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Lights will not go out when I close Kenmore elite refrigerator

I have a three year old Kenmore elite refrigerator with double doors and the lights will not go out when I close the doors. The lights get very hot so I unscrewed them.
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It sounds like the doors need adjusted so that when they close , the hit the light switch . Try loosening the top hinge screws , and even up the doors by the side view of the refrig . Re tighten the screws , and check to see if the lights go off . May have to try several times , to get it properly adjusted .

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Sounds like the light switch is stuck closed...

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Hello John, the door switch is stuck in the on position. It may be possible to lubricate it with a squirt of PAM cooking spray, or it may have to be replaced.

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