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Freezer - Exterior Case Warm

It is common for both chest and upright freezers to feel warm (sometimes hot) on the sides.
  • All current chest freezers have the condenser wrapped around the outside of the case. The outside white surface is actually acting as the condenser to remove heat from the inside. (If the compressor is not running, the sides may feel cool at times - this is normal.)
  • Upright freezers will also be warm on the outside. Heaters are placed in the case to keep it warm enough not to "sweat" during humid days. This can cause the case to feel hot, and is considered normal.


Walls can be up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the environment in which it is installed.

It is important to allow proper air circulation around freezers:
  • Chest: allow 3" on all sides and 1" between back and wall.
  • Upright: 9 cubic feet and larger typically require 3"of air space on top and all 4 sides. (Check the Owner's Manual for your specific model to be sure.)
  • Upright less than 9 cubic feet (compacts): typically require 4" on the top and back and 1/2" on the sides. (Check the Owner's Manual for your specific model to be sure.)