I have received an upright freezer from a friend's family. The freezer was not used for a couple of years before the owner's passing. Before they turned it off, it had a slow freon leak. Now it will not cool at all. Is there a chance I can get this fixed?
By webpossum from TX
You can probably get a refrigeration tech to come out and seal the leak and refill the system with freon; it sounds like it's out. The real question is: do you really want to?
Depending upon how old the freezer is, you may want to pass on repairing it if the repair call is more than 25% of what the freezer is actually worth; also, an older freezer can be a real energy drain.
We were also given an upright that was in great working condition, but when we saw the first electric bill after plugging it in--that was the end of that!
It forced our electric bill up nearly fifty dollars--because it was older and not an Energy Star rated unit. We stopped using it and the next month the bill had fallen back to normal.
So...beware. Even though it's free, it may not be so economical in the long run--first, to get it going, and then, to keep it running.
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