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Whenever I turn on my fridge it sounds like it is releasing gas and there is a funky smell in the fridge. I think it may be leaking some chemical but I cannot find the source of the leak anywhere.

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If you have noticed this leak then this will be best seen when it starts cold. So shut it down and after removing all food from inside , restart and feel/listen/smell for the leak.
If you notice this slight smell coming from the cooling coils inthe freezer section, then do not waste time but shut it down.
You will need to remoe gas off by pumping , then the system be pressurised and checked for leak.
Get help with the equipments to check /estimate/confirm forr you to decide.
But always try to get a warranty on work if there is high estimate but decide with the cost of a new one. j

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