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Hello so the freezer is that ok but the fridge side is at 40 and wont go any lower is that correct
ok its very common that on subzero if its a 40 then its low on Freon but if they keep recharging it. then your leak is in the evaporator
very common because its a sealed system
to fix this you will need to have the fridge side evaporator replaced
that is where your at now ive replaced many it will fix this problem
if you ever have to charge it its a sealed system a full charge depending on the size of the leak can last 1 week 6 months there is no time frame
99 percent of the time its in the evaporator it has a plastic coating on it and over time
when there is no leak 10 15 plus years
yes definitely worth a Freon charge at least twice to keep it going as long as possible
you will need some refrigeration gauges and know how to read them as well as some Freon 134a it takes 10 onces of freon
that gauge is for automobile ac units not refrigerators the can can be used
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You should remove the rear panel to expose the evaporator to check the frost pattern on it to see what exactly is going on with it. If you remove the light cover you will see 3 screws along the top edge of the back panel. Remove all the shelving and then pull the rear panel towards you and lift it up and out. See if the evaporator looks like this.
If it looks like that then you may have a low freon condition. If it does not then get back to me. If it does you can then see if your 550 has a charge valve for the small compressor on the charge port, if so you can get the unit recharged. Note get a tech out to do it as you could do more damage than good and be totally out of luck trying to charge this system. It is not worth ruining a refrigerator that will cost you 9,000 dollars to replace.
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