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Light stays on

I smelled smoke in the Kenmore Trio, and found the food on the top shelf warm. The lighting unt was melted and it turned out the light was staying on when the door closed. Sears replaced the light unit and both switches, but the problem continues. He said there is nothing more to fix. What is going on here???


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Re: Light stays on

I would replace the unit. This could start a fire.

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If the motor is not running, some voltage checks will need to be made, at the motor and board, to determine which component has failed.
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I just saved my fridge / home too, smelled what I thought to be an electrical fire when I opened the Trio doors, immediately looked at the bulbs as a probable cause, and sure enough, the base of the bulb sockets were burned-brown and the plastic housing was to hot to touch without a hot-mit.
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I'm filing a complaint and service repair today. 8/3/08

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