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Offline AggielandApplianceRepair

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How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« on: January 29, 2014, 05:57:36 PM »

I scored a fridge at lowes on Sunday.  Brand new whirlpool top/bottom reg $849 for $100 as a non working unit. Found no refrigerant in system and found a leak at the pen point in the picture attached.It's on the back of the line. Any quick fix here? JB weld?

Offline Larry the applia

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014, 06:16:28 PM »
i would unbraze cap tub score and break and rebraze
Larry Johnson
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Clarksburg, WV

Offline AggielandApplianceRepair

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2014, 06:25:07 PM »
Flow with nitrogen? All my torches are huge. How to keep from scorching? Metal plate behind. Never grazed in such a tight area

Offline Larry the applia

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2014, 06:41:03 PM »
if you are going to be doing sealed system work you may want to get jewelers torch set don't need large tips for domestic refrigeration. Just pull evaporator loose and toward front and wet some towels lay  along liner where your torch will heating towards
Larry Johnson
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Offline AggielandApplianceRepair

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2014, 06:53:53 PM »
Thanks for the advice. One last question: how should I break the line without pinching it?

Offline Larry the applia

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2014, 08:22:12 PM »
after you pull it out score both sides with corner of file or ring it with a knife then snap it there. you have to be careful with heat tube will break at evap you will have fun then.
Larry Johnson
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Clarksburg, WV

Offline AggielandApplianceRepair

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2014, 08:40:23 PM »
Sounds like a blast. Thanks!

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2014, 11:47:40 PM »
Aggie, if you're going to make domestic refrigeration a practice, I'd buy a roll of cap tube from you refrigeration supply house and practice various bends, welds, cuts etc. It's one of the most difficult joints if you don't know what to do.

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2014, 09:37:45 AM »
Update, I used low heat and 15% silver brazing rod and sealed the leak up. Pressured up with nitrogen 100 psi. Held over night. Vacuum and charge - all good. Already have it sold for $650 lol. Not bad for a hundred dollar lowes special. Thanks everyone who responded!

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2014, 12:48:29 PM »
If the hole was actually in the cap tube then it sounds like you got very luck with the repair.

If I would have tried something like that chances are the capillary tube would have sucked the solder inside like a wick and plugged it up.

I would have pulled it out, cut it back and then soldered it as Larry suggested.

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2014, 12:49:20 PM »
Would have also replaced the filter. Just glad I don't mess with sealed systems anymore.

Offline isappliance

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2014, 12:59:28 PM »
How did the repair go? And how did you end up getting that deal?

Offline niobrara

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2014, 07:24:10 PM »
You did change the dryer and vacuum the unit down ? Before you charged it! Or did you just repair the leak . Just asking , not criticizing . Just like to keep up with how guys are making repairs.

Offline All Done Appl

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2014, 08:47:31 AM »
Repair,
Nitrogen,
Vac,
Recharge.
Always replace Drier,


Great tip on the jewelers torch,
I have been looking at a turbo torch and just havent pulled the trigger,
I found a 35.00 jewelers torch with lots of tips,
Great idea,
I will be tryin this out!!
Joe DelCastillo
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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2014, 09:08:46 AM »
As stated in previous post I did vac and recharge. I did not do the drier because it was a brand new unit and my experience with brazing small appliances is limited. I did residential HVAC for some time. That's no problem.

Offline niobrara

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2014, 10:28:14 AM »
Where did you find the jewelers tip for $35 I have been looking for one ,if unit is cooling good for a few days you should be golden.

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2014, 07:44:30 AM »
Ebay,
Not the tip,
The entire torch with 5 tips,
Varying sizes and the U shaped tip,
Dont bid me up,
But if u look around u can find good deals!
Joe DelCastillo
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Offline Brent@CanBC

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2014, 05:01:27 AM »
I got a Danby appartment size fridge a year ago,  and it also had a leak on the evap.  Sealed it with JB weld,  clean,  no fartin around.   Did the dry nitrogen test, and vac'c and installed the gas,   and sold it for 400.00.   Never used the JB before.  Would use it in a heart beat now.  Brent

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Re: How in the F*#k do I fix this???
« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2014, 02:44:49 PM »
a few tips for brazing  cap tube is before inserting into connecting tube "contaminate" the end of the tube with oil. I use a little bit of vac pump oil on my finger tip. have also ran my finger alongside my nose and used just facial oils. the solder willnot flow into tube.