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Its only freezing round the top not the bottom?

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When you have a slow leak in a refrigeration system .. there will come a time when there is not enough refrigerant to service the entire "evaporator" (cold coil) .. the symptoms would be: extra cold areas in the first part of the cooling coil and no or little cooling in the rest.
if its an older system then it likely uses R22 refrigerant (being phased out) .. newer ones use R134a .(also now causing some environmental concerns) . the system is normally sealed so the refrigerant has to be added through an "add on valve" (saddle valve) .. a dryer unit is often added to make sure no moisture has gotten into the system .. you need gages and special know how to do all this safely .. you should also locate and repair the small leak ..(soap bubbles or a special sniffer can be used). if its an older unit then it might be better to just replace it since newer ones are considerably more efficient ..

of course make sure that the external "concenser" coils are clean .. if those are clogged, cooling capacity and efficiency go way down .. even so its unlikely to cause yoiur symptoms ..

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