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Upright Freezer Not Getting Cold

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?

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By Nancy Davis from TX

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

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.

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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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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

It isn't worth repairing. I would be surprised if it could be repaired. There is so much tubing it would be hard to find the leak or maybe leaks.

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