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View Poll Results: Do you plug your refrigerator drain line
yes - I normally leave the plug in 5 38.46%
no -I normally leave the plug out and let it drain 3 23.08%
something else, whatever that might be 5 38.46%
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Old 06-05-2017, 08:19   #1
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Refrigerator Drain Plug

For the past 7 years I've left the plug in the refrigerator drain line to keep the cold from going down it. But of course that means that water accumulates in the frig instead and I think it also makes the freezer ice up faster as there is always moisture.

What are the rest of you doing with your refrigerator drain?
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Old 06-05-2017, 08:31   #2
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

I removed ours entirely. Like no hole removed.

Our box is incredibly tiny though
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

A couple of things happen in a fridge drain . First you lose a lot of cold air through it , second any little bits of food or spillage collects in there and you can't get it out or properly clean it , the stuff starts to rot and stinks up everything . Yuk , so that's that smell in the fridge . So I guess you know what side of the fence I'm on . Must easer just to clean the bottom with a good sponge . No smell , all sanitized.

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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

Actually, what is super easy is to take the drain hose and make a circle in it. Use wire ties to keep it together. You just need to make a trap, then no lost air. And it's very easy to clean lines like these.
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

I put a pvc valve on the end of mine. Never had a problem.
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

Rubber stopper inside of the box.
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A cheap jar lid gripper laid over the drain keeps the cold air in.
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

We are firmly in the camp of leaving the plug in & using a sponge to remove water & odd food bits. It's an easy way to clean the bottom of the fridge, and far easier than letting that stuff get into the bilge where we really don't want it.
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

Plug normally in and remove for defrosting cycle. My drain line is teed into my sink drain line just before the valve.
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

based on the poll volume must not be many people with drain on their frig
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

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based on the poll volume must not be many people with drain on their frig


I think only those of us that had ice boxes that were converted. A newer boat that has a fridge from the start I'd assume won't have a drain?
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

Our fridge doesn’t even have one. I’ve lamented this lack at times, but in reality we get very little moisture that accumulates. When we do, or when spillage happens, a sponge does the trick.
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

I second putting your drain line in a loop. Also do yourself a favor and have it drain into a jug or a Tupperware container that you can empty over the side to keep the dirty water from going into your bilge. If you want to get fancy you can even put a bilge pump in the container.
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

Turkey baster. Takes the bulk of the water out before sponging. I have a little brass pump built in to pump it out, but the seals are gone and I've never had a reason to fix it.
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Re: Refrigerator Drain Plug

Small drain plug that we leave in mostly. The drain goes to the sink with a built in small hand pump. When some moisture aaaumulates, plug is pulled and we pump the liquid out into the sink.
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