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Drain pan for central air

High limit failed on my furnace. over heated and melted central air drain pan. Evaperator was sears model 867.812450. Drain pan is no longer available. Do they make a universal drain pan I could use for this?

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  • stewpeck Oct 06, 2009

    After further research I found out this evap was made by Tempstar. Found a drain pan for it here
    $265 seems expensive for a plastic pan, but cheaper than a new evaperator.



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Nope, you're sol - have to replace evaporator coil assembly - sorry for the bad news

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