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anyone install their own fridge compressor?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by dvellone, May 15, 2013.

  1. dvellone

    dvellone Feeling the Heat

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    I've got to replace my fridge compressor. I've got all the parts and have no trouble brazing, etc.

    Anyone attempt this? Tips?

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  2. Bret Hart

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    I've never done it but I'd bet there will be videos on youtube about it.
  3. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    You're going to need a vacuum pump and some time, also.
  4. peakbagger

    peakbagger Minister of Fire

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    Additionally you need to know how many pounds of refrigerant is required for the system, a gauge set and a good scale. In order to buy refrigerant you need a EPA certificate that can be done on line and expect you will have to buy more than you need. For most folks it less costly to have a tech do it.
  5. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    Anyone can buy R134A. They sell it @ Walmart
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    And older fridge is gonna use R-22. There will be a tag on the old compressor or somewhere that tells ya the type.
  7. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    R12, but that's for a fridge 20 yrs old. R12 is about $1200 for a cylinder now and not worth it

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