I tried posting this before but don't see it.
The evaporator pan on the refrigerator rusted out. I was able to get a
used one to replace it. The pan sits on top of the condenser and is
held in place with a nut and bolt. There was something used to help
keep it from leaking around the nut...some kind of putty. It appears
to be plain old plumbers putty like we have. Does anyone know if this
is right? The pan gets pretty hot ...
When I took our GE Monogram apart, it was loaded with plumbers putty. I
did away with most of it and redid it with silicone seal. the putty
hadn't fared well at the low temperatures, and hopefully this will be
I would think a silcon caulk would be easier to seal on the 1st try.
You may have to let it cure for a few days before putting it into
operation (e.g. exposure to the heat you talked about) OR perhaps a
compressable rubber washer to slightly compress and prevent any water
leakage around the bolt. Any professional refrigerator person should
be willing to tell you what kind of sealant to use for the application.
My next choice would be to ask at an auto repair parts store as car
repair mechanics also deal with high heat applications and use various
non-flammable (when cured), heat resistant sealants.
Evaporator: The tubes or coils which get cold.
Condensor: The tubes or coils which get hot.
Condensate tray or pan: The pan which holds the water that drains from
Compressor: Device which compresses refrigerant. Usually sealed, and
usually hums and vibrates while running.
I've seen condensate trays on compressors, but never seen an
evaporator pan on a condensor. Seen trays next to the condensor on
frost free models, though.
Christopher A. Young
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