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I was drilling a hole into the bottom of the pan from the rear for better drainage and I knicked the back coils. all the freon escaped;how can it be fixed inexpensively and can i buy the freon from commercial source like an auto parts store?

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You will have to get freon from a supplier such as Aireco, or R.E. Michaels. In order to buy it, you have to be CFC certified. If you want to fix the hole, you will have to be very careful, and cut the fins away from the hole in the coil. Then you will have to get a torch (map gas, acetelyne, etc) and solder it closed. Do not use plumbers solder, use a high silver content such as a brazing rod. Then after you seal the hole, you can hook an air compressor up to it, and pump about 100 to 150psi in to leak check your repair. If all holds well, you should be able to charge it. You may be able to find some R22 on ebay. I sell it on there sometimes. There are a lot of suppliers. Hope that helps

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