Question about Kenmore 51840 Kitchen Hood
Kenmore model 233.52052002. The bright light works but the dimmer (lower intensity) does not. The hood has 2 bulbs and I tested both - they're ok. It seems to be something electrical within the hood, because when I which to dim (lower light), it simply goes dark. ???? Thank you.
You are using incandescent bulbs because most dimmer will not work with Fluorescent otherwise sound like a bad switch, if it new return it. They are fairly easy to replace. Hope this Helps Paul
Posted on Jun 19, 2009
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I cannot find a specific troubleshoot manual for Lutron dimmers
So I suggest 4 things:
1) Feel the dimmer switch for heat >>> if it is getting hot (not warm), then that dimmer is dangerous, so remove dimmer immediately, add up your total bulb wattage to make sure you're below the 600 or 1000 watt capacity of you model dimmer
2) Look at the list of manuals shown at link, and make sure your dimmer matches the type of bulb you are using. Your dimmer model number and wattage should be printed on side or back of dimmer.
3) These dimmers use electronics to control the lights. Electronics go bad. The higher the wattage controlled by your dimmer, the more heat, and the shorter the dimmer life.
4) Short in the wires. Replace your dimmer with one from Home Depot and see if the condition persists. If it does, then a short is probably somewhere in that circuit. Troubleshooting a short is another long answer that needs more wiring detail ... please repost if you have a short.
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