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The freezer on my fridgidare frt21lr7ab7 is not getting cold enough...I cleaned the coil(for the first time since i bought it in 04)it was really dirty and thought it would work fine but no change...so i unpluged it and let it thaw(there was ice one the freezer condenser ) thinking for sure that was it but still not cold enough and condenser is frosting up again.....freon? compressor?....i have a 25 year old frigadare in my garage that works like a champ....how long should the freon last in a fridge bought in 04?.

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Hi,

There is a complete guide you could follow. This is written in simple words and cover the major part that does not require a tech.Look at :-

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3886637-refrigerator_not_cooling_enough_or_not

To inspect the freon, there is a nice article :-

http://fridgeman.wordpress.com/2008/06/08/simple-ways-to-know-if-your-fridge-is-low-on-freon/

It is made in 2004, so freon should be fine unless there is a leak. This could only be determined by a special instrument which is available with licensed tech.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

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Posted on Oct 10, 2010

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Freon can stay as long as possible in a refrigerator depending on how you use it and the necessary operating condition of the refrigerator. I have seen many people find themselves in the same position you are now. You are not the first and definitely not the last. I also have a fridge at home now, less than 3 years with the same problem of not cold enough which i found out was related to freon issue.

An insufficient Freon charge is one of the last things I consider when troubleshooting a refrigerator that does not cool. FREON LEAKS OUT; IT DOES NOT WEAR OUT. It is unlikely that your refrigerator will suddenly start leaking just sitting in your kitchen UNLESS it is manual defrost and you recently removed the ice from the freezer compartment by using a knife, screwdriver, chisel, or pry bar and punctured the aluminum evaporator coil or an incompetent service person installed piercing-valves that are leaking.

Conditions which may seem like lack of Freon but are not:

  • Evaporator fan not running which ices up the evaporator and raises freezer and fresh-food compartment temperature.
  • Condenser fan not running which raises temperature of freezer and fresh food compartment.
  • Dirty condenser which raises temperature of freezer and fresh food compartment.
  • Defrost problems (if automatic defrost) which ices up evaporator raising temperature in freezer and fresh food compartment.
  • Old compressor with worn valves that raises evaporator pressure and temperature.
  • Worn door seals that allow hot air to leak into the freezer or fresh food compartment (Note: Some Haier refrigerator doors won't seal even when new.)
  • Clogged filter dryer or capillary tube which keeps the Freon from circulating properly.
All the above conditions make the compressor run continuously or almost continuously, but so does a lack of Freon. The compressor runs continuously because the refrigerator cannot reach the set-point on the cold-control. Keep in mind that if you set your cold control to mid-range and it can't cool to that setting, turning it to max (which asks it to make the temperature even colder) does absolutely nothing.

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