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HELP - I punctured the Evaporator coil - is it junk now?

I live in an small apt, and I have a GE refrigerator/freezer that is so old, its model number TA1-SGB1 does not show up anywhere on the internet. The freezer is "inside" the refrigerator as a "box" with 5 sides and a door.

I was defrosting it (2 inches of ice on all sides collect every 6 months) and i punctured an evaporator coil. I knew i did because i heard a HISSSS and a blast of air shot out for around 20 seconds...then nothing. It smelled like roach spray.

Even if it doesnt work properly, is it SAFE TO plug the unit back in, turn it on and see what happens? Has all the FREON escaped? Can the leak be dangerous to my health?

I'm worried about toxic fumes in my small apt.


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  • mantosof Jan 11, 2009

    Thanks for the comments.
    Its so upsetting because i have "suffered" with this old
    horrible unit for 15 years in this apt, and now that "I BROKE IT",the
    landlord will charge me through the nose for a new one (they have a policy where they raise your rent 15 dollars a month for a new fridge - which over a few years comes to many thousands of dollars for a $300 dollar model). They wont let me buy my own either.

    And i cannot hide the fact that i broke it - you can see the hole clear as a bell right inside the freezer.

    dmparenti - how old IS this model (you wrote you found it listed someplace)




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I will give u an experience
if u can see that tiny puncture then u can fix it.
how? well take a 100 grit sand paper and slowly rough the punctured hole on the side of the hole approx 1 inch around it.clean it with a clean cloth. next take some petroleum ether soak a tissue in ththat and with the ether moist towel wipe the area and the hole nicely .now buy fro the market aluminium epoxy tubes. mix a little bit of the epoxy in a i:1 rratio and apply a coating of this stuff on and around the just cleaned hole.After about 12 hours the puncture is repaired now dont touch it.
Take the fridge to a professional refrigerant filling person who has experience in filling gas. he will vacuum the system and remove any ingress of moisture and then begin filling gas. your fridge will be good as new after this job

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The amount of freon that the unit holds is very minimal. ( like max 5.5 oz ) It will not hurt you and your apartment will be fine. But as for your unit i looked up your model and found that the evap is no longer available .Your best bet is to get a new unit ,if you plug the unit in with the freon out of the system then you will damage the compressor.


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  • David Parenti Jan 11, 2009

    HI mantosof ,when looking up parts the ipl program (intagraded parts look up) I use doesn't tell me a manufacture date. Sorry. you might find a date on the data sticker



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You might as well not turn it back on because you let out the refrigerant and without it the only thing that will happen is the compressor wil get hot then shutdown. I would start looking for another refrigerator too and recycle that one that you have.

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    Todd Born Jan 11, 2009

    you don't have to worry aabout the fumes they only are danserous if say 100 pds are released real quickly. the unit that you hacvee only has ounces in it.

  • Todd Born
    Todd Born Jan 11, 2009

    try to buy your own then the landlord cannot raise your rent,


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