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Kenmore French Door Restriction? ...

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Back In November I Fixed A Refrigerant Leak Behind The Condenser Motor. This Is A Common Issue On This Machine...As Is Compressor Failure.

Client called Me Because It Started Leaking Water AT The Left Rear Corner. When I Got There I Found The Suction Line Frozen Solid All The Way Back To The Compressor. I Assumed It Was An Overcharge. But The PressureS On Both Sides Of The System Were PerfeCt.

There Was A Big Ball Of Ice At The Head Of The Evap Coil Indicative Of A Restriction....But No Complaints Of Warm Temps And I Still Had A Pretty Even Frost Pattern All The Way Through The Coil.

I Treated It As A Partial Restriction. Evacuated...Nitro Purged The sh*T Out Of It With The Old Drier...Changed The Drier And Nitro Purged Again.

Going Back Out Monday To Follow Up....But Im Still Lost.....

Any Of U Seen This?

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Sounds like a Whirlpool built one. If you are pushing brown crap out of the cap line, then your system is totally contaminated. This happens when you get the leak on the heat line where it sits in the evaporation pan (what a dumb idea!) When it goes into a vacuum from losing freon it will suck in water. The only repair that I know of is a complete system replacement and blowing out the Yoder loop with nitrogen when you are changing the system. You can't clear it with nitrogen because the water is mixed with the oil in the compressor. Here's what mine looked like. http://neighboursappliance.com/2011/07/contaminated-refrigeration-system.html

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Had A very similar situation recently with a SCAMSLUNG built GE french door...unit was 3 years old, never been tapped or worked on ,sealed system-wise...HEAVY frost on suction line, all the way to the compressor...melting on off cycle and puddling in the floor.

I recovered, nitro purged , replaced the FD and factory charged...never heard from them again. This was about 3 months ago.

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No Brown Stuff Strathy (Eww Btw) Yes Kurt...Just Like That. Heavy Frost To Comp And Ice Ball At Evap. No Temp Issues.Fridge Ran Perfectly. Only Indication That Anything Was Wrong Was The Puddle Left By The Suction Line When It Melted

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Let us know what you find on followup...hopefully , no frost :--)

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And Yes Strathy It Is That Fridge With That Leak, But No Brown stuff

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Well...Suction Line still Freezing And Still Have An Ice Ball At Head Of Evap. I'm Going With An Inefficient Compressor As My Official Diagnosis. They Declined, I'm Happy.

Still Want To Know Though...It Bothered Me All Weekend.

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that or possibly cap tube seperation on heat exchanger asm..either way, same result . :-)

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i Considered Separation, But The Heat Exchanger IS Encased InThe Cabinet, So Short Of Taking The SAwsall To The Back Of Their Box (Sounds Fun) No Way To Verify

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