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There are 2 light bulbs inside the refrigerator. When I close the door they stay light. I can feel the heat when I open the door.

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The door lights are controled by a limit switch which is located on the door. This switch can be also pressed with your hand while the door is open so you can check if the switch work or not, just keep it press and see if the light goes off.
You should also know that around the door frame internaly their is a heating element which keep the door frame shlightly warm in order to avoid the creation of ice and thus the door will stuck so check if this the heat you are feeling.
Good luck

Posted on Jun 06, 2010

  • jlouer Jun 06, 2010

    I tried pushing the button. The light stays on. Should it go off immediatly or is there a delay? It is a double door Kenmore fridge and it is definetly the light bulbs staying on that cause the heat. I tried all combos with both doors - lights stay on

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    espressonist Jun 06, 2010

    Their is no delay, light should go off at once. So you need to replace the door limit switch since from moisture and long time use the contact stuck and stay always on. This is a delicate jop and need to take care not to damage the fridge frame. Also you need to remove completly the electrical socket so their is not electricity while you are working on switch.

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