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Daniel, Home Appliance Technician
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Customer: Hi, my name's***** have a intermittent problem with my fridge which keeps turning on and off. If I hit it on the side it turns off, then if I hit it again it turns off....
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Appliance
Expert:  Daniel replied 1 year ago.


Can you post the make and model number of the appliance please.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hotpoint HUL161l
Turns off completely, then turns on if you hit the side of the fridge.
Now the motor sometimes races and makes an enormous noise.
Expert:  Daniel replied 1 year ago.


Ok if the appliance is turning off completey then the first thing you need to do is check the plug socket the plug goes into.

As this is a basic appliance so it only has a thermostat and a compressor. The thermostat wont cause this or the compressor either. So try another plug socket and see if this cures the fault.

If its still the same then you need to pull the appliance out from under the unit and attached to the left side of the compressor is a plastic cover that hides the wires.

Remove this cover and there you will see the relay. Check the wires going on there as if you have to bang it then the fault is a poor connection some were so its either the socket its plugged into or the relay on the side of the compressor so check them and see what you find from there.