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The A-Z of Refrigerator Repair: Our Case Study of a Whirlpool Freon Leak; Austin TX

Our Repairs Refrigerator Repair

I. Finding The Leak:

Suspecting a potential issue with the refrigerant system, our team promptly arrived to diagnose the problem. Upon arrival, our certified technicians swiftly pinpointed the source of the refrigerator's issues—a Freon leak. Freon is crucial for maintaining optimal cooling temperatures within the appliance. However, a leak not only compromises the refrigerator's performance but also poses environmental and safety concerns.

First, our technicians need to pinpoint the exact location of the leak. The complexity and final price of the work depend on this.

After a thorough inspection that required 4 hours and specific equipment, the technicians determined that the place of the leak was from the evaporator coil.

With the customer's approval of the second estimate, the technicians began fixing it.

II. The Repair Process

The evaporator is repaired by aluminum welding, and here's what the work included ( Service is provided by a qualified EPA-certified specialists ):

Disassembly and subsequent assembly of indoor and outdoor equipment to access the evaporator coil and compressor area;
• Broken evaporator coil unmount;

Place of leak elimination by aluminum welding:

• Evaporator coil installation;

• Replacing the heating element and temperature sensor with new ones;

• Access valve installation;

• Freon filter-drier replacement;

• A nitrogen test was performed to exclude the possibility of refrigerant leaks;
Vacuum-sealed system to 500-micron vacuum depth:

Charging by weight-sealed system with new refrigerant:

• System test.

III. Happy Ending

Within a short time after the repair, the once-ailing refrigerator hummed back to life. Food safety was restored, and the all homeowners ( including that cute fluffy tail 😊 ) breathed a sigh of relief.

We still occasionally get in touch with the homeowner, and he says that the refrigerator works flawlessly and he hasn't had a single issue with it after the repair.

IV. Advice For Readers

If you encounter the following issues with your refrigerator:

  • Warm temperature (If the temperature inside the refrigerator is warmer than it should be, it could be a sign of a Freon leak; The refrigerant helps to cool the air, so a leak can cause the temperature to rise)
  • Frost buildup (A Freon leak can cause the evaporator coils in the refrigerator to freeze up, leading to frost buildup on the walls and shelves)
  • Unusual sounds (If you hear hissing, gurgling, or bubbling sounds coming from your refrigerator, it could indicate a Freon leak. The sound is caused by the refrigerant circulating through the system)
  • Oily residue (A Freon has an oily texture, so if you notice any oily residue on the outside or inside of the refrigerator, it could be a sign of a leak)
  • Foul odor (A Freon leak can also cause a foul odor to emanate from the refrigerator. This smell can be similar to that of ether or acetone)
  • Refrigerator motor constantly runs (If your refrigerator has a Freon leak, the motor would be required to run for longer periods of time to compensate for the incorrect amount of refrigerant. This can put a strain on the motor, eventually leading to its failure)

In all these cases, don't hesitate to contact a professional appliance repair service. And always make sure that you get it diagnosed by a qualified EPA-certified service technician. Only then the repair might be done quicker and cheaper than buying a new refrigerator.

V. The Conclusion

We, TechService FIRST, are always here to help you! We also work with major brands like LG, Samsung, Kitchen Aid, Thermador, Jenn-Air, Sub-Zero, Viking, GE, Frigidaire, Maytag, Kenmore Elite, GE Monogram, Bosch and more! By acting promptly, you can prevent food spoilage and ensure your refrigerator continues to provide reliable performance for years to come.

We service Jollyville, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto, Manor, Leander, Cedar Park, Bee Cave, West Lake, Manchaca, and surrounding areas in Austin, TX.

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