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It is running but not getting cold. Does it need freon?

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If this not a frost free unit, then, based on what little information you provided, I can only say...maybe. This can easily be diagnosed if you can tap into the sealed system and do a pressure test, this will determine if you need freon. Most manufacturers put a 5 year warranty on the sealed system.

Posted on Jun 15, 2008

  • Renee Summerville May 03, 2014

    don't know how to do that

  • Renee Summerville May 03, 2014

    I bought this off of someone from fb fleamarket they assured me me it worked but it don't when you plug it in it turns on but don't get cold. The things in the back on the bottom get really hot. if you turn it off you have to unplug it then plug it back in to turn it on again


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