AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I broke my kegerator!!

Fri May 31, 2013 3:38 pm

I noticed a bunch of ice building up in the back of my kegerator today so I decided to chip it out. I got concerned that I would break the plastic casing with the hammer I was using so I picked up a small chisel.....BAD IDEA!!! I accidentally punched a small hole in the back of the refrigerator and then heard a hissing sound (I believe this was coolant escaping from the line) and after about a minute or so it stopped. The temp in the refrigerator has been slowly climbing since this happened. I am not sure how to fix or remedy this situation. Any suggestions would be appreciated. :(
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Re: AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I broke my kegerator!!

Fri May 31, 2013 3:41 pm

The first thing that I would do to fix it is to look on craigslist.
Now sure if there is a "stop leak" for those things. Maybe a new condenser coil or something?
Got a pic for further analysis?
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Re: AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I broke my kegerator!!

Fri May 31, 2013 3:48 pm

I took a pic with my phone and am currently waiting for it to make it to my computer. It's taking forever, I had hoped to include it with my first post but it's so slow. I hope I will be able to patch the hole and replace the coolant.
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Fri May 31, 2013 6:57 pm

Duct tape? :mrgreen:
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Re: AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I broke my kegerator!!

Fri May 31, 2013 7:59 pm

The problem isn't the leak. The problem is that moisture immediately leaked into the system. Moisture + coolant = coolant breaking down into hydrochloric & hydrofluoric acid. Definitely not a DIY job, especially if you plan on doing it legally. It would require an EPA certified technician who's got some pretty awesome skills & an hourly rate that would reflect that. Hate to tell you man, but the cheapest fix is indeed Craigslist.
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Re: AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I broke my kegerator!!

Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:19 am

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Re: AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! I broke my kegerator!!

Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:57 am

Not sure where you live, but you could still throw that sucker in the basement and use it as a ferm chamber when it gets colder. Just add heat.
Just trying to put a positive spin on it.
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Also- next time, use a hair dryer to melt that damn ice.
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Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:59 am

You are definitely hosed! Not a do it yourself fix and a small brand new freezer will cost less than a competent repair job.
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