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Kenmore refregerator lights on/burning even doors are closed

3 years old Kenmore elite french door bottom freezer refrigerator. When I opened the french doors - top door - this morning, I found the inside were warn and noticed specially light bulb area was very hot. After having investigated, I concluded that the internal lights must be "ON" even though the door was closed. There are on/off switch to be pushed in/out with the doors closed/opened, and it seemed this switch did not work ,i.e. even though I pushed both of them manually, the light are still on.

What is the way to fix this problem? Is it easy to fix? Can I fix it by my self?

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If I understand correctly, you have the bottom freezer with the two doors that open into the fresh food section. Also you have to open one of the two doors first in order to get into the fresh food section. If i ma correct. The switch on the door you have to open first to get into the fresh food section is bad. This is why it makes not difference if you hold both in. The switch on the second door does something else. You will need to replace the switch that the first. You can test this switch by, take the switch out. They are tricky to get out. Take a putty knife and slide it under one end of the switch, push in while you are prying outward. It should pop out. There should be three wires going to the switch. One of the wires is hot (110 Volts), one goes to the fan inside the fridge and the other goes to the light. (The switch operates like this. When you close the door, it turns the light off and the fan on. When you open the door, it turns the fan off and the light on.) Once you find out which one is hot, connect one of the others to it. If the fan comes on try connecting the hot to the other wire. The light in the fridge should turn off. If so replace the switch. I hope you can understand the way I tried to explain.
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