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Hotpoint Larder fridge RLA81. Frosting up on upper back inside

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Hotpoint Larder fridge RLA81.
Frosting up on upper back inside wall of fridge.
Warmest setting has been set on front temperature control but does not have any effect.
Fridge is constantly droning but does not shut off.
Previous normal frozen droplets in fridge now replaced by all-over frosting.
The drain hole is clean and clear.
Is it possibly the thermostat and can it be replaced easily?

Thanks

Mark
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Techdesk replied 3 years ago.
Hiya,
Is the icing all over or is it snow all over?

Is the ice or frost only across a certain part of the rear wall?

Thanks
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It is 'snow' all over


the 'snow' is right accross the rear wall and goes from the top to about 15" down

Expert:  Techdesk replied 3 years ago.
Hiya,
OK, is it clear below this?
Feel the wall below the snow, push on it, is it soft and spongy?
Is it cold or room temperature?

Thanks
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The wall beneath the 'snow' is clear, cold dry and hard to touch.

Expert:  Techdesk replied 3 years ago.
Hiya,
OK, thanks for that.

If the snow stops a good bit short of the drain channel it suggests a restriction in the foamed in evaporator.

Because of the restriction, the area where the thermostat sits against the evaporator doesn't get cold enough to turn the machine off.

Have you tried a full defrost, unplugging for 24 hours and leaving it with the door open?

If not, I'd suggest trying this to see if the restriction clears itself.

Let me know what happens.
Thanks
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Many thanks.


 


I'll unplug for 24 hrs and leave it with the door open.If the restriction clears itself, then all well and good.


If it does not work then I'll think again.


Thank you for your kind consideration.


 


Mark


 

Expert:  Techdesk replied 3 years ago.
Hiya,
Let me know what happens as there are still options open to you.
How old is the appliance?

Thanks
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Fridge is approx 5 years old.


 

Expert:  Techdesk replied 3 years ago.

Hiya,

OK, thanks for that.

 

Try the defrost, see what happens and get back to me.

 

Thanks

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

O.K I'll try the defrost first.


 


How do I reconnect to 'chat' with you again?


 

Expert:  Techdesk replied 3 years ago.
Hiya,
You have links in the emails you've been receiving.
They'll take you back here.

Thanks
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Great stuff. Thanks.


 


Maybe 'chat' soon.


 


I'll click on the 'abort session' bit to say cheerio.

Expert:  canuck the pro replied 3 years ago.
Hi, my name is Mike and I have been in the home improvement and repair field for 20 years. I will be very glad to help you today. I see that you have opted Techdesk out of the question and I am wondering if you still require assistance? If you do what was the result of the defrosting?

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