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My window a/c unit was freezing up, while evaluating (which i now know was it needed tilting) I realized it needed a serious cleaning. well while in the process of putting it back together, a wrong screw was put in the wrong place and I have pierced one of the copper coils on the side of the aluminum coil. I have $0 to purchase a new unit and I live in the very hot state of arizona. i now have freon leaking and im frustrated! what can i do?

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FYI . This is not a do it yourself repair (brazing line, adding charging valve and new filter drier, evacuating system, charging system with new refrigerant) and the repair would most likely cost more than a new window air conditioner. Please don't bother rating this.

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