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Hotpoint FFL49X Fridge compartment

When the fridge is cooling the fan starts to make a noise which has been gradually getting louder over the past few days. Now unbearable to listen to. The 1st year warranty has typically just expired, but we not even used over that full time period. 10 months use. I can't see any visible forms if ice build up, so assume the frost free function is ok. There no flashing warning lights on the display and the temperature is set to 5 degrees C for the fridge. Apart from the noise is OK, but expecting a motor to burn out soon?

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  • kev_w Aug 22, 2007

    Just needed a manual defrost.....

  • kev_w Aug 22, 2007

    Ice still builds up over time around the fan so contact and noise will eventually be made.

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2008

    My landlady bought a used Hotpoint for my apartment. Model CTX14CYBBRNW. Make a horrible noise when every 15 minutes or so. Possible cause?

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GE Hotpoint has a history of bad fans and poor customer service. Unfortunate and a costly defect. Repair this yearly, forever or trash and buy new???

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