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Massacres

04:44AM | 05/06/03
Member Since: 05/05/03
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Bvelectrical
I need a little help, I was defrosting my Bar fridge and was getting the ice out w/a screwdriver and I managed to tap the top of the freezer section, and next thing i knew it is hissing at me and all the pressure is coming out. if I plug it in the slight hissing starts again.It's a very small hole about the size of a period . here's my question..
Can I buy a product that I can patch the metal with? Don't wanna buy a new fridge, it's only a few years old...

Can someone help, and I know now not to use a screwdriver next time..
Thanx Neal

DanO

01:59PM | 05/06/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** Can I buy a product that I can patch the metal with? **

Patching the hole is the least of your problems!

The refrigerant will need to be recharged by a licensed refrigeration technician which around here starts at about $150. They may be able to repair the hole but if not, replacing the evaporator will be required. They can run anywhere from $40-$150+.

If you've run it for any length of time, moisture was likely sucked into the hole and has now contaminated the system which could result in damage to the compressor. If it is also needed, they start at about $150.

In most cases once such damage has been done to a refrigerator, it is most cost effective to replace it, especially small bar type fridges. Sorry.

BTW. If you even attempt to repair the damage yourself, I don't know a licensed refrigeration technician which will touch it afterward.

Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
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Massacres

03:56AM | 05/07/03
Member Since: 05/05/03
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I have not run it at all since, it was unplugged and when it happened, it just hissed for about 20 minutes then. could it be possible that it kept enough gas in it to still work if i patch the hole w/steel epoxy?

also, thanx 4 your help..

DanO

09:02AM | 05/07/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** I have not run it at all since **

You said "if I plug it in the slight hissing starts again" which I assume means you tried it. That would seam to contradict what you just said.

** could it be possible that it kept enough gas in it to still work **

No. The gas is the system is pressurized so all of it has most likely leaked out by now. The refrigerant charge also needs to be exact, there is no extra in there to spare. Sorry.

Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
The Appliance Information Site

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Massacres

10:21AM | 05/07/03
Member Since: 05/05/03
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sounds like I am SOL, thanx for your help anyway... it's nice to know there are people out there to answer questions like these..


DanO

03:13PM | 05/07/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
Happy shopping!

Dan O.

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