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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2011, 11:47:21 PM »
first make sure you put the saddle valve on the low side. and you will need a way to seal off the hole you made with the saddle valve as they will leak... next if you have lost gas there is a leak somewhere in the system and it will leak again until you find it and seal it....
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #31 on: May 13, 2011, 07:01:16 AM »
Didn't get to do it last night. Have the day off and was going to give it a go in a little bit. How do you seal off the hole where the saddle valve will be? Pretty sure duct tape won't work.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #32 on: May 13, 2011, 07:56:08 AM »
You leave the saddle valve on there.Clean up the copper with sand cloth before attaching the saddle valve. It will become a permanent fixture on the appliance.
So it needs to be installed properly.
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #33 on: May 13, 2011, 10:05:11 AM »
I have never be able to get saddle valve to hold.... but JW used different one that I do... I use supco Bullet piercing Valve... from jw pic he uses  a different style...I use a pinch off tool to seal off access. then weld it ..
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #34 on: May 14, 2011, 09:34:21 PM »
Ended up with the grandkids. Was going to try it tomorrow, but now you got me a little worried. The only saddle valves I could find in town were all the same style as Lowes. Guess I hope the rubber gasket works. Had to find an adapter so I could cleanly connect the refrigerant to it. Also, our Big Lots had it at $8 a can. We'll see how it comes out.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2011, 11:31:14 AM »
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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #36 on: May 15, 2011, 05:21:52 PM »
Looks like I may have made a mistake in the saddle valve. I was just getting ready to use the saddle valve I got when I saw your message. When I asked for one they only showed me the one for adding the water line. I looked at a local website and they have the the BPV21. Your link to ebay was the BPV31. Wife is getting impatient so is there any issue in using the 21 vs 31 versions. Thanks for all the help. As you can tell I'm a little cautious about this next step.






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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #37 on: May 15, 2011, 05:27:17 PM »
Another mistake. should have looked online a little better. I see that the 21 is for larger lines. The website says:

3/8" Lead Free Polyethylene Tube to Self Tapping Saddle Valve

    * Easy to install
    * Interchangeable with standard compression fittings
    * Durable brass construction
    * Quality threads

Attached is the picture.

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #38 on: May 15, 2011, 05:29:45 PM »
Also need to read before I upload. What I meant to ask, is the saddle valve in my previous post usable? Think three days of the grandkids has fried my brain. Thanks

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Re: Refrigerator not freezing after power outage
« Reply #39 on: May 15, 2011, 05:53:55 PM »
Absolutely NOT!!
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