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Hotpoint FFA74

Specification for Hotpoint FFA74

Main characteristics
Refrigerator Type: Bottom Freezer
Installation: Free-Standing
Total Volume: 290 Liter
Fresh Food Volume: 180 Liter
Freezer Volume: 110 Liter
Total Number of Shelves: 3
Number Of Motors: 1 Motor
Freezer Star Rating: 4 Stars
Fresh Food Compartment
Fresh Food Shelves / Bins: Vegetable Bin (Controlled Humidity) x 2Egg StorageDairy CenterGallon StorageSplit ShelvesSpill Proof ShelvesWine Rack
Shelf Material: Glass
Light: Yes
Door Opens: Opens to Left and Right
Freezer Compartment
Shelve / Bins: Bin x 4
Convenience
Defrost: Frost Free
Extra Features: Adjustable Rollers / Levelers
Exterior Color: WhiteBeigeGray
Energy
Energy Efficiency: A
Annual Energy Consumption: 332 kWHrs

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★★☆☆☆

“Hotpoint FFA74 Fridge Freezer”

Written on: 23/04/2013

Very poor machine, had two replacements due to not cold enough in the fridge and freezer red light on all the time. Replacement worked ok. All the plastics inside broke after a few months, and i started getting rust on the front after 12 months. Got an engineer out to it after 18 months due to it freezing everything in the fridge and he told me the thermstor had failed. I would need a new electronic circuit board ! Also found out whilst i spoke to the engineer that Hotpoint doesnt exist… Read Full Review

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Hillir's Comment

Written on: 25/09/2013

All the back corners of the freezer drawers have broken off, making the use of the drawers difficult to manage. I shall not buy my replacement from Hotpoint.

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★★☆☆☆

“Hotpoint again :( come on something has to change!”

Written on: 26/02/2013 by danskat01 (7 reviews written)

Owned this for 5 years now, initially it was ok, freezer tiny due to all the space taken up by the 'frost free' bit. Makes lots of strange noises - so much so with TV on loud my wife and I were constantly wondering what the popping & whirring was! Yes the fridge and freezer drawers soon broke, poor quality brittle plastic with corners chipped off etc. Just over a few weeks ago the compressor started to get louder and louder, a real distraction. I thought Hotpoint would be excellent quality… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Fine if Maintained”

Written on: 13/09/2011 by optizap (1 review written)

OK if maintained : - Beware getting crumbs in the door seal around the freezer part and especially don't miss cleaning the gap on the bottom horizontal seal inside the door. If you don't clean get red light on. Although frost free these freezers can build up ice on the element inside the freezer part behind the white box at the back where you cant see. If Ice has built up the freezer will rattle a lot rather than a healthy smooth hum. This can rattle your door letting air in making red light… Read Full Review

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“Have this red light on again, my freezer is full and...”

Written on: 24/05/2011

Have this red light on again, my freezer is full and once again the food is ruined and will need to be chucked, this was a replacement for original purchase which did the same. Thing is I am just wondering if the fridge was even working properly as I found that food was not keeping so well, I have also been vomiting lately something I never suffer from and I am beginning to think food was not being kept at the temp it was set to. The back has been taken off, obviously the build up has… Read Full Review

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Bonnylad's Comment

Written on: 03/12/2011

I have just had a LEC chest freezer break down yesterday. It was bought new in Aug 2007. Compressor had failed.Independent refrigeration engineer with 40 yrs experience of domestic and shop appliances, says that anything built more than 15-20 yrs ago were built to last.Nowadays that is not the case. Says I may have just been unlucky, but said the compressor had been made in the Far East (substandard ?)and the freezer had been assembled in Denmark. Label on rear confirmed that. Says he has attended 14 fridge/freezer combinations in the last 12 months, which have failed when under 3 years old. To replace compressor on my LEC -? £200, compressor and other parts, then labour, and also compressor to be re-gassed.

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★☆☆☆☆

“This frost free fridge freezer Model FFA74 should be...”

Written on: 24/05/2011

This frost free fridge freezer Model FFA74 should be withdrawn from sale and purchasers who have had frost build up and food ruined because of it compensated. My replacement FF is doing exactly the same as previous item, you just have to keep taking the back off and removing huge build up of ice time and time again, definitely badly designed from the start, also the small silver dials are very prone to not working,(the pin breaks inside)I have just had the whole control panel removed and its… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Hi. I've owned my Hotpoint FFA74 for just over 5 years...”

Written on: 14/01/2011

Hi. I've owned my Hotpoint FFA74 for just over 5 years now. In that time we have moved twice which has meant that the fridge has been defrosted twice. Up until a few months ago the fridge has had no real problems; no issues of frost or water. Obviously it does make noises when it is defrosting itself, but we've become quite fond of it's 'chuntering' :)
A few months back we started to notice the water. Having read the reviews mentioning manual defrosting, I realised that that probably accounts… Read Full Review

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“I found this review board while looking for a fix for...”

Written on: 21/11/2010 by afanaddict (2 reviews written)

I found this review board while looking for a fix for my FFA74. After reading comments mentioning de-frosting I thought I`d give it go - had it for 6 years and never done it! My problem was the red light on for freezer high temp and food not fully frozen. Bit of a faff taking the inside back panel off (it was frozen on) but after leaving for 6 hours and removing a huge lump of ice from inside, all working fine again. As another user mentioned, Hotpoint really should be on to this,they… Read Full Review

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Guest's Response to afanaddict's Review

Written on: 20/06/2011

This sounds very helpful as this problem has just happened to me. Can you tell me where the water goes as it is defrosting, does it pool inside the freezer or drip outside?

Thanks for your comments.

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★☆☆☆☆

“If you like water in the fridge and lots of strange...”

Written on: 14/10/2010

If you like water in the fridge and lots of strange noises then buy one of these things.. they really are junk… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Mine's been great! Ner”

Written on: 31/08/2010

Mine's been great! Ner… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“This product has proven to be unreliable with the...”

Written on: 20/07/2010

This product has proven to be unreliable with the freezer compartment having stopped working completely. I guess I could be positive about it because the fridge compartment now feels as cold as a freezer! The fridge drawers broke very early in its life and there is always water in the bottom of the fridge compartment. I now have to buy a new fridge freezer...it will not be Hotpoint!… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“My Hotpoint frost-free fridge-freezer was shockingly...”

Written on: 23/06/2010

My Hotpoint frost-free fridge-freezer was shockingly unreliable, with a fridge which frequently warmed to room temperature. Hotpoint/Merloni repairs use their machines' unreliability as a means of generating more money, £100 plus for simple repairs. They are not likely to improve reliability when it's profitable for them to break down. Contact has to be made using a premium rate phone number. I learned to replace the thermistors myself, which is not difficult, but defeats the object of going… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“As others have pointed out, this frost free freeze...”

Written on: 20/06/2010

As others have pointed out, this frost free freeze does frost up. If it is de-frosted every two years, it will work fine. Either a 24 hour de-frost with the power off and door open, or if you undo four screws and that the plastic back off, it will take 4-6 hours. A pity Hotpoint have not told customers about this. If it is left to frost, the electricity usage will increase, and eventually the door will not close due to ice build up at the back of the freezer pushing the drawers out… Read Full Review

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“Have just come online to find advice about possibly...”

Written on: 06/06/2010

Have just come online to find advice about possibly having this Hotpoint model serviced after my children are eating melted ice cream AGAIN. Was thinking it was a fault of our individual fridge- freezer only to find these terrible reviews, all reflecting our experience and I have to say I am in complete agreement. It is NOT frost- free, does NOT freeze food efficiently and regularly collects water in the fridge. Absolute rubbish… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“LASTED 4 YEARS BEFORE FREEZER PACKED IN ”

Written on: 29/04/2010

LASTED 4 YEARS BEFORE FREEZER PACKED IN
IS NOT FROST FREE
WELL WORTH BUYING FOR SOMEONE YOU HATE… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“absolute waste of money...i will never use hotpoint...”

Written on: 28/04/2010

absolute waste of money...i will never use hotpoint again, its obviously a design fault and they are getting away with it… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Bought second hand. Had it now for over 2 years now....”

Written on: 27/04/2010

Bought second hand. Had it now for over 2 years now. Everything with it happens now as previous users described. The motor started being noisy. After a while, the freezer gave us high temperature warning light. Went off few times as the freezer started to get under around -16 C. As soon as you deselected "Fast freeze" the freezer shuts off itself and only the fridge works. Temp inside the freezer is +13 C now. The drawers were cracked already as I assume, they got froze stuck to the bottom of… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“This fridge/freezer is driving me mad. Consuming 100%...”

Written on: 08/02/2010

This fridge/freezer is driving me mad. Consuming 100% more electrictiy than similar model it replaced of different manufacturer.
Service dept from head office arrogant useless and of no help.
This company is obviously in serious trouble. No responsible company would allow such indifference.
Buy another manufacturer.
I would have liked to have known the running cost before buying and the indiferenc of the service staff… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“In November 2006 I purchased TWO identical Hotpoint...”

Written on: 29/01/2010

In November 2006 I purchased TWO identical Hotpoint FFA74P FROST FREE Fridge Freezers from Dixons online at a cost of almost

£600. Once the first year guarantee period was up we began having similar problems with both units. Both veg trays cracked

when removing from fridge because they were stuck frozen to the bottom of the fridge. Both sets of freezer draws cracked

easily during normal use. Last year I took one of the two year old fridge freezers to the dump because the freezer kept… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“I have had two of these,Hotpoint Future FFA74, the...”

Written on: 30/10/2009

I have had two of these,Hotpoint Future FFA74, the first one I was lucky enough to have taken out insurance for, it developed a fault within the first year in that items in the fridge were freezing up, the salad drawer where I kept my vegetables was always frozen and considering it was supposed to be frost free was a joke, lumps of ice forming behind the salad drawers as well. Just after the year, the bottom freezer went and ruined all the food. The engineers efforts to repair failed on three… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“like many previous posters mine too broke down after 2...”

Written on: 16/10/2009

like many previous posters mine too broke down after 2 years, phoned hotpoint to make use of the free 5 years spare parts warranty that came with it, they said the labour would cost 159.99 spread over 10 months, if they cant fix it then they would replace it. went for this option, couldnt be repaired after 3 visits so they now offered us a brand new FF200LP for just 180 pounds actually worth between 385-515 in the shops! made up! overall the FFa74 wasnt bad over the years did the job but you'd… Read Full Review

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