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Having trouble installing new fridge thermostat

Our fridge thermostat packed up. Burnt contacts meant it didn't
switch off when the temperature got down low enough. So I bought a
new thermostat.

The unit sits behind a panel above the door and a capillary tube
pushes through a small hole behind and basically passes towards the
back of the fridge, under the top cover. The coldest part of the
fridge is just behind the top shelf at the back.

Whilst I know that the thermostat is working (it switches when put in
an ice pack), it doesn't operate when the capillary tube is put in
position in the fridge. When I push the 1.4 metre long capillary in,
bearing in mind the fridge is 0.5 m deep, I can hear it curling
itself around under the top cover, presumably insulated from the cold
inside. Pulling the capillary out again, it has a nice steady curve,
always in the same direction no matter how I insert it. It obviously
isn't getting to where it should.

The top cover is well and truly fixed on, glued or stuck with
expanding foam, and the back has the heat exchanger and a thick foil
backed foam on it. There doesn't seem to be any way of getting into
the thing.

The fridge is a Hotpoint RLA 50. Any ideas would be most appreciated

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SOURCE: Fridge is freezing food

no more than likely that your thermostat is faulty all f/freezers have 2 stats 1 to keep fridge cool and 1 to the freezer u will need to replace the 1 in the fridge m8

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SOURCE: Water not getting to dispenser, but does get to ice maker.

Hi All,
The fix to the "GE/Hotpoint Secret" frozen water dispenser problem is the Dispenser Water Tube Heater Kit, P/N WR49X10173 that can be purchased at Sears. Just a few bucks. My Hotpoint (model HSM25GFRA5A) had the same issue and GE would not tell me anything but required a technician to come out. The technician had no clue but after making some calls found the heater at Sears and ordered it delivered to me. He had to setup a return appointment but I canceled it after getting the parts and fixing it myself. The instructions are in the kit. Since most all GE/Hotpoint refrigerators (same model group of course) use the same parts/assemblies this will work for lots of folks. See pic below. If the area behind the cover looks like this it may be the part. Feel free to email me for help on this ( Piece of cake.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008

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SOURCE: Hotpoint Fridge Freezer FF187e - 3 lights flashing

Thanks to this site and previous writers - my fridge freezer is working fine now.

My freezer was working normally but the fridge did not at all.I opened the back of the freezer section to reveal the filament all iced up as previously recommended ( many thanks) -rememeber there are 2 white covers to remove. PlEASE DO NOT chip away the ice as you will accidently chip the metal and break the filament . I did that once with another freezer and gas came out and therefore broke it- be patient and safer and use a hair dryer.

I am month 8 of 12 month warranty- should i contact hotpoint and complain what seems like a design fault? i would recommend feedback.

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Either the repair guy did not wire up the heater correctly or he replaced the wrong part, if the heater was good it was likley to be the defrost thermostat...I would call the repair guy back to check.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009

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SOURCE: Hotpoint FFA70 - Freezer door will not close properly.

The same thing happened to my Hotpoint FFA70.

A huge block of ice has built up behind the back panel. This has made the back panel expand, thus making the drawers jut out too far. Like me, you may not think ice build up is the cause, since you cannot see any ice.

Action: Defrost freezer. Yes, I know its frost free, but wait an see! Take out al drawers, empty fridge and freezer and defrost overnight with doors open. The next morning, unscrew the back panel of the freezer. You will see 4 screws, 2 at the top, 2 at the bottom. These are not normal screws and are in an awkward postion at the top. Use pliers to grip and unscrew. Slide the panel forward and out. There! A massive block of ice! YOu will also see a hole at the bottom. SO that this didn't get blocked with all the water, I plugged the hole up using a ball of tissue wrapped in some plastic from a plastic bag (clingfilm would also do the trick). Use a hairdryer to melt the ice. Do not chip away at the ice as this might do damage. It took mine about 20 minutes to melt until a large block could be safely removed. Once you have dried the inside, unblock hole and screw panel back on. The drawers should now fit and the door close. I found I still needed to give my door a little help with closing it, but it did close and seal fully. All you have to do now is turn the fridgefreezer back on.

Hope this helps :)

Posted on Oct 01, 2009

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