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Kenmore refrigerator light does not work

I replaced the appliance light bulb in our Kenmore refrigerator
and two new bulbs won't light up. Is there a fuse for this?
Or do you have any ideas why?
It is a older Kenmore Coldspot model 86793810

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  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2008

    I replaced the light bulbs, but the lights don't go on in the fridge. Is there a fuse or something that needs to be replaced? The light in the freezer part works.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2008

    I had the same problem but put in a regular 40 Watt light bulb and it works just fine. I noticed the end of the bulb on a regular bulb had a longer connection point. Try a regular bulb and see if it works.

  • timennor Apr 28, 2008

    I don't have the same problem (not yet, anyway): I can't get the plastic cover off the light bulb unit on my (much) older Kenmore UPRIGHT FREEZER!

    I know it's probably a simple task to remove the cover, but I can't figure out how to get to the light bulb.

    Please, somebody help!

  • sreynolds Jul 04, 2008

    I replaced the bulb in my Kenmore several times and it still does not work. Is there a fuse?

  • Anonymous Mar 08, 2009

    I was cleaning my refridgerator and I touched the bulb with the cleaning cloth and it shattered. I put a new blub in and it would not work. Tested the bulb in another source and it worked. I tested the socket it had power. Found that the little tab in the bottom of the socket needed to be pulled out a fraction of an inch to touch the bulb. all fixed.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2009

    Opened door of Kenmore fridge and light went out. Replaced both bulbs and...nothing. Fridge is plugged in and cold. Must be a fuse somewhere, or bad switch.

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    robnition Aug 09, 2012

    Thank you, thank you, thank you....was about to replace switch - this advice saved me an hour of my life! :)

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    How do I replace the light bulb in the refrigerator?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    need width for Kenmore refrigerator model 253.56512400

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Sears Kenmore model 106 59432800

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    I have a sears Kenmore refrigerator model 106 59432800 serial number HKW2362734. The bulb has been replaced and I pulled the tab out a little where the bulb goes in. Please help

  • Eddie DeMars
    Eddie DeMars Apr 22, 2014

    Adjusted the socket shell connectors that touch the light bulb base touches. Creates a neutral connection..Works fine

  • Eddie DeMars
    Eddie DeMars Apr 22, 2014

    Try adjusting the shell connectors that the bulb touches. Be-sure to unplug the fridge from the wall socket first.It will create the natural current that is needed.In order for the light to work....



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There is a tab in the bottom of the light socket that can get bent so that it wont touch the base of the new bulb. unplug your refrig and use a small screw driver and bend the tab back out a little bit so that it will contact the new bulb...

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  • Ryan W Dec 04, 2011

    I just did this for my kenmore elite trio fridge, had the exact same problem, bulb went out, replaced, but did not work, I just bent that tab and wa la! it works now!! Thanks so much!

  • Alexm21 Jan 08, 2012

    I was about to call an expert for this. Thank you you saved me big time. It really works and is something simple :())

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    rwhitten299 Apr 06, 2013

    Awesome! Thanks for the suggestion, worked like a charm!

  • bfish605
    bfish605 Jul 15, 2013

    Thanks, that was all I needed to do!

  • Roni Bryant
    Roni Bryant Mar 28, 2014

    YESSSSSS!!!!!!! THANK YOU, it worked perfectly!!!


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Thanks got a new bulb for my fridge put it in and not working . then searched google came across this bent the bottem pin and now light works again thanks guys.

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Thank you to the suggestion of pulling out the tabs at the bottom of the sockets, some strange reason all my lights went out, i put in all new lights and nothing-pulled out the tabs on each one and they work fine

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I also replaced the light switch and was getting ready to replace the socket when I saw the post to bend the tab in the socket out. Tried that and it worked!

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I had same issue, replaced with known good bulbs, no luck...bought and installed new switch, no luck (old one was fine)...starting to worry about some board going bad, as the fridge is 21 yrs old. Read on here about the "tab" and pulling it up some. I thought, that's too simple, but IT WORKED!! Should had tried that before I bought the $20 switch. Always leaning..thanks to those who suggested the tab. Bob R, Georgetown, TX

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Tried this on my old 1970s sears coldspot and it worked!! Woohoo!

Posted on Jun 13, 2015

I am having a problem with my functions okay, but theres no light when i am open the ref.. before it does... whats wrong with it??? anyone help me what to do???

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