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Old 10-23-2012, 08:04 AM
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had a roach run under frig a few days ago. in an attempt to 'flush' it out, I waved a wooden yardstick around underneath the frig (eventually got the roach). a couple days later icecubes, etc. in freezer started to thaw out and I realized the unit was not cooling, so i think i may have hit something with the stick that caused the freon to leak out, as the compressor stopped running. does that sound plausible? i started it up after it sat a while and the compressor comes on, but i didn't leave it on, concerned might damage it.

is it possible i knocked something loose that would let the freon escape? it was a small stick so couldn't have hit anything that hard. if this is a likely scenario, would this be an expensive repair to recharge and all? it's an old frig (17 years) but is in very good condition, all door seals, ice maker, water, etc. Thanks for your advice, Brad

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Old 10-23-2012, 11:39 AM
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Hi.

It's not likely that you broke the freon line with wooden stick.
Let the fridge run for an hour and then check if the condenser fan motor is running (next to the compressor), evaporator fan running (inside the freezer).
Open the rear panel in the freezer and check if the evaporator coils are covered with frost.

Post the model and manufacturer numbers.

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Could be a coincidence that the fridge went into a defrost cycle (compressor and fans will be off) while you were roach hunting.

As Simon said let it run for a while before deciding it needs repair.

I will keep my fingers crossed.
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