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    Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise


    What is the best method for cutting a cap tube? We cut at an angle so that the orifice does not close up as would happen if using a side-cutter (for example). Of course we use a sharp pipe cutting tool, but is this method the 'norm'? Why I am asking is that some refigerators (domestic) have been swapped out due to gas noise. Could this be causing it?
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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    Yes htis could be causing the noise and sometimes happens in air ducts with high velocity and sharp bits inside. I used to use side cutters and debur with a knife then reem hole a little with welding gas tip cleaners and it worked well

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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    There are capillary cutting pliers on the market. I use Refco 14215


    Even better is to use small triangle file and make grove at outside circumference of capillary at place where you want cut, and then it could be broken.

    Also there is another tool to avoid capillary to be clogged:

    Soldering of capillary tubes requires quite some precision, partly because overheating will quickly occur, and partly because the capillary tube is easily blocked.
    When the capillary tube is mounted into the filter drier it can be put so far in that it pushes against the filter mesh. This may cause blockage, since the refrigerant can only pass a limited part of the filter mesh.
    On the other hand the capillary tube may not be put far enough into the filter drier, thus risking it to be closed by solder. These problems can be avoided by using capillary tube pliers as shown in fig. 20.
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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    Thanks all for the information on cutting cap tubes. I am interested in what are other (or the main) causes of gas noise?

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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    I am interested in finding out what are the main causes of the gas noises? I

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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    Quote Originally Posted by keepmecool View Post
    I am interested in finding out what are the main causes of the gas noises? I

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    High speed of gas, probably at some restriction or sharp turn or maybe capillary is short and small diameter.
    Try to change to higher diameter capillary with adequate length.
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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    The method I learned in school was to use the square edge of a flat file. Score the cap tub and then snap it in half.
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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    I make a small cut with my Leatherman, bend it once and snap it open. [very similar to US Iceman' file...]

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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    Cut as per Icemans method.Try putting a slight bend in the end of the cappilary, so that when you weld it into the evap pipe it is feeding the liquid along the wall of the pipe. This used to help on domestic fridges.

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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    I find cabbage causes a lot of gas noise, usually followed by a distinct odour.
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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    I was always taught to nick it with a knife and snap as others have said.

    I know that there are specific tools for the purpose, but why spend the money when this method is so easy and I rarely lose my knife which is more than I can say for the other tools in my bag.

    As far as the tool for locating a cap tube end within a drier, wouldn't a permanent marker do a similar job at a substantially reduced cost?

    Insert tube until it stops, pull back a bit and make a mark. Pinch tube on the mark and solder away.

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    Re: Cutting Capillary Tubes & gas noise

    the traditional way is as iceman say,s, with a file.noisy systems ocurred a few years back when R134A was first used due to the bore and length being worked out wrong.also retrofit refrigerants can do it..

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