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Old 09-16-2011, 10:50 AM
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Default Frigidaire --freezer too warm--asphalt tape from manufacturer on the freezer coils
Model Number: FRT17G4BW9   Brand: Frigidaire   Age: 1 - 5 years   

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I rent out apartments to college kids. I bought this fridge at Lowes in the Scracth and Dent dept 3 or 4 years ago.

The unit gets low usage and non during the summer. Around June 1 of this year, I unplugged it and left both doors open. (this is a 16.5 ft--freezer top )

Recently the tenants complained that the freezer was too warm. I took it open and did a ton of research online too.

Last night I opened the back to check for frosting and sure enough there it was. So I left the unit unplugged and the doors open all night.

Today I examined the area where the frosting occurred. It happens to be the point where the defrost heater attaches to a thin (1/8"?) copper feed tube above it. But the weird thing was there was a 2 inch piece of tape with a soft black asphalt-like tape of the area where the joint is.

a) Would it have come from the factory like this?

b) Did I buy a reconditioned unit and not know it?

c) If it is a leak in the refrigerant or in the coil, is it a repair I can do myself?


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The tape is to distribute heat evenly to prevent refrigerant boiling noises as it turns into a gas in the evaporator.
The slight frost is indicative of a refrigerant leak, usually terminal.
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The tape is to distribute heat evenly to prevent refrigerant boiling noises as it turns into a gas in the evaporator.
The slight frost is indicative of a refrigerant leak, usually terminal.

a) would the tape be something that they would have installed at the factory?

b) do ytou think I lost any refrigerant?

c) After it dried off, I taped it over with duct tape and the internal freezer temperature (2 days later) has gone from 42F down to around 34-35F (still not below 32F)

d) do you think the fridge has ANY hope? it's been barely used
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You need to put a gauge on the low side of the compressor tubing to see if the compressor is drawing a vacuum, if so, the compressor is damaged from compressing non-compressables. Usually the leak is from the evaporator which makes the fridg too expensive to repair.
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