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Punctured a hole in air condtioner..HELP

Water was collecting in the pan and there was no way for it to drain. I drilled a hole in the pan, but slipped and punctured a hole in one of the back coils. Freon sprayed everywhere. Can this be fixed.

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  • coachfro Jun 28, 2009

    I have another model that the motor burned up in it last year. It is also a Samsung but has 10,200BTU's and the one that I am trying to fix is a Samsung 12,000BTU. Same size and make, but different models. Can I take the condensor coil from this one and replace it with the one that I punctured? Is this something that I can do myself, or will I have to take it in to get it repaired?

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The only sure way to repair the unit is to replace the condensor coil. Pressures are too great for a patch job.

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    You would have to measure and compare the two condensers, if they are close to the same it would probably work. I don't know how much experience you have with this, but you would need to have a swageing tool to enlarge one end of both the entrance and exit side of the condenser so the mating tube can fit inside, then silver solder the connections together. For insurance on the job, you should add a new filter drier, then put a deep vacuum on the system and see if it holds over a period of time. If it doesn't hold, that means you have a leak more than likely where you soldered. Finally vacuum and recharge the unit with the right weight charge. It can get involved, more than just silver soldering a used condenser on.

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If you shut it down and don't **** in a lot of moist air. these are not made to drain but to sling water on condencer coil unless this is the inside coil. If so there is a small drain some where but may be harg to see. Also can be soldered it is copper. depends on how big and how old this unit is if it is worth repairing. normally not a cheap repair. at least $100.00 with time ,repair, drier and freon.

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    Kendall Clendenen Jun 28, 2009

    Sorry but this is a shop repair. Hole can be repaired in one you drilled. Will need to have a vacuum and a recharge by a tech. Should have a line drier and charge valves added and freon weighted in or added by gauge by someone that knows how. Someone may be able to come to your home and do it.

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    Kendall Clendenen Jun 28, 2009

    I have repaired many a drill holes in over 30 years of HVACR service. Harris 15% silver soldier is stronger than the copper tubing. Now if it is aluminum tube thats a different story and harder to repair. Anyone who is good with high temp soldier can patch it with no problem.

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