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    • dkschofield
    • By dkschofield 12th Mar 17, 1:44 AM
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    DIY Drip Tray for Fridge?
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    • 12th Mar 17, 1:44 AM
    DIY Drip Tray for Fridge? 12th Mar 17 at 1:44 AM
    Hi,

    I've noticed the drip tray for my fridge has completely disintegrated, it's an old Lec T27975 and the part is now obselete. I was hoping to replace it with a cheap DIY solution - maybe another plastic tray of some kind - but before I do I wanted to ask if anyone knows much about this and whether it would work?

    My understanding is that the drip tray sat on top of the compressor so that the heat evaporates the liquid, so would it be a case of just finding something else and putting it on top of the compressor? Or are there any safety/melting/fire things I need to be aware of before doing this?

    Thanks!
    Dan
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    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 12th Mar 17, 9:07 AM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 9:07 AM
    The problem with replacing the drip tray with a non standard item will be the heat.
    The compressor get very hot in use & could melt a non standard replacement drip tray.
    You would probably be better using a metal replacement of similar size to be on the safe side.
    HTH
    • dkschofield
    • By dkschofield 13th Mar 17, 12:16 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 12:16 AM
    Hi Firefox

    Thank you for your reply! So if I used a small metal tin - maybe a baking tin of some kind - that should work OK as long it fits fairly securely and won't fall off?

    I guess my biggest worry is putting anything there which somehow leads to causing some sort of fire!

    Thank you
    Dan
    • frugalmacdugal
    • By frugalmacdugal 13th Mar 17, 5:18 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 5:18 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 5:18 AM
    Hi,

    if you have easy access to the drip tube at back, you could just drain it into a bottle or jar, check it regularly, then empty or change.
    Y'all take care now.
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 13th Mar 17, 7:25 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 7:25 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 7:25 AM
    Hi,

    if you have easy access to the drip tube at back, you could just drain it into a bottle or jar, check it regularly, then empty or change.
    Originally posted by frugalmacdugal
    It's a bit OTT, but you could use a condensate pump.

    If you are going to try a plastic container, and I accept that's easy because there are usually loads lying around, I suggest something microwaveable, as that's more likely to withstand the heat.

    Whatever you use, test it with boiling water beforehand.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • dkschofield
    • By dkschofield 15th Mar 17, 8:58 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 8:58 PM
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    • 15th Mar 17, 8:58 PM
    Hi everyone - thank you so much for your advice and tips. Will give them a go and just keep an eye on it for a while to make sure it's coping OK.

    Thanks again

    Dan
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