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Avanti Mini Fridge punctured fridge (pressure copper line) with a small drill bit and leaked out the refrigerant

sKiLzTz

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Hi, can someone help me fix my fridge please...

I punctured my fridge (pressure copper line) with a small drill bit and leaked out the refrigerant but i purchase a kit that helps restore the refrigerant.

The problem is patching the hole to keep in the refrigerant.

1st idea-I have tried epoxy but was not successful.maybe the epoxy was not strong enough for the pressure.

2nd idea-I decided to cut/split the punctured copper then place another copper in between and add the same epoxy but it caved after a few minutes...

What is the proper copper fitting that can join my end cuts togerther?(not professional cuts,more like snipping away at it).

Or should i use my 2nd idea but with a jbweld epoxy of 5000 psi?

The pics show the puncture (before i split the copper)-the grey stuff is the remaining leftover epoxy after i started cleaning it off.

more pics show my second attempt to fix it..as i add refrigerant it was pushing it thru but it failed an started leaking again.

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sKiLzTz

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i had this fridge for more than 10 years and it operates fine.the appearance is holding up well.
i couldn't find information about the body work of the fridge like i wanted (to avoid sensitive areas)but i went ahead and started my modification plans.
that is how i ended up with the puncture issue.
 

Dan O.

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I don't know any epoxy that will hold there. It needs to be soldered with silfoss or silver solder, not plumbing solder.

Your best bet is to start again with a new refrigerator. It's scrap now IMO and I won't be commenting further.

JMO

Dan O.
 
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