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The light bulb burnt out. It is located in the center of the fridge between the two doors. I'm not sure how to remove the bulb in order to replace it.

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  • info59243 Nov 13, 2009

    Thank you! I got the bulb replaced, however the new light only flickers dimly. Any idea on what might be causing that problem?

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Unplug the cooler to avoid a shock. Try pulling bulb up and then out from bottom. The bulb should be resting in spring loaded receptacles.

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    Northeast Cooling LLC Nov 14, 2009

    Check for a starter somewhere in unit. It may be bad. They look like a small aluminum cylinder. You twist them to remove. It's either that or a bad ballast.

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