Our refrigerator got compressor replaced in Feb. Now it's not working again.
The technician now says there is Freiburg leak and because the original
refrigerator had copper tubing, it's difficult to weld,. He suggested us to
change to whole coil. What does it mean?
On Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7:44:10 AM UTC-4, Jennifer wrote:
It probably means it's time to buy a new refrigerator, assuming it's just a
typical fridge that's $1000 or so. Again, a lot of missing information,
like how old, how much, etc. It sounds like he's saying that for some
reason the brazing in of the new compressor is leaking because of the
copper tubing. I don't understand that, I thought any parts of anything
that needed to be brazed were always copper and still are. When an
average fridge needs a new compressor, unless it's under warranty,
it's probably time for a new fridge. If it's 20 years old, it's a no
Never heard of a Freiburg leak. What does it mean? It means you will
pay a lot of money for a half ass repair by an incompetent tech.
Copper repairs are some of the easiest to do. Years ago i was the
supervisor of a department that made heating and cooling coils of many
types and we did thousands of joints a day, all copper as it is so
simple to work with and does the job well.
Cut you losses and look for a new fridge.
We need more details as others have stated.
The tech could have caused this problem while replacing the compressor.
Copper is easy to braze (weld) - even I can do it. I suspect the tech does
not want to do the job. Query him why this happened. I am suspicious... Is
this repair being done by a 'home warranty' co?
The choices you have revolve around how old the unit is, what is really the
problem, how much is cost of repair vs a new refrigerator?
Brazing isn't welding. It is "hard soldering". You CAN brass weld
coPper, but it is not commonly done."Brass welding" or "braze welding"
involves melting the copper/brass base metal and adding filler rod
like in welding steel. Brazing, or hard soldering, melts the spelter
ONTO the joint - it does not melt it INTO the joint.
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