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Question DetailsAsked on 10/9/2017

how to glue a broken plastic refrigerator part

I have a 7-year old Whirlpool refrigerator with an icemaker. The housing insert for the icemaker flap and water dispenser has been broken (a small tab has been broken off that holds a pin for the ice door). What type of adhesive should I use to glue and reinforce the broken piece? The only other alternative is a new door or new refrigerator! Yikes!
Thanks, Mike

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Honestly, for a reefer part which fails in use, gluing rarely works - because if it broke once will likely do so again, especially in the cold environment which makes plastic brittle. Sometimes, if clearances are not a problem, you can also glue on a splice piece of scrap plastic to reinforce it, as an overlay. But bottom line - othen than partial cracks in reefer shelves or drawer transparent plastic, repairs that last are have to do.

Also - basically no glue/adhesive is going to work in a cold reefer so you will have to empty it out and turn it off and let it come to room temp first, and any adhesive/.glue joint needs firm compression of the pieces after gluing and until it cures (commonly 15 minutes for solvent type to several hours for glues) to adhere.

Not knowing the material it is made of, hard to answer - if PVC/HDPE then a plastic pipe cement should work. If a hard brittle plastic then commonly a plastic model (styrene) solvent glue like Duco Cement for Styrene will work. For flexible plastic then Gorilla Glue will sometimes work. Permatex also makes a Super Glue gel which I have been using for the past 6 months or so and seems to work quite well. If the clear transparent ice shield, that is usually lexan or acrylic or plexiglass so a plaxiglass/lexan glue would be your answer for that. For hard brittle plastic (either the white or the clear) Devcon also makes a hard plastic two-component plastic cement that has worked for me at times - not at others, and costs about $15 for a one-use two-component dispenser tube. Generally, generic two-component epoxy is not going to work unless you can apply a patch reinforcement over it of similar plastic material.

I can't visualize the part, but every model is different - but if this is an "insert" rather than the housing itself you might be able to change the insert out. Take a couple of cell phone photos and write down the make, model and serial number and go to or eMail them to an appliance parts store and see what they say about the cost of getting a replacement part.

Course you will have to figure whether this is a DIY job or not - otherwise an Appliance Repair - Large tech is your repair answer.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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