My compact fridge doesn't get cold, the motor is still running. Ice built up in the freezer part. I defrosted it, and hit it with a hammer to remove the ice. Then I hit something , some kind of smoke or gas appeared. Can I repair it?

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    umm...usually when you hit an appliance with a hammer to the point of seeing smoke it's likely dead.
    – DA01
    Mar 9, 2014 at 18:54
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    use a bigger hammer to fix it! Mar 9, 2014 at 20:09
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    That smoke was the refrigerant. it is toast! Mar 9, 2014 at 20:10

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Alas, the refrigerator is dead.

That smoke was the refrigerant escaping. Theoretically, you can patch the hole or holes and recharge it. But that will cost more to get right than buying a new one.

Next time you need to defrost, turn it off and let the ice melt. This will take an hour or two at no risk to the refrigerator. If you need to do it in minutes instead of hours, use a hair dryer.

  • For a full-sized fridge it might make sense to recharge the refrigerant, depending on its age and how much a replacement would cost. But for a mini fridge, forget about it.
    – Hank
    Mar 9, 2014 at 23:03
  • @HenryJackson that's not counting getting to the ruptured pipe and repairing it Mar 9, 2014 at 23:40

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