Originally Posted by vio0633
Well im not going to lie but I messed up. I drilled a hole near where the hinges where mounted for my johnson analog controller. Everytime my freezer turns off, it makes a bad hissing noise and smells like freon. Did I mess up my freezer for good? Is there anything I can do to fix it? Im not seeing any lines inside the area I drilled in. The freezer also feels like its getting cold. Any help is appreciated!
2. No (or probably not without it costing more than the freezer is worth to repair it)
2. If it's actually getting cold and the freon smell is only your imagination at work, you may be OK. Let it run for several hours and check it again. If there is a leak it will not be cooling at all by then.
This is what my grandma used to call, "totally screwed". I hope that this is not the case and that your fears are unwarranted. Even if it turns out to be disaster, you could possibly still use it for a fermentation chamber. I do that with one of my now defunct refrigerators.