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While defronting the firge I managed to pierce a hole in the back plactic casing. Other than the visual damage - someone told me that this might be more serious. SHould I worry?

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You may have simply punctuered the liner into the foam insulation. If you had damaged a pipe carrying refrigerant gas, the frig would quickly come back to ambient temperature. and you would need new frig. Not good to use sharp tools to clear ice, try using a hair dryer instead. Suggest you cover puncture with tape or simular to keep moisture out of insulatation.

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