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Running warm. how do I recharge freon?

Fridge is running a bit warm and just cannot get temp down into acceptible range for freezer and refridge sides. Most of freezer- isnt. how do I recharge freon? I have r134a and a hose, worked in my cars... how/where to connect for fridge, if possible? Can't see quick-connectors.

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There are no service valves on refrigerators for charging.(They must be added).
It may not be a refrigerant problem.
Is the freezer fan motor running?
Is there a frost/ice buildup on the back wall of the freezer?
Is the compressor fan motor running?
Is the compressor Running?
These are the first steps to verify before suspecting a refrigerant leak.

Posted on Sep 05, 2009

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