WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF FREON LEAK IN A REFRIGERATOR?
You may have a Freon leak if you notice a chemical smell, oil, or if the motor is running constantly. You can purchase a leak detection kit, do it yourself with soapy water, or hire a professional.
Diagnostics of refrigeration issues can be complicated.
Not every problem with a fridge is caused by a leak. There are many electrical or mechanical issues that could be the reason.
Freon is kept within your refrigeration unit in a contained, pressurized system, so it should never “run out” or need to be topped-up. If your refrigerator is leaking Freon, it is usually due to a hose rupture, which means it is unlikely to happen during regular operation. However, it could occur if you recently attempted to make repairs without professional help.
Your refrigerator is leaking Freon:
– if you smell a chemical odour around your fridge or notice an oily residue on the floor, you should check the possibility that your refrigerator is leaking Freon.
– if your refrigerator runs continuously it may be caused by lack of Freon.
Detecting and Fixing leaks:
A leak is a problem you won’t be able to fix on your own; call in a professional. Refrigerant is a dangerous chemical and you must be trained to handle it properly.
Prevent your refrigerator from leaking Freon
Do not attempt to fix issues that you do not know how to handle yourself! Puncturing or cutting into your refrigeration unit could break the tubing and cause a leak. Scratching ice out of the freezer is a bad idea for the same reason – if done incorrectly it will damage the fridge. A leak could also be caused if you put a gauge incorrectly on the tubing, which can break the seal.