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Hot Point Side by Side. Freezer works, Fridge not cool enough

I have a Hotpoint Side by Side fridge/freezer with icemaker and water dispenser. It is about 6 years old. The freezer is working fine. But the fridge temp will not go below 42 degrees. Any suggestions on how to fix this problem?

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  • Anonymous Oct 08, 2008

    i have a freezen pc

  • Anonymous Oct 08, 2008

    I have the same problem except my fridge won't go below 59 degrees

  • scroughstock Oct 08, 2008

    I have a Hot Point side by side, that will not get colder than 50 on the fridge side, Freezer is working good

  • ken772003 Dec 28, 2008

    i have a chest freezer the relay keep clicks on then off in every 15 sec. the temp over 45 degree. Have any one knows how to fix it ?

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2008

    I just came back from the store and noticed the items were WARM.  Temp is around 50 deg F in the fridge, but the freezer is fine.  I have a manual gauge to verify temp, I just tossed in a digital gauge to confirm and cranked the gauge 3 digits cooler to see if it helps.  I also threw in some ice packs and frozen juice to try and preserve the new food while I give it a few hours until I check back.

    No ice maker or water hooked up.  I have no clue on the exact model HotPoint, but it is a 19.6 side by side with the OPTION of ice.

  • Anonymous May 21, 2009

    The freezer side to my fridge works and the fridge side doesnt get cool anymore. unplugged it overnight and defrosted and it got cold again when plugged in but only for about 12 hours. Is this a prob I can fix myself or need to call a repair man?

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    Refrigerator won't get below 62 and freezer is 40.

  • moodyjpg May 23, 2009

    Hotpoint refrigerator won't get below 62 * and freezer @ 40.



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Check freezer for frost build up and if fan blowing, check condenser make sure clean, and fan blowing, check vents in refrig. make sure no blockage, freezer control should be in the middle setting, you can try turning that to Warmer Freezer allowing MORE air to refrigertor side.

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Power went off. Reset the circuit breaker, made a noise in the are of the icemaker. Ice maker quit working freezing up. thawed the freezer out turned it back on but is still froze up not making ice.

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