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I was trying to defrost this college sized refrigerator. I was using a screwdriver to try to break loose the ice build-up around the top freezer section when all of a sudden a heard a noise and steam began to come out as if I had punctured something. There is now a small hole in the freezer compartment and it smells like gas. Do you know what happened?

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Sure do you broke open the Sealed system this is where the freon (gas that cools the unit ) is you released gone forever...
Now you will need to have some one out to fix the hole vaccum down the system and recharge it but most likely just buy a new unit due to the cost involved in the repair. Live and learn never to use sharp objects in a freezer...next time use a hair dryer to unthaw

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