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Can I change out a compresser

i can fix darn near anything,,,is there any big tricks to change out a compresser on frigerator

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The biggest problem would be the capture and disposal of any refrigerant left in the system, and the safe charging and sealing of the system after the compressor is replaced. I have never tried it, because I am not familiar with the different refrigerants and their toxicity. If I were to try, I would be doing it away from every living thing, on a windy day. That way, if I screw something up, hopefully nothing living is hurt, aside from possibly the ozone. I would imagine that getting ahold of refrigerant that works in that system might also be difficult, as refrigerants are always changing and may require a license to handle them. The link below is to the EPA 608 licensure website. I think you need that to handle that type of refrigerant, but I could be wrong.


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There is more to replacing a compressor than just taking it out and putting it in. You need to understand the sealed system and all it's components, as well as what pressure readings you should have, where and when. If you don't know this you could cause serious harm to yourself, the refrigerator and anyone nearby. The system will also need a vacuum. You'll have to weigh in the R134a. You can't buy R134a unless you provide what your state requires. You'll need torches for brazing, refrigerant scale, vacuum pump, gauges, recovery tank and probably a filter drier. If you have all the equipment needed, I would still recommend that you don't attempt the repair. It is illegal to put refrigerants into our


Every technician that repairs refrigerators and AC has had to pay to go to school, sit in a desk, study, pass tests, and spend hours of on the job training, and pass all requirements, as well as EPA requirements, to be able to legally diagnose and repair your refrigerator.

Only a qualified technician should do repairs on a sealed system.

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