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Re: hole in freezer of haier refrigerator
The refrigerant used since ~ 10 years is no more dangerous than the one previously used and it is even doubtful that the newer stuff is any better for the ozone layer.
The original coolant could be inhaled without injury as long as one didnt suffocate from a lack of oxygen.
The repair may not be cheap since it will entail the removal and replacement of the damaged coil.
This will require some specialized welding to install.
Using a normal table-top or floor-standing fan to circulate ambient air through the refrigerator with the door(s) open is a safe and fast method for defrosting units that do not automatically defrost.
Just make sure you have some absorbant material in the bottom to avoid water running out of the unit.
Poking the coils with sharp objects can result in the problem you now have or fracture hidden joints that will allow the gas to escape.
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by using a knife , it is very possible that you punctured the evaporator element as it is very thin aluminium sheeting
if that is the case , there is no repair so it is junk
you can talk wit a haier service agent to see in a spare evaporator is available and if it can be installed but the cost of the job will be close to a new unit
lesson one --- only use hot water or fans to defrost fridges and freezers
Yes it can, but you are going to need special equipment. Such as a vacuum pump to remove the air, Touch to repair the hole or replace the evaporator that you poked the hole in. Along with a set of gauges and refrigerant. This is not a job for the average DIY'er and even as a pro I only repair sealed systems (leaks, compressor, etc..) if they are under warranty because it's a time consuming and costly job other wise. If the refrigerator has any age on it then you may want to start shopping around for a new one.
It is possible that in defrosting the built up ice on the freezer that you accidentally punctured a coil and that allowed the gas to escape. If you check the area you defrosted you may find a small nick. As the tech said, it should have nothing to do with the prior repair unless he was poking around in that area with something sharp. As for the long running that would not cause it to lose gas.
This is likely a manual defrost freezer, which means you have to remove the food, unplug the unit, and let the ice melt on its own. Do not, and i repeat, DO NOT poke the ice away from the walls. I guarantee if you poke the ice away from the wall, you'll poke a hole in the wall, and force yourself to buy a new freezer.
SLOWER IS SAFER. put some boiling water, in the pot, inside the freezer, or use a hair dryer.
Hello and Welcome to Fixya,
This is one of the most common problems in most of the refrigeration appliances. What’s going on here is that the condensate drain hole in the freezer gets plugged with ice. Once this happens, all the frost melted off the evaporator during subsequent defrost cycles can no longer drain and so spreads out on the freezer and dribbles down and also chokes other components. Here are the instructions that you need to follow inorder to get rid of the problem:
Unplug the refrigerator and pull everything outta the freezer, and I mean everything.
Remove the bottom panel inside the freezer so you can see the condensate trough in the back of the freezer.
Notice that the condensate trough is filled with ice– all that has to be cleared out.
Take it easy back there, delicate parts are exposed– don’t start hacking at it with an ice pick because there are chances that you’ll just end up puncturing the evaporator and you’ll turn a simple, inexpensive repair into a majorly expensive one.
Use hot water to drain all the frosted ice that is visible.
Re-place all the units removed during the process.
Once all the ice is cleared away and the condensate drain opening is cleared, you are done.
Best of Luck, Please do rate my solution, If found helpful. Regards.
If it still freezes then it should not be dangerous. It will add a lot to the cost of operation. You can fill the hole with insulation, that will help a lot. There is various types in aerosol cans that will work quite well.