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Re: punctured freon line in freezer
Please don't rate me down for this answer, but I'll be honest with you. No, you can not fix it yourself. The entire evaporator would have to be replaced by a service tech who has a refrigerant certification and the proper tools to do it. It would be prohibitively expensive. It's time to buy a replacement.
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First your freezer does not use R-134a. That is for auto air conditioners only. It uses R-12. You need refrigeration compound gauges, R-12 refrigerant and a two devices that connects to and punctures the lines and gives you a port to connect the hoses from the refrigeration compound gauges. You must have a refrigeration leak if you need to add refrigerant. The leak needs to be repaired or you will lose the refrigerant in a short time again.
If this is a frost free freezer,the evaporator coils could be frozen over with ice,due to a bad defrost system part. The freezer fan motor may not be working. There could be a refrigerant restriction in the lines. The compressor could be bad. The refrigerant leak could be large and the refrigerant leaks out quickly.
The symptoms you are describing are typically from a refrigerant (freon) leak. Unfortunately it will be as simple as adding new refrigerant as it will just leak out. The leak will need to be repaired. From my experience with this unit my best guess is that the evaporator coils would need replaced. An average repair cost for this type of repair would be around $400.00.
Hi, It is not uncommon for the suction line on a unit to have ice on it when cooling. This means that where the ice starts forming on the line, there is liquid freon there. But, if it continues to get worse, would indicate a problem as you don't want liquid freon to enter the compressor as it will burn out the valves, or slug it as we say. Icing of this line can be from a few things. Low on freon will cause it to ice up. The freezer fan/evaporator fan motor not working. The freezer iced over real bad. An over charged system will do this, but you haven't had to charge it. Check the fan I mentioned and keep an eye on this line and monitor the units temperature. If you start to loose your cooling then we need to go from there. I can't prevent it from forming ice unless I was on site to install my service gauges to check the internal condition. Please keep me posted though. If the freezer fan is not running, this would be the problem and would need to be replaced. If you had excess to a volt meter and it wasn't running, you could check power to this motor. Let me know if it is not running and check the temperatures closely. Good Luck, Shastalaker7
. Cut everything off for a few minutes then turn it back on
and listen for a click from the compressor relay as the compressor tries to
Is the compressor motor running.If no check starter/overload
Are the condenser coils on the back warm or room temp. should
How to check stuff> http://www.acmehowto.com/howto/appliance/refrigerator/refrigerator.php
evaporator coils are behind the rear cover inside the freezer at the bottom.
observe the frost pattern. Light frost everywhere(NORMAL)
or a partial pattern of ice(LOW ON FREON) or nothing(LOW FREON OR COMPRESSOR
Compressor or freon problem will require a repairman.
not very easily. Most freezers have the evaporator and condenser inside the wall of the cabinet and you cannot access them. If the puncture is in the condenser you can put in an exterior condenser however the parts break down for your model does not offer this option (: