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Fridge only unit did not cool

Fridge unit did not cool. First repairman said evaporator needed to be replaced. First repairman returned with a second repairman who said Freon level was low. Added Freon and fridge now appears to be working. Is this a reasonable fix to the problem. There was some icing around a tube at the back of the fridge which they said was blocked. Why did the Freon level go down ? My warranty will expire shortly is this a stalling tactic until it does ? Should we be worried about leaking Freon, do they still use Freon in Fridges ?

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If you needed freon then there is a leak somewhere. If there is a leak, then it will happen again. The freon a refrig uses is usually R-22 which is different from the really bad R-12 that eats up ozone.
If you are near the end of the warranty, I suggest you call the manufacturer and talk toi then about the leak and get it documented and get a case number or something to say you reported the problem before the warranty is up.

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