This tube on our refrigerator has a split/leak near the compressor. Should I replace the entire tube (I "think" that I would prefer this) or just try to fix the split section? Is it difficult to replace the entire tube? Should I consider replacing the other tubes also as a preventative measure? Thank you!
Answer Hello Alan,
It might be just personal preference, but from the experiences in my career, I would replace the entire part as splicing the line is just giving two more possible leak points. If the complete line is replaced, the only possible leak points are at the ends where they connect. This repair isn't difficult if you replace the line as you remove the old one. I have learned that this method always saves time. If you yank the old one out, then try to route the new one, all it takes is going the wrong direction around one component to make you have to waste the time of removing the line to reroute. Another trick I have used is taping a string to the old one before I pull it out. This leaves the string in place of the old line that can be used as a "popcorn trail" for the installation of the new one. Another thing that helps is to snap a few pictures before touching anything. This way if you get "lost" it is a real time saver to just reference the pictures instead of having to ask for help and having to read an answer. As far as replacing the other water lines goes, if it ain't broke, dont fix it.