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Replace compressor Thanks for your reply, I have had two of the Sears kegs for several years. Now one is shot and the other works but has a noisy compressor. The compressor on the "broken " one is fine. I must admit that I broke the other one when clumsily deicing! However, I can solder and fix many things and years ago I serviced cryogenic systems so I am careful (usually) I need to know where I can find fittings (I assume that I must cut the compressor lines, resolder one and solder a fitting in the other to allow me to connect a charging unit. So if you can direct me to a knowledge base on the internet that would be fine Thanks

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  • bass39boy Jun 30, 2008

    Thanks,
    I clearly don't have sufficient experience to do this job, but it was interesting to to look into it.
    As your earlier recommendation, I will buy a new one.
    Thanks again
    bill r


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This type of work is normally performed by a certified technician. System refrigerant must be recovered prior to working on the system. After refrigerant is recovered from the system the lines can be removed from the compressor stub tubes by heating up to the flow point of the solder used. Number 15 silver solder has a flow point of 1385°F. Re-brazing the lines to the replacement compressor is best done after cleaning the line and using a small amount of flux. I use #45 silver solder to connect the lines to the compressors on a replacement. Flow point of #45 is 1185°F. The system filter/dryer should be replaced. After all connections are made a vacuum must be drawn on the system to remove air and none condensible gases and moisture. Refrigerant charge is critical on these system and should be weight in according the the amount stated on the name plate.

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    James Helmer Jun 30, 2008

    Glad to be of assistance.

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