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Offline FifT7Lefty

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Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« on: May 27, 2011, 11:48:16 AM »
I have a Sears side-by-side refridgerator/freezer.  It seems since my compressor was replaced under warranty I have had a condensation problem on one of the lines exiting the compressor.  It is so bad, moisture in the air condenses on the line and drips on the floor causing a small puddle at the back of the unit.  There is no insulation on the line.  What could be causing this problem?

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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011, 11:52:15 AM »
Does the line build frost?  Could be overcharged slightly...
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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011, 11:54:45 AM »
Yes it does frost over for about a minute when the compressor kicks on.  It then slowly clears from the compressor on out.  You then see water droplets forming on the line and dripping in the rear of the unit. 

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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 12:09:44 PM »
Sounds slightly overcharged to me, hard to tell without putting gages on it. ;)
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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2011, 12:11:31 PM »
Can I try releasing some refrigerant to see if the problem alleviates?  How would i do this?  Thanks. 

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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2011, 01:06:09 PM »
How long ago did they replace the compressor?  You should be able to call the tech back out and have them fix the problem. 
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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2011, 01:12:12 PM »
It was last year.  I could try calling Sears back but it was just outside the warranty period when he replaced the compressor.  Not sure they would do it but maybe it's worth a try. 

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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2011, 01:46:13 PM »
You can wrap the lines with cork insulation tape to stop the condensation.
If they left a service valve on the line you could release a spurt or 2 of refrigerant to stop the problem.
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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2011, 01:50:50 PM »
Why did some clear liquid come out instead of gas when I tried that?  Was it compressor oil?

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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2011, 02:20:22 PM »
Was the valve on a copper filter drier about the size of a hotdog?
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Re: Condensation of Refridgerant Line
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2011, 06:55:14 AM »
No, actually its a schrader valve on a line coming out of the compressor. 

 

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