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I have a kenmore freezer model# 253 9185211. I had it in storage and brought it home ,connected it.Red light on top is on. I set the dial on 4. I can hear something turn on,but freezer wont freeze. Lost the key. Do I need the key to Lock it and activate it?

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The lock is only to prevent the door from opening, it does not cause the unit not to cool properly. If this is a chest freezer, a not uncommon occurrence can happen in similar situations, used for a while, then not plugged in for a period of time, and when its used again stops cooling. The lack of usage causes the refrigerant lines in the cabinet walls to rust, and therefore the refrigerant leaks.

You might consider a service call just to make sure.

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