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Detecting a freon leak

I have a freon leak but have been unable to locate it. Any suggestions?

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There is a dye that is made just for that. Charge the system, per directions, and check for leaks using an ultraviolet light. Product is sold at auto parts supply stores, not sure if available at dicount stores.

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