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It might be more economical to get a new refrigerator.

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99% of the time a punctured evaporator is a bucket job unless your appliance has been designed in such a way that it can be replaced providing the system has not become contaminated due to air entering the system.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.


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Sounds like someone tried to "defrost" it with a steak knife...

The government employees in the highrise office buildings where I once worked used to do it all the time.

The aluminum evaporator is nearly impossible to repair and the repairmen will tell you it's cheaper to replace it.

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What is the part number for the evaporator plate? because i accedently punctured the plate while cleaning it?

cant help you with the part # but i would try to repair it rather than replace it . there is a epoxy kit for refrigerators . about 10 to 12.00 dollars, and if the hole is not too large most repairs do work . you will have to vacuum the system and replace the gas . . the repair will be by far easer than replaacing the plate. hope this idea will help you . mm

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Hi, unfortunate, sorry to hear that, but it could be repaired, you should immediately dried up water/ice around punctured area, prevent water/ moisture entering punctured area (evaporator. lines), it's one of the worst thing, that could happened to any refrigeration system, it will be costly to repaired, if water get into your evaporator lines, compressor oil have to be replaced, evaporator will need to be flush out, repair puncture, change filter drier, it's better to replace compressor, vacuum system for about 2hrs. then recharge. it's better to use welding/ soldering, to repair punctured line, epoxy repair kit can be used to repair punctured (evaporator) lines . you will have to call a mechanic, if very little water entered punctured( evaporator) lines, then flushing of evaporator, (internal cleaning of lines (tube) changing of filter drier, with overnight vacuuming will do the job. take note, job like this, cannot be guaranteed. check cost for repairs, sometimes it's better to purchase a new one, and save yourself some time never use sharp instruments in your freezer, it happened to me sometimes, it's what you get your hands on, what's available at the moment, good luck.

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Ok, I know I should not have done this but I did. I was impatient with the defrosting and stabbed my Sanyo SR3770s' evaporator with my Smith and Wesson switch blade knife. A very tiny hole, made a swooshing noise and now the fridge won't get cold. Can this be repaired for a minimal price? Perhaps just replacing the evaporator plate and reinstalling some freon, maybe, hopefully?
Let me know. Basically a brand new unit, hate to see it go to the dump!

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Refrigerant lines are normally visible on unit's like this. There should be a condenser coil mounted to the outside back of the unit, or underneath the unit, with the compressor. The condenser coil is the one that get's warm or hot when the unit is running.
As for the evaporator, or cooling coil, it is what get's cold when the unit is running, and is normally mounted along the top or back of the unit. As long as you avoid puncturing any of these two coils, you should have no problem drilling holes. However, if this is a conversion kit, there should be instructions for where to drill the holes. If you just bought a refrigerator with the intent of converting, well, you'll need to look the unit over real well using the directions I've given above. The only other thing to look our for is the suction line and liquid lines leading between the inside and outside of the unit. You should be able to find where the enter into the cold box on the inside, and where the exit the cold box on the outside, near the compressor/condenser coil. Manufacturers normally use the shortest route between the two to save material, so you should not have to worry about anything in the top surface. One way to tell is if that surface heats up when the unit is first turned on from not running.

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It isn't always more costly to repair provided that the system isn't contaminated by water and air entering it at the time the evaporator was punctured. Unfortunately it is in most cases. However if you can get the parts cheaply enough and your tech's labor rate isn't exceedingly high in a worst case scenario you should expect a job of this magnitude to approach and even cross half the cost of a new refrigerator. That's the point at which most people decide not to repair it. My suggestion would be to see any repair companies might want to buy it for parts or donate it to a local trade school

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