How to Replace a Refrigerator Light

Jerry's Appliance
August 6, 2019
Refrigerator Repair

When it comes to a refrigerator repair, a refrigerator light going out is about as best you could hope for. It is not a complex fix compared to the other problems that could manifest. However, while the light bulb might go out and need to be replaced if you change out the bulb and find out that the light still is not working, there is a lot more that could be the cause.

This only applies to traditional light bulbs and not LED, which can vary by model.

If you replaced the light bulb in the refrigerator and the light is still not coming on, there are two parts that you should check next – the light socket and the light switch. With the refrigerator unplugged, you should check the light socket first for continuity with a multimeter as well as do a visual check to make sure the terminals are not damaged. If the socket does turn out to be faulty, you can usually pop it out of the refrigerator via releasing the locking tab around its edge. The wire harness can then be removed and a new one can be installed.

If the light socket checks out, it may be the case of a faulty door switch that is responsible for turning the light on and off. You should first check to make sure it isn’t dirty and sticking in the off position. If it appears to be broken and needs replacement, you simply need to either pry it out or remove the control box and then remove the switch depending on your model of refrigerator. The wires can be released and a new one can be installed.

While repairing a refrigerator light no matter what is wrong with it is a rather easy repair, there are a lot of appliance repairs that are not so easy. If you aren’t comfortable attempting them yourself, contact us today to see what Jerry’s Appliance Repair can do to help.


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