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I have a mistral ff93s that has stopped cooling both the fridge and freezer. It has been making more noise than usual and this morning it smelled a bit of burning. I followed the trouble shooting guide, but it was not helpful. The unit is 7 yrs old and has always operated perfectly. Any ideas what it might be or is it time to replace the fridge?

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I fixed it! The fridge and freezer are both back to their normal running temperatures. The problem was dust/fluff clogging the motor fan at the bottom, which caused it to overheat and cut out. I had to modify my vacuum cleaner by putting a long thin tube into the flexible hose to be able to reach the fan, which is low to the ground and deep within the unit. The Hotpoint owners manual only mentions taking the cover grill off the front and hoovering as part of generally maintanance, but that doesn't get anywhere near where the dust and fluff accumulate. Once the fluff was removed the fan started working again. As the right front of the unit (behind the grill) is intake, it really needs some kind of filter to prevent this from happening again.

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