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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2009, 12:19:24 AM »
Can someone explain the GEL transformation part to me.

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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2009, 02:04:55 AM »
Can someone explain the GEL transformation part to me.

It's a "moisture vs. mineral-oil" thing...

Makes a gooey whitish restriction in the cap tube and pretty much the whole sealed system. Since the tubing in most chest freezers is basically hidden within the cabinet, any leak that also draws in air is mostly impossible to repair.  Maytag for instance recommends replacing the evaporator, compressor and condenser in the case of a low-side leak due to this phenomena.
 Frigidaire is not so stringent on certain repairs, but nevertheless requires special procedures to be done that are outside the realm of laypersons, as the Chest Freezer Manual describes.
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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2009, 04:44:38 AM »
Do it the old fashioned way and purge the system if that is the case. FYI: If you have gages just add a tad of gas and walk away fer a few days, come back and the pressure is still pretty close to what you added then that leak is very small. If the system has NO FUGGING GAS AT ALL IN IT when you tap a line then you has a problem, BUT, if it has  pressure on it that means their is a chance NO AIR has gotten inside the system therefore adding a little might brang that baby back to life for years more.
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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2009, 02:11:13 PM »
I would have to say, that if Tony replaced his own compressor. He sure can tap on to the system and add some gas to check for a leak...

I would also check the dryer at start up .. if the dryer gets cold there is most likely a restriction at the dryer.

Easy to tell a customer to buy a New one. but that could be done without are help...
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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2009, 02:23:43 PM »
It is NEVER easy to recommend replacement...that's why we are here. It is also foolish to assume that every person has leak detection equipment and vacuum pumps, etc. Chest freezers are not the everyday refrigerator, as Tony will find out for himself. Most times the leaks cannot be repaired and replacing these units is not as expensive as a refrigerator.
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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2009, 03:00:38 PM »
Still cost $500+ to replace this freezer .I would NOT call it a dime a dozen...How do we know he has a leak? without adding gas we just know there is no heat exchange. He can have a restriction.  He can replace a dryer or even fix a leak in the Condenser for very little money...As for equipment he can use soap to find the leak and a sweep charge to evacuate . I have used many different leak meters.   But I still use soap most of the time to find leaks... I would first find the problem before dropping $500 on a new one...REPAIR-MAN first post was to tell him to go shopping. So how EASY was that. You may have to go shopping for a new one.. But I first would spend a little to find out what is wrong.
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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2009, 03:03:37 PM »
Ok, JW...whatever you say...
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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2009, 03:55:53 PM »
How does one fix a leak in the condenser of a freezer easily when the condenser is buried in the cabinet . Cut the cabinet ? I supposed you could find a condenser on an old fridge and screw it to the back but too costly and I wouldn't chance it .

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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2009, 04:02:19 PM »
You could add a condenser to the backside of the freezer just like the old refrigerators have and bypass that crapola in the innards. Seen it. Done it.
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Re: Frigidaire chest freezer
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2009, 06:43:25 PM »
MFC13M4FW3 Has a condenser on the outside of cabinet..hard to find the leaks but once you find it not a problem to fix..And JW is right .. you can bypass a cabinet condenser for a outside condenser...even a new condenser you can get for $50 and just make sure you charge to pressure. the size of the condenser will be different then the old one...
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