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I have a mini fridge and during my move this little coil thing in the back got cut and and it now makes a hissing sound whenever I plug the refrigerator in to the electricity. Anyone know if it would be worth fixing? Or better to just replace the fridge all together? Also if it is worth fixing how would I got about doing it?

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You can solder it but you will need to have it refilled with freon after you seal the coils . Not sure the going rate to have a mini fridge refilled compared to a new . Call your local appliance repairman see how much it will cost to have it refilled with freon . Then price a new one weigh out your costs on soldering compared to just buying a new one

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If your domestic goods are insured you would probably find the damage is covered or if you used a commercial mover you should claim from their insurer.

If the fridge was in showroom condition it could just about be worth repairing - if you can find somebody to do the work at a reasonable cost.

The trouble is, the cost of repairs has risen faster than the cost of new replacements in a typical retail discount establishments so there are many fewer repairers concerning themselves with domestic fridge repairs, especially as refrigerant gases are damaging to the environment and increasingly becoming controlled and available only to licensed repairers.

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Not sure what you mean by 6 os.

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Wine coolers have a lot in common with mini-refrigerators. The cooling for the wine, to proper 'cellar' temperatures is done gently (one hopes) with circulating cool air that should keep the temperature stable, and the dust to a minimum.

The fan you hear is most likely one keeping the refrigerant compressor cooled off. Depending on how your unit is packaged, what you'll likely want to do is
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