First time poster, semi-frequent lurker here!
We completed a kitchen remodel 10 months ago (October'ish) and we've recently run into a problem with our refrigerator. It is only 2 years old (Maytag 27 CF side by side). I've noticed that it's almost always running. And the facing of the refrigerator (where the doors meet--yodel loop is underneath the facing???) is consistenly hot to the touch. It also seems to run constantly. And blows out warm/hot air from the bottom under the refrigerator section. It seems to cool and freeze ok.....but we've noticed smaller ice cubes....and a diminshed water flow from the dispenser.
I've been told the issue I'm experiencing is because we now have the refrigerator "boxed in" by cabinetry and a wall....and there isn't enough ventilation behind or on the sides of it to allow the compressor/condenser to "breathe". Is this true?
I was actually taken aback when a Maytag tech told me this as all the showrooms we visited showed cabinetry with refrigerators "boxed in" such as ours is. And the "designer" at Home Depot never mentioned an issue....and neither did our contractor. We left about 4 inches between the wall and the back of the unit. And there is 2-3 inches on top. But it's tight on the sides.
Any technical issues that could cause this? We had the tech replace the condenser fan (He threw me a bone and said the issue *may* have been caused by an intermittent fan...but I can now see it wasn't the fan). The condenser area (underneath the refrigerator) is clean. The tech told us he "checked" everything else. I want to make sure before I start cutting out areas in the wall/floor for "venting" that I exhaust all possible causes of our *issues*.
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