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Amana Refrigerator: SDI-25E-L/P74100-7WL. It uses R12 and is over 25 years old. In the past, I have been able to add freon and this corrected the temperature problem--last time I did this was about 6-months ago. However, currently the Freezer temp is 18 degrees F, refrigerator 54 degrees F. I have added a can and a half ====(12 oz/can) of R12 but it doesn't seem to make any difference. Further, I don't hear the compressor coming on from time to time. Is there some way I can check to see if the problem is possibly the defrost timer or whether the compressor has gone bad or, alternatively, I have overcharged the unit. Initially, after I added freon, I waited about 12 hours before adding more. Also, how can I tell when it has the right amount of R12? I want to keep it going as long as possible since it was a top of the line refrigerator and would cost too much to replace. I have a supply of more cans of R12 if necessary. P.S. All coils at the bottom are clean, but they are neither hot nor hold--just room temperature. Should they have a temperature? Suggestions?

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If you overcharged unit then u will get a frost build up on one of the lines coming off the compressor. if the compressor is not running then you will not get any cold air flow at all. if unit is stuck in defrost then no cold air will be dispensed either. you really need to check to see if you have a frost build up on the rear wall of freezer, if so then u are not going through defrost. to check proper level of freon u need a set of r12 gages. your level of freon will be displayed on the model serial number tag in fridge side. let me know and we will go futher.

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