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So yes, you are cutting into pressurized freon lines if you're trying to remove the shelving. There is no hazardous concern as far as your safety if you do this, but you're supposed to call a technician out to evacuate the freon first so that it doesn't harm the ozone. Usually it costs about $125-150 to have someone come out and evacuate the freon from an older machine which is why most stores won't take away your old refrigerator/freezer when you buy a new one without a charge to do so since then they are responsible for removing the freon first.
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