Question about Hotpoint FFA60 Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
Hi, I woke this morning to find a dark black oil like fluid under my fridge, looks like it ran down the inside of the freezer door and pooled on the ground. Everthing seems cold enough, but there is quite a lot of ice building up in the freezer. Any idea what this could be from and if I should have someone look tat it? Thanks, Mark.
You freezer sounds like the self defrosting function has failed. If the evaporater coil freezes up, it gets really cold, but the air in the top of the freezer gets warm, so you could have stuff towards the top of the compartment melting, while the bottom is super cold. The heating element, thermal limit switch, or the timer could be bad. I am not particularly familiar with this model, but most have a little timer motor mounted behind the toe kick somewhere that contrlos the defrost intervals. The timer sends power through the thermal limit switch, located on the inlet tube of the evaporater (coils that get cold in the freezer) and keeps the heater from over heating. This part is probably the most common failure. From the switch, power goes to the heater element, which is mounted directly to the evaporater. If the heater looks kind of like a bake element style (similar to what you'd find in the bottom of your oven) then its probably not bad. If its a glass tube style, then they fail more commonly. Hope this helps, good luck! P.S. this could all have been caused by a door left slightly ajar overnight too...if you think that may have happened, then just turn it off and leave the door open for a day or 2...it'll defrost and be fine!
Posted on Oct 08, 2006
I just fixed this problem on my refrigerator 5 minutes ago. I took the panel off the back wall of the upright freezer and poured hot water down the drain (small hole made of black rubber). That melted the built up ice. Then I had to stick a flexible piece of plastic down the drain plug and all of the sudden all the water rushed down the drain. The plastic item I used was one of those glow in the dark bracelets kids wear. My daughter heard that it will last longer if you put in the freezer. After poking fun at her for having it in the freezer I told her she is the hero because it worked perfectly to unclog the drain. I then went into the back to siphon out the water from the drain pan. It was easy to remove the cardboard covering off the bottom of the back side of the refrigerator. The drain pan is below the fan as it's secondary purpose is to evaporate the water from the drain pan. Piece of cake and save you a lot of money!
Posted on Dec 23, 2009
I fixed my problem myself on my VCBB363R.After Viking told me they were gonna charge mee 100.00 just to come to my house, I said forget it I'll figure it out myself. After speaking with Viking on the phone and told them what I did, they offered me a job. No thanks.
Anyway, You'll have to remove the back wall of the freezer to do this. Belive me it's not that difficult. Just turn down the freezer temp when doing this.
1/4" nut driver, phillips head screw driver, and some time. In addition the icemaker will have to come off. Just a plug and lift it up off 2 screws. remember to shut the the water valve off.
Once the wall is removed look down on the bottom there is a hole... That hole transfers condensation water to the drain pan below where it is disapated by the heat of the coils.
Your problem is something (usually food particals are caught and the water eventually slows the and draining and freezes.
this causes backup and forms ice on the bottom of the freezer to the point where it will oooz out of the sides and distroy your floor. Solution to remove the ice dam. get a hair dryer and remove the bottom plate of the fridge. with a flashlight watch the pan while placing heat over the hole. eventually what is caught will fall out and the water will follow. Make sure you clean all the ice out of the freezer by placing a dish towelover it and slightly tapping with a heavy objet to crack the ice. clean reall good and replace the parts. THIS REALLY works. I've done it. Just keep your frezer clean and this won't happen again.
Posted on Jun 03, 2008
Ice forms at the bottom of the Hotpoint FFA90 Freezer compartment, below the bottom drawer.
The drain hole at the back of the freezer compartment is blocked with ice and sludge.
This take about 20 minutes to complete.
1. Tools required:
- 7mm socket spinner.
- Phillips screwdriver.
- Clean damp cloth.
- Electric fan heater (optional, but it makes the job much quicker).
- A length of plastic tubing approx 3 ft (1 metre) long with 5mm bore (optional).
- A few inches of fairly stiff but flexible, insulated wire. I used a piece of yellow/green earth wire.
- A torch or inspection lamp.
2. Switch off the fridge and pull out the mains plug.
3. Remove all the freezer drawers. If there is food in them, wrap them in a duvet or something cosy to reduce thawing.
4. Place a shallow tray under the front of the freezer compartment to catch dripping water.
5. Switch the fan heater on to low heat, and let it blow into the freezer compartment from a distance. DO NOT get it too close - a gentle heat is all you need.
6. After a few minutes, use a blunt knife to prise the sheet of ice away from the bottom of the freezer compartment. I managed to lift mine out in one piece! - but it will probably crack into smaller pieces. Mop up as you go.
7. Using the 7mm spinner, remove the 8 self-tapping, hexagonal head screws that fix the back panel inside the freezer compartment. With all the screws removed, ease the panel out gently, pulling from the bottom first. It may stick a bit where ice has stuck to foam rubber inside, so don't pull to fast.
8. Put the panel on your draining board and allow it to thaw out. There will probably be lots of ice stuck to the foam rubber backing. Don't pull the ice off by hand - you may damage the foam.
9. At the back of the freezer compartment, below the chiller tubes, there is a drain hole about 15mm diameter, and this will probably be blocked with ice. Allow the fan heater to continue to thaw the ice in here, mopping up from time to time. Gently ease off any bits of ice with the blunt knife. As the ice thaws, the drain hole will gradually clear.
10. Insert one end of the plastic tube into the drain hole, and blow long and steady through the other. The warmth of your breath will help to thaw the ice in the drainage tube. Keep going until you have cleared about 5cm down.
11. Now use the piece of wire to poke down the hole and clear any further blockage. This should go down about 8-10 cm or so.
OK, that's cleared the drain hole and the drain pipe. Now you have to clear a messy brown sludge from the evaporation tray underneath, at the back.
12. Switch off the fan heater, and pull the fridge freezer away from the wall, so that you have clear access to the back.
13. Vacuum the dust and cobwebs out of the way - you need to see what you're doing!
14. Above the motor is the evaporation tray. Remove the two Phillips screws that fix it to the back of the fridge.
15. You'll need the torch for the next bit. Look between the top of the evaporation tray and the underneath of the freezer compartment. You will see a black, soft plastic tube about 18mm diameter that links the drainage hole with the tray. Use the screwdriver to prise the tube gently upwards and out of the tray. This could be messy with brown sludge.
16. Taking care not to damage or bend the metal pipes, gently remove the evaporation tray. This will probably have a messy brown sludge in parts.
17. Wash the tray clean; it will need a jet of water and a small washing up brush to get this clean.
18. Wipe the black plastic tube clean.
19. Replace the tray. The fiddly bit is getting the black tube back into the corresponding tubular hole in the tray. I had to remove the screw from the bottom left corner of the coolant pipework in order to get my hand in. Bend the black tube double so that the fold is towards you, and ease the end into the tubular hole in the tray; then push the tube down into place.
20. Re-fix the tray and fixing screw for the coolant pipes; then move the fridge freezer back into place.
21. The inner panel should have thawed somewhat. Gently remove any remaining ice and mop it dry. Press the aluminium foil and foam back into place. Wipe both sides clean.
22. Inside the freezer compartment, mop the coolant tubing gently. Mop the circular foam seal around the fan, and press it back into place.
23. Replace the inner panel. DO NOT over tighten the screws, as they are self-tapping into the plastic walls of the freezer compartment, and you might strip the thread.
24. Replace the freezer drawers, and switch on.
You should now be up and running.
I hope this is easy to understand! Good luck.
Posted on Nov 12, 2008
SOURCE: Ice in my fridge
Without seeing this I can't tell you a price or exact fault but the first free thing to try that could likely fix it. unplug the unit from the power and leave both the doors open for 48hrs so the unit is 100% defrosted then try again. cheers.
Posted on May 31, 2009
If you take all the drawers out of the freezer - you will find 8 screws with 'bolt type' heads - 2 top, 4 at sides and 2 to the bottom.
Turn the power off. Undo all these screws and remove the rear panel. You will notice the 'gubbins' of the freezer. At the bottom you should notice there is a shaped plate with some piping running around and then up into the cooling 'radiator'. Towards the middle left of the plate there should be a hole - this is the drain hole. Is it blocked with a 'slug' of ice! Yes is my guess. This needs defrosting as will the rear panel you took out by any guess.
I did ours this morning as the fridge freezer was making a heck of a racket. Took about 30 minutes with the wife's hairdryer - and I'm no expert.
I just enjoy the fact I'd probably saved £50 plus on a callout.
Posted on Jan 02, 2010
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