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Old 17-04-2012, 15:59   #1
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how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

I am looking for a quick but good fix to close the drainhole in my fridge that especially drains the cold air into the bilge. Any advice welcome! Cheers, Arjan
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Old 17-04-2012, 16:04   #2
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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

I use a rubber stopper!
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Old 17-04-2012, 16:05   #3
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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

Ah, stick a cork in it!
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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

If you can, simply put a "J" loop in the drain line and it'll act like the 'J' pipe under sinks and provide water flow out but the water in the "J" will prevent air from leaking back in...That's what I did for mine...
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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

Another vote for a cork. Mine is from a bottle of cheap red wine. It does depend how often you actually need to drain water from the fridge, though.
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Old 17-04-2012, 16:57   #6
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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

Funny why one would ask such a seemly easy qustion? Cork it!
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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

An appropriately sized ball that floats to allow liquid to drain but seals off the drain after the water is gone.
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Old 17-04-2012, 17:44   #8
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From what I've learned, the "quick" fix - rubber stopper or cork - is not the "good" fix. To significantly decrease energy transfer, you need to permanently plug the hole AND add insulation where the hole used to be.
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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

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From what I've learned, the "quick" fix - rubber stopper or cork - is not the "good" fix. To significantly decrease energy transfer, you need to permanently plug the hole AND add insulation where the hole used to be.
Ah.... Well.... As a practical matter, Cork IS an exceptionally good insulator.
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Old 17-04-2012, 18:37   #10
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Ah.... Well.... As a practical matter, Cork IS an exceptionally good insulator.
Yes and I like to take a hose in there once in a while and flush it out- so you dont want it plugged up for ever!
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From what I've learned, the "quick" fix - rubber stopper or cork - is not the "good" fix. To significantly decrease energy transfer, you need to permanently plug the hole AND add insulation where the hole used to be.
Nah. What you need is to maintain the ability to drain the system when it's time for a defrost. The dead air in the plugged hose will be plenty good insulation the rest of the time.
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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

See that little square part against the back wall? that's where a sump with drain used to be. It's gone, away, closed, insulated, hoses removed etc.



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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

I'm with those that removed the drain and went to full sealed insulation. I have no trouble sponge cleaning on occasion and I prefer nothing headed to the bilge.
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Re: how to plug the drainhole in fridge?

Just where does one cruise that that 1 square inch of poor heat transfer area makes a difference?

As long as you put the plug/cock in the drain hole so the cool air isn't just flowing down the hole the "lost" insulation of the area doesn't make any difference. I can find a lot more more useful "fixes" to work on.
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