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Unit on light

The Unit on light stays on now even when the unit is off. It has always had one of the hot surface lights dimly on when it is not hot. This problem just started. Thanks for your help!

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You have a bad switch. You can check each switch for voltage going to the light one at a time, if your comfortable with that. Remember there is enough current there to seriously injure you so if your not comfortable around electricity, call in a service technician.

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