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My Hotpoint Combination 8562 is not working, I've changed

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My Hotpoint Combination 8562 is not working, I've changed the fuse. Food is still frozen, but fridge is not cool as normal ?

Hi, welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I look forward to helping you!

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Can you hear a fan running in the freezer section? Can you see any frost on the back wall inside the freezer?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
fan running, food still frozen but no frost on back wall inside. I'd like to know why fridge isn't working?

There is likely an obstruction in the air path that is stopping the air flow to the refrigerator.

May I please have your complete model number so I am able to provide you with accurate, model specific information?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
All information I have is Hotpoint Combination 5862. Could it be the thermostat has gone ?

Not if the freezer is cooling well. I would unplug it for 24 hours with the doors open and I suspect it will thaw and start cooling well again.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Isn't that a bit risky, the froze food will be wasted especially in this weather? How can an obstruction get caught in air flow?

The food will need to be moved to another cooler or appliance. Frost accumulates in the air path and will cause the flow to be inhibited. That is very common.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK thanks, ***** ***** I take your advice - turn off fridge / freezer for 24 hours and open doors that will resolve my issue?

If the freezer is cooling fine and the fan is working, I believe so, yes.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you

You are very welcome, thank you!

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Kelly I just double checked - there is frost on the inside back wall. The complete model number is ***** does that help?

Okay, so it needs to be thawed, it has frost behind that panel that is blocking the air.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK, no other alternative?

Only if you want to totally disassemble the freezer, remove the rear wall and use a hair dryer to thaw it out.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I recently thawed the fridge in June? Could the freezer need thawing out so soon?

Was it totally thawed? If so, you likely have a faulty component in the defrost circuit.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it was totally thawed

So there is a component in the defrost circuit that is faulty, the heater, sensor or main control. Do you have any electrical test equipment?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
H Kelly just so I'm totally clear. My fridge is not working, it is not maintaining it's optimal temperature and you say this is because of an obstruction and to resolve it I need to thaw my food in the freezer which will clear obstruction and fridge will work properly again?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No electrical test equipment

The frost in the freezer is not allowing air from the freezer to be taken to the refrigerator section. If you thaw the frost, air will then be allowed into the refrigerator. However, if it keeps freezing up, you have a broken part that will need to be replaced.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you Kelly

You bet, thank you!