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Hotpoint FFA47X Constant Beeping and No Display

Discussion in 'Appliances' started by rwiddowson, 4 May 2014.

  1. rwiddowson


    3 Nov 2009
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    United Kingdom

    I know we live in a throw-away society but I cannot bring myself to dump my fridge.

    I have had this Hotpoint FFA47X since late 2004. It has never defrosted correctly from Day One and interesting I found a service manual online for a FFA45W on the website called Elektro Tanya.

    The service manual doesn't show you how to strip the thing down only part numbers. I would have thought a service manual would show you how to service an item and test things. Apparently not it seems!

    The service manual seems to almost admit that there was a design fault from the outset. I have previously challenged Hotpoint about this when I had to call engineers out in the past.

    I came across a thread on another forum of how to test the freezer probe. However, all the connections seem to be hidden behind inaccessible panels.

    Not wishing to jump the gun perhaps I should explain what the issue is that I am having.

    The fridge has started beeping constantly and the front display is no longer illuminated or showing any readings.

    I had noticed previously that two wires in the cable which goes to the front display have broken (pink and grey in colour), I have soldered these temporarily. The front display is now flashing slowly but not in sync with the beeps.

    I have noticed since defrosting that a wire on the evaporator (not sure this is the correct term - the freezer pipes) within the freezer looks as though it has got burnt at some point. It still heats up.

    The fan in the freezer is no longer turning either.

    The question is where and how do I start to diagnose what's wrong?

    The motherboards are both Magnatek. I have stripped them out and looked at the circuit boards. Nothing seems to be burnt out.

    Perhaps there is a factory reset procedure I could go through to stop the display flashing and beeping?

    When I open the fridge door, the compressor kicks in and then switches off within a second or two.

    The fan in the freezer section is now working again whereas it wasn't when the issue started a week ago.

    Also, the display was flashing but not in sync with the 1 second beeps. This has now stopped flashing and simply appears dead.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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