It’s a kegerator/2nd fridge freezer. The connection from the Aluminum evaporators to the copper lines is the normal failure mode. Compressors last on average 13 years. This monster can hold 3-5 gallon kegs and a restaurant dough box while having space for lots more food leftovers and drinks plus a big freezer drawer. It’s not worth spend more than 500$ on. My first kegerator that we got from the side of the road probably that was at least 20 years old when I got it 20 years ago would probably still be working. This unit has 160 grams or 5.2 oz of 124a and a variable speed compressor. But the fridge hole is really tight. Scrapes on sides and only .5” to top. Ie won’t meet install guidelines for any new either so warranties may be voided.Why not have it repaired under warranty and move it to the basement? Then you have an extra fridge to plug in when it’s needed.
I have a 1927 or 28 monitor top in my basement and a 50s Kelvinator that I plug in when we go apple picking or are prepping sides for Thanksgiving, etc.
this failure was not compressor related. This was a design choice failure. I could put some die in but didn’t buy any. I have leak detection bubbles. I have been looking for an excuse to get a set of manifold gauges and a vacuum pump. But don’t think this is it. I don’t recall like the idea of sawing a hole in a new fridge. Kiss that warranty goodbye. So it would probably mean swapping my 2009 kitchen aid main fridge out for a new one and sawing a hole