Anyway, we spent Tuesday night (after buying more ice and doing the cat sitting gig) taking the fridge apart:
|The shelves are out, the doors are off.|
|Lay it down and start taking off the old cooling unit.|
|The burner assembly - note how much paint has burned off the tube to the left (up when standing).|
|Hacking at the foam seal behind the freezer.|
|I can see floor!|
|It's together again, for better or worse.|
We got it back up, doors on, lit the burner - and watched smoke come out from burning paint. Now the new pipe should match the old one.
It's working and we can stop buying ice. All that remains is to claim our frozen food from a neighbor's house. Our feeling is that next time, we'll just buy a new fridge and stick to software.