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My hotpoint fridge internal light is on but the fridge motor

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Hi, my hotpoint fridge internal light is on but the fridge motor is not coming on and there is an occasional clicking noise. I have cleaned the back of the fridge and there is electricity. I have just defrosted the fridge when it was working normally.
JA: How old is your Hotpoint fridge? Does the noise get louder or softer when changing the temperature setting?
Customer: the fridge is about 5 years old. The intevals between the clicking sound is quite long and there dosent seem to be a noticeable difference when I turn up the temperature i think it gets a bit louder.
JA: How long has this been going on with your Hotpoint refrigerator? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Last time I defrosted it it happened which was a few months ago, I cleaned some of the dust that had accumulated on the back grill of the fridge and then it worked again. Today I defrosted it and I checked the back for dust but it seems cledan.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: ean clean
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Appliance
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
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Expert:  KevinWhiteJA replied 11 days ago.

Good afternoon,

My name is ***** ***** I will assist you with your appliance today.

I am sorry to hear you are having trouble with your appliance.

I understand how frustrating that can be.

The clicking noise that you hear, is it coming from near the compressor or from the controls ?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Hello, thanks. I don't think it is coming from the controls if you mean the temperature control inside the fridge. I don't think it is coming from there.
Expert:  KevinWhiteJA replied 11 days ago.

OK then I am afraid this indicates either the start relay located next to the compressor and/or the fan motor is faulty and will need replacement.

You will have to contact Refrigeration Engineer and get this replaced.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
okay thank you. should I switch the fridge off at the mains in the meantime?
Expert:  KevinWhiteJA replied 11 days ago.

Yes that will be fine.

I hope this helps, please do not hesitate to ask any follow up questions.

I hope you enjoyed your experience with today.

Have a wonderful day.

Thank you.