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I have leaking freon but the problem is its leaking right by the right side of the condenser (right side when you are looking from back to front). its almost to the bottom of the condenser, what I'm wondering is what might need to be replaced? the whole unit or like a gasket or something?

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  • rhonda165 Jun 25, 2009

    Well its not leaking right in the condenser its leaking by where its either going in or out (right by a metal hose or something) sorry for my lingo.

  • rhonda165 Jun 25, 2009

    Thank you so much for your help i will try your suggestion.

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If it's leaking from the condenser, you will need to replace the condenser.

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

  • its420_us Jun 25, 2009

    If the line is leaking, you may be able to tighten it at the connection; otherwise, you will need to replace the line itself. Of course the system will need to recharged after the repair is complete. If it is the line, or condenser, you may be able to find one at a salvage yard for a fraction of the cost of a new one.

  • its420_us Jun 25, 2009

    I also would like to add; a stop leak addative may stop your leak for a week, a month, maybe a bit longer. Regardless, it will not provide a permanent solution to your issue. Your best bet is to replace the broken part; whether it be the line, or the condenser. I do wish you luck on the repair.

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