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Hotpoint fridge freezer ffa60 red light stays on after ive defrosted it and left fast freeze on for 24 hours,still only cold not freezing.the compressor at the back is red hot and cant put your hand on it.

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Check to see if the fan near the compressor is running. It should run when the compressor runs. Spin it and it may start.

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  • st018q4248 Sep 02, 2010

    thanks for the help,
    cant see the fan by compressor,there dosen`t seem to be one.
    the fan inside the freezer works when it kicks in
    ,just isnt ice cold after nearly 2 days of fast freeze.
    i can here the freezer working but red warm light still on.
    dont know what to check next.

  • Charles T Nevin
    Charles T Nevin Sep 03, 2010

    The condenser fan near the compressor is behind the card board backing on the back of the fridge. If that's ok check for a defrost problem.
    DEFROST PROBLEM
    The evaporator coil behind the cover on the back wall inside the freezer will ice up under normal conditions. Every 8 to 10 hours for around 20 minutes the defrost timer (or in most newer models the electronic adaptive defrost control) will turn the defrost heater on to melt the built up ice. There is a defrost thermostat which prevents the heater from overheating the freezer by breaking the heater circuit when the temp reaches close to 32 degrees F. The entire cooling system shuts off during the defrost cycle and starts back when the timer advances through the cycle.

    If this ice is not melted it will continue to build up until the air can’t flow over the coil to circulate the cold air through the freezer and into the fridge. The temperature change in the fridge is usually noticed first followed by the freezer.

    If the defrost thermostat is bad, it can prevent the heater from coming on OR it won’t turn the heater off when it gets too warm. It is clamped to the evaporator coil at the top to sense the temp. If it appears to be misshapen it is bad.
    With an ohm meter it should show continuity when cold and none when warm.
    You can also bypass(disconnect the two wires plugged into it and twist them together) the thermostat to see if the heater comes on then. If it does then you know the thermostat is bad and needs replaced.

    The defrost heater is located on the evaporator. It is in a tube which is at the bottom and can also go up the sides of the evaporator. On some types you can see a burnt spot if it’s bad. With an ohm meter it should show continuity from end to end when disconnected from the wiring in the freezer. You can also test the wiring for voltage when it’s in the defrost mode.

    If you have a defrost timer you can test it. It can be located under the fridge behind the kick panel on the front. Some are in the fridge with the controls at the top. You can turn the defrost timer till it clicks and everything shuts down. The heater should now come on. If it does, replace the timer because that means the timer is not running. If it doesn't, check the heater and defrost thermostat. Turn the timer again till everything starts back up to end the defrost cycle.

    If you have an adaptive defrost control instead of a timer, replace it if the heater and thermostat test good. It is located in the fridge with the controls in some models and on the back in others.
    You can post your model number into one of several appliance parts sites on the internet and search for defrost components to find your parts.

  • st018q4248 Sep 03, 2010

    woodchuck thanks for your time ,i really appreciate it but think its way over my head so i have gave in and taken a trip to curry`s to buy a new one...thank you very much for your help.

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