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Why is my freezer leaking? It's a Kenmore 253.9284212

It leaks underneath the freezer. There is no condensation inside or outside the freezer otherwise. I wiped it up last night and today there's some water again.

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Maybe try googling some ideas? That may help!
by Manage My Life
June 20th, 2012
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scott d
Peggy, if only the light is on, this would most likely lead to a defective control board. Sometimes, resetting the control may correct this problem. To reset the control, disconnect the power for 30 seconds and then reconnect it. If the unit starts running, keep a close watch on it for a couple of days. If it stops again, the control # 297370602 will need to be replaced. If you would like more assistance, please submit a question to the web site. Since this is a different type of problem and model number, it could get very confusing on this thread. I hope this will help you.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
May 16th, 2012
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I have freezer 253-28052800. The light still is on but it doesn't make any sounds like it is running, and it is not freezing.
by Manage My Life
May 16th, 2012
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scott d
I'm sorry for the confusion. Use the rtv along the seams of the cabinet both inside and outside under the cabinet, only if there is an indication, that water is leaking in the area. As for the drain tube, you can seal around it, where it comes out of the cabinet but if water still leaks around it, then it will indicate a possible poor seal inside the cabinet. This type of leak may not be repairable. A technician will be required to make this check.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
March 22nd, 2011
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I must be using the wrong terminology, sorry. Water was seeping from both ends of the drain tube. There was no moisture in the cabinet, just underneath. Water also dripped from the drain trap but now I understand that 's where it's supposed to drip from.
Everything is dry now so I'm going to put the drain trap back on. You said to use rtv # 482338 for moisture inside the cabinet, what can I use to prevent leaking from both ends of the drain tube?
Thank you.
by Manage My Life
March 22nd, 2011
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scott d
I'm not sure what black hose you can be referring to, other than the drain tube. All the other tubes under the cabinet should be part of refrigerant system. I would recommend having a technician come out to check this. It's possible since the water tube or trap was stopped up, the water did find an alternative drain inside the cabinet. In this case, any area of the cabinet seams that appear to have moisture will need to be sealed with some rtv # 482338, which is available at [SearsPartsDirect | partsdirect.com?sid=MMLxexpertxmerch] . RTV can also be purchased at most any local hardware store. The green residue will probably be mold from the moisture. It will not be freon. If you would like to have a technician check this, you can call 1-800-469-4663 to schedule a tech to come out. Thank you for using Manage My Life.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
March 22nd, 2011
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The freezer is just about totally defrosted. There is moisture on both ends of the black hose. Would it make sense to put duct tape where there's moisture? Any thoughts as tom waht the green residue is? Could it be freon?
Thank you for all your help.
by Manage My Life
March 21st, 2011
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I'm still waiting for the freezer to completely defrost. Water is going into the drain pan and has stopped leaking from the tube that's attached to the side of the compressor. However, water is seeping from underneath the freezer where there's a black hose attached (the other end is the hose I referred to before that's attached to something that looks like it's made of brass ).
Also, I see a pale green residue under the freezer where it previously leaked.
by Manage My Life
March 21st, 2011
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ok. Thands. I'll let you know once it's done.
by Manage My Life
March 21st, 2011
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The drain trap will pull off. It's a tight fit and will push back in place. If the drain tube gets restricted or blocked, the water will back up and try to find other places to drain.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
March 21st, 2011
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There is definitely water now around what I think is the drain trap. Is it the white cap that's right above the drain pan? In an earlier answer Lyle told me not take it off. Since I can't unscrew it , should I just pull it off?
And how do I put it on again so it won't fall off if there are no threads?
Why has water been coming from the tube that's attached to the side of the compressor.
Thank you for your help.
by Manage My Life
March 21st, 2011
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scott d
The plug you are seeing is the drain trap. I'm attaching some pictures and hope they will help you. The first picture has the drain pan (#31A). The second picture shows the drain tube # 32, the screen # 3 and the drain trap # 108. The trap is probably stopped up. You can pull this off and clean it. It should also be put back on after cleaning it. If it's not put on, air can leak up through the drain and cause it to freeze up. I hope this will help you.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
March 21st, 2011
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I just checked.. the freezer is defrosting but the drain pan is dry. It looks like the leak is coming from a tube that's attached to the side of the compressor. It looks like it's made of brass and is attached to a rubber hose. It looks like the leak is from where the rubber and brass meet.
I'm not a technical person but I'm giving the best description I can. Now that I can see a little better, the leak is coming from in front of the compressor.
HELP!
by Manage My Life
March 21st, 2011
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Lyle W
I don't recommend that you try to pull that cap off that you are describing. Your previous questions in this thread concerned a leak at the back of the refrigerator. If you still have that leak, check the drain pan for a crack if possible. Make sure that you have the refrigerator unplugged when accessing the components in that area.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
March 21st, 2011
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I finally was able to empty out the freezer and look at the back. I do see the drain pan but there is a cap covering where the water should drain from. I tried unscrewing it but it didn't come off and I was afraid to pull it off.
Should I pull it off? If yes, should it be put back on after?
Thank you.
by Manage My Life
March 21st, 2011
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Lyle W
It is Key 31A. You should be able to see it through the opening at the bottom back of the freezer. If you unplug the freezer, you can use a flashlight to check it. It is not a component that normally needs to be replaced except when it is cracked or leaking. It may be difficult to get out. If you detect a crack, you may be able to patch the drain pan with epoxy or some other material so that you don't have to replace it. If you need more help, reply with additional details.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
September 13th, 2010
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Thanks for answering, Lyle. It's hard for me to tell which the drain pan is from the diagram. Is it number 29 or 31A? How can I access it?
by Manage My Life
September 13th, 2010
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Lyle W
I am sorry that you did not receive a timely reply. The drain pan (part 5304428401) on this model is attached to the compressor. I provided a parts diagram in the image below. Check the drain pan for a crack. If you need a new drain pan, you can order one from the Sears PartsDirect.com website. I provided a link for the parts website below. I hope this helps. Reply again if you need more help.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
September 13th, 2010
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How much time does it take for an expert to respond? I'm anxious to resolve this problem.
by Manage My Life
August 22nd, 2010
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The bottom is clean and water is leaking from the outside bottom towards the back of the freezer. There is no moisture inside, including the bottom front of it. I looked for the defrost drain (as indicated in the picture in the Owner's Guide), but though I have an upright model, there is no drain plug as shown in the picture on p. 6. I don't see a drain pan.
My model is Kenmore 253.9284212.
by Manage My Life
August 15th, 2010
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scott d
It depends on where it's leaking, if the water is showing up in the front or back of the unit. If the water is in the front, it could be leaking under the door. Check for water on the floor of the freezer. If it has water there, it indicates the drain is frozen.

If the bottom is clean and water is leaking from the back, it could be a leak in the drain pan or water is missing the pan when it drains. A good way to check this will be to, pour some water down the drain and watch how it drains in the back. If you would like more assistance, additional details will be needed.
by scott d Earned 3,139 community points in Kenmore
August 12th, 2010
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Thank you but my freezer doesn't have an ice maker.
by Manage My Life
August 11th, 2010
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I see that someone else asked a similar question. While you are waiting on an expert to answer your question. I found this great link on why freezer sometimes leak. I attached the link below. Hope this helps!
by Manage My Life
August 11th, 2010
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