I have a Hotpoint F/F 2 months old Model FF 175BP(previously I had a separate Fridge and Freezer which were v. quiet.
This new Fridge Freezer switches on and off continuously EVERY 30 MINUTES and often rattles a lot.
There are two controls - one for Fridge which I have set just under medium and the frisge works well and stays at about 4 or 5 degrees all the time.
The frezer control I have set just below medium setting and freezer works no problem at about minus 8 or 10 on my thermometer.
When the unit cuts in there is initially just a whooshing sound (is this the fan) which is ok. After a few minutes there are other noises like rattles as if a compressor is working.
As i have an open plan kitchen diner I find all this annoying. Should the cut in only happen every few hours not every 30 mins?
Also, when i put say fresh bread and unfrozen items in for the first time in top drawer - the unit does not cut off for about three hours!!
It is still under the initial 90 day replacement guarantee. is this the norm for F/Fs or do you think i have a duff one?
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the motor of the compressor may have tripped on overload protection. Allow it to cool down and then unplug the fridge then plug it back in and try to run it. It should run. Be advised that the condenser coils underneath need to be clean. You should have a strong person tilt the empty fridge while you vacuum and clean all the dust and lint off the coils. Be gentle as these coils are fragile and are easily damaged. Hope this helps.
Does your model have independent thermostats for the fridge & freezer???
If not, could be that you will need to change the Thermostat.
These are not expensive - around £10 if you buy on the Internet.
Easy to fit yourself...just turn off the power, remove the power plug from the wall, then unscrew the 'stat unit from inside near the top of the fridge (some are attached to the interior light) and remove the screw holding the thermostat tube to the rear wall.
Often the thermostat gets a small hole somewhere in the long tube, which then lets all the gas escape, making the stat useless.
You can see these small holes in the pipe if you use a magnifying eyeglass, like the kind Jewellers use.
It seems to me that there is a leak of gas from your unit.This is if you have 1 compressor/motor)If there is two compressors on unit then it can be thermostat for fridge.Anyhow check if motor is running all the time and is wery hot, if it is there is to little gas in system .This should be covered by guarantee.Jan
Turn the second knob at the top to off (freezer knob) turn the fridge freezer off. Then turn it back on. That may sort it. Or you may need to totally defrost the machine as there could be some ice blocking some vents. May need to remove the back panel of the freezer for this (inside).
s it should the ambient temperatures that you said are way to cold to expect the freezer to operate properly. move it indoors and or contact the manufacture and see if the have a kit to put on the unit to work properly.
Your defrost system is not working. Try to find the defrost timer and advance it until it clicks. The back of the refer should have a diagram with the location on it. If this works then replace the timer, if not, then you need to remove the floor of the freezer an replace the defrost element and limit switch.