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Fridge/freezer not cooling but copper pipe near the compressor freezes up

We have refilled freon twice,fan works ok,compressor comes on.

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If freon was needed at all, then your system must have a leak, it is never advised to add freon because of this. If your suction line is freezing up to the compressor shell, you are most likely over charged and the evaporator is flooded/saturated with freon and unable to cool/freeze properly. The freon should be added by weight or volume as noted on the model/serial sticker on the unit only, if the sticker is not present, than an experienced technician will need to charge by temperature/pressure using a set of gauges. Prior to charging, the system needs to be fully evacuated to ensure all non-condensables are removed from the system. Pleazer Appliance...

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