Question about Hotpoint FFA90 Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
Hi, on my FFA90 the vent at the bottom of the fridge is not expelling cold air and the one at the top is working, but not at full strength. Is this the fan icing up? and if so what is the quickest and easiest solution?
The frreezer seems OK, last time it froze up all the fans stopped working and the freezer food started to defrost!
Many thanks in advance,
Adam, I had this happen to me! There is no easy solution, unfortunately. Let's go through the possibilities:
You're not defrosting completely and the ice is blocking the coils. Shut the unit down by unplugging it. You will actually have to take this apart to defrost them. Messy, I know. Other alternative: wait for at least two days!! And your food will spoil. If you don't start with a 'clean box', you'll never be able to clear the ice and keep it working.
Unplug the unit. Remove the rear interior freezer panel and unplug the ice maker and other stuff that's there. If there's an icemaker, don't forget to shut off the water! Use a hair dryer to assist in the defrost. Avoid getting it wet!!! Do not use a knife near the coils. Stab one and it's over! Get it clean and dry! There are two wires that go to a long heater that runs the width of the cabinet below the coils. They help defrost the coils If you have an ohm meter, measure from one wire clip to the other and get a reading. Should be close to continuity (not over 100 ohms). If not, the defroster wires are corroded or the heater is defective. Determine which. Ohm meters are available for under $10. Not interested in all that? At least cycle the connectors or wiggle the wires enough to make the connection better. There is a timer which controls this called the defrost timer. They don't usually cause trouble in GE/Hotpoints. If they stick, they may not cause that heater to start defrosting.
Very important thing: on many GE/Hotpoint units, the condenser is located under the unit and they get dirty. Get a brush made for this purpose...about 18 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Remove the front kick panel and clean all the gunk out of there. Repeat every six months!!!
Now: Remove the rear paperboard to expose the compressor. You'll see that it has either 2 or 3 tubes coming out of it. The largest is what you'll clean off. Start the unit. In the next 5 minutes, the tube should become cold enough to first frost over and then either have it turn to water or dry up. It should be pretty cold. If the tube is still frosty-low gas is a strong possibility. Up top, in the freezer compartment you should note the same thing with the coils. If they are not frosting evenly...you're low on gas. Get this handled professionally. Remember...this process takes at least 5 minutes after compressor start!!!
Oh, and one other thing: moisture is the enemy. Don't 'window shop'. If the door is left open or the gasket is damaged, this will cause excess moisture to condense.
Posted on Nov 25, 2007
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