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My fridge is a hotpoint frost free. its still operating but too hot. fan comes on behind freezer part but not all the time?? temp fluctuates between -5 and -10 in freezer and is way too hot in fridge. (30) unit has some frost bulid up on it. please help!

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  • lamps28 Nov 08, 2008

    but is the fan meant to be on all the time anyhow?

    and i have no idea where to get the replacememnt parts, or indeed how to rpleace them. solenoid?? dont even know where it is?

  • lamps28 Nov 08, 2008

    ok, thanks.

    but.......the fan does apperat to work, just not all the time. could the problem lie elsewhere.

    i just dont want to replace the fan for the same to happen.

  • lamps28 Nov 08, 2008

    i cant find any defost timer, i have an electronic readout of temp whicj i can adjust for the refrigerator section to range from 0- 6. this has no effect on my problem

  • lamps28 Nov 08, 2008


    i know how to clean it!!!!!

    i dont know how to repair it!!!!


  • lamps28 Nov 08, 2008

    no door leaks.

    ok, defrost problem? how do i fix it?

  • lamps28 Nov 08, 2008

    i dont have a 'cold control'



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find the termostat
may your termostat in not working
or replaced it

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You don't need to manually defrost your self-defrosting refrigerator/freezer. Every 6 to 8 hours, it heats up its cooling coils slightly and melts any frost accumulation on the coils. The resulting water drains into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator/freezer. 
There's no need to empty the pan. The water in it will evaporate. But it may begin to smell bad over time. You may be able to remove it for periodic cleaning by detaching the lower grill and sliding the pan out the front of the refrigerator/freezer.

Note… When mold grows in the drain pan, it is sometimes considered to be a health concern. If your drain pan is removable, and if you're sensitive to mold, consider cleaning the drain pan periodically.

Under your refrigerator/freezer is a set of coils and a cooling fan that you need to clean at least once a year. The coils may look like a grate or like a wide radiator. Unplug the refrigerator/freezer and use a Refrigerator Condenser Brush (available in the accessories section of our website), and your vacuum cleaner to clean any lint, pet hair, and so on from the coils. 

If the gasket or interior of the refrigerator/freezer needs cleaning, try Refrigerator Cleaner to clean the surfaces. You can find this useful product in our accessories section

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    rush2robby Nov 08, 2008

    find all information as you want for your refrigerator (parts, service manual, user manual and all)---


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If the refrigerator's light works and you can hear it running, but it cools poorly or runs without stopping, make sure nothing is blocking the passageway between the freezer and refrigerator compartments. If airflow is restricted by, for example, a loaf of bread situated in front of the passageway, the refrigerator won't get cold. Be aware that a refrigerator will tend to run longer when it's full of food, the door is opened frequently, or the room temperature is hot.

If your refrigerator runs without stopping, it may be low on refrigerant. Without a full charge, it cannot reach the low temperature that the cold control dial summons. More likely, it is a defrost problem in which a component in the automatic defrosting system is faulty. This could be a defrost heater, a defrost timer, or a defrost terminator.
Before you call a repairperson, do the following:

1) Determine whether the refrigerator section is being cooled. If you see frost at the top of a "frost-free" refrigerator even when the cold control is set low, it means the refrigerator probably has a full charge of refrigerant. If this is the case, the thermostat may be faulty or out of calibration.

2) Try turning the cold control both up and down. If the compressor doesn't shut off, the cold control may be broken. Call a repairperson. During the repair, it is a good idea to have the defrost timer and heaters checked to ensure they are working correctly.

3) Look at the condenser coils, located at the bottom of the refrigerator (behind the kick plate) or, in some cases, at the back. These coils disperse heat from inside the refrigerator out into the room with the aid of a fan. If the coils are dirty, the refrigerator won't operate efficiently. You must clean them regularly.

4) Make sure the drain line under the evaporator coils, which goes to a pan underneath, is not plugged up (water should drip into the pan when the refrigerator is defrosting).

5) To put off having the refrigerator repaired for a few days, you may be able to defrost it manually with a hair dryer—if you can access the cooling coils in the freezer section. Excessive moisture in the coils can turn into a frozen mass, reducing efficiency. Be very careful when using the hair dryer, and do not stand in a puddle of water; there is a serious risk of electrical shock. Also be careful not to melt the plastic parts.

Hope this helps

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Nov 08, 2008


    Check on the defrost timer as well. On some refrigerators, you
    can manually advance the defrost timer, a small black box that may be
    located almost anywhere but is usually on the ceiling of the fresh food
    section. Advance it until it clicks into the defrost mode (you should
    be able to hear the heaters come on).

    If this works, the defrost
    timer is defective and will need to be replaced, but this action will
    keep it running for a little while. If this technique doesn't work, the
    problem is probably the heater or the terminator. Call the manufacturer
    for advice.

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Nov 08, 2008

    clean condenser coils on
    forced-air refrigerators, such as side-by-side and built-in models, at
    least twice a year. (If you have a refrigerator with the black coils
    mounted on the back, these coils don't require semiannual cleaning.)

    Here's how to do it:
    1) Pull the refrigerator away from the wall, and unplug it. Or, if it's a built-in model, turn off its circuit breaker.

    2) Remove the cover panel
    to reveal the coils. On most models, the kick plate or top trim plate
    simply lifts off. You may have to remove a few screws to remove a back

    3) With a long, narrow nozzle on your
    vacuum, clean out all of the dust and debris. (At an appliance parts
    store, you can buy a special long-handled brush that looks somewhat
    like a bottle brush for this job.)

    4) Replace the cover, and then plug the electrical cord back in or turn the circuit back on.

    If all fails contact a repair person

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Nov 08, 2008

    ) Check the cold control.
    Be sure it is set to "cold." Normally, the temperature inside the
    refrigerator should be about 37 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Listen for the freezer fan inside the freezer. When the freezer fan is
    running, it means the defrost timer and the cold control in the
    refrigerator are both set to cool.

    3) Listen for
    the compressor fan, where the compressor is located (typically behind
    or beneath the refrigerator. When the freezer fan is operating, the
    compressor fan should also be working (most of the time).

    4) If one of the fans is not working or the compressor is off, the refrigerator will offer very little cooling or none at all.

    keep us posted

  • Edgar Allan Pagayona
    Edgar Allan Pagayona Nov 08, 2008

    can you hear the two fans working? the freezer fan and the compressor fan?


    Normally, the defrost
    timer automatically cycles the refrigerator to defrost for about 20
    minutes every 6 to 8 hours—it essentially heats up coils to melt the
    ice. If it isn't working right, ice remains on the tubing and,
    eventually, restricts airflow through the refrigerator.

    If one of the fans is not working or the compressor is off, the refrigerator will offer very little cooling or none at all


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The condenser fan motor and its blade can develop problems.
Check to ensure it is operating and at full speed, whenever the compressor is running.

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  • SAM ANDERSON Nov 08, 2008

    You can get replacement parts from the link below

    Hotpoint parts

  • SAM ANDERSON Nov 08, 2008

    Check your door for air leak.

    There is also chance you have trouble with defrost circuit .

  • SAM ANDERSON Nov 08, 2008

    You can get information about defrost circuit from the link below



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If the fan behind the freezer is operating erratically, replace the fan or the solenoid that activates the fan.

The fan is part of the defrost system, when it is defective, the fridge wont produce enough cool.

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  • Ginko
    Ginko Nov 08, 2008

    In your case the fridge is obviously not cooling because of a problem with the evaporator coil.

    Replace the fan.

    You find schematics and replacement parts here.

    On this problem see also : Cooling is poor

  • Ginko
    Ginko Nov 08, 2008

    I told youy, if you get ice in the coil at the back of the fridge, that means that the defrost system is not working properly.

    The fan it is not supposed to run all the time, but if cooling is poor, and you see the coils at the back are freezing, then there is a problem with the defrost system, and the fan it is part of this.

    As an user, the only thing you can do is defrosting thoroughly the fridge, leaving it umplugged overnight.

    If after restarting, in one or two day, youy get the problem again, then the defrost system (fan, heating element, etc) has a problem.

    From here onward you can proceed in two ways.

    1, you have some background and experience in repairing appliance.
    In this case use the information given, and the schematics that you find here schematics and replacement parts here.

    2 You never attempted disassembling a fridge and repairing parts before:
    In this case ring the phone number listed on the user manual, report our advice, and ask them a quote for repair.
    This can still save you some money, since you know what the problem is already, and you can ask a quote for the specific repair.


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