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compressor replacement for a domestic refrigerator

when replacing a compressor in a domestic refrigerator, that has a very small (6 oz.) charge is it best to install an access port on the process tube of the compressor and leave it there for evacuation, and charging or install the access port just for evacuation, and charging then crimp it shut, and solder it closed.Thanks to all.


  • clammy
    clammy Member Posts: 2,660
    braze in a access port much easier peace and good luck clammy
    R.A. Calmbacher L.L.C. HVAC
    NJ Master HVAC Lic.
    Mahwah, NJ
    Specializing in steam and hydronic heating
  • SherlockOhms
    SherlockOhms Member Posts: 13
    It's a matter of preference, many will be put off by seeing a valve welded into a system, if mine I would leave the valve, but if selling one I might pinch it off to be more factory in appearance.
  • unclejohn
    unclejohn Member Posts: 1,730
    I would also leave it in. And be careful not to burn a hole in the customers kitchen floor like I did many many years ago.
  • jumper
    jumper Member Posts: 1,664
    Sounds like a bad idea to replace compressor in modern fridge.What made the first one go bad?
  • Techman
    Techman Member Posts: 2,144
    Yea jumper! To me , thats a major repair job, if done right. Where do you put the new oversized LLFD , if there was acid you need a SLFD. And me, I just gatta gatta gatta know the hiside pressure!