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Rocker switch that controls inside light doesn't make contact properly..light won't come on...if I manually depress and release the switch the light works...what should I do?

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  • Dave Jan 07, 2009

    How do you take out the rocker switch? Do you pry it out with a screwdriver?


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Yake out the switch ( power off) and clean it as far as you can. otherwise order a new one at sears and install it. Easy fix

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Does the switch turn off the lights? If the doors are not installed correctly the switch wont work properly. Check the switch first to make sure that be depressing switch the will shut off lights, if this does work, check the doors as they make contact with switch. It is possible your door are too low to make contact with switch, I have seen this happen on GE units as the door dropped out of alignment of the switch contact.

Good Luck, hope this helps

Oct 31, 2013 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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Light won't turn off - very hot and heating up

HI. This is the direct result of a failed door switch. This switch controls the actual evaporator fan, as well. This dysfunctional switch must be replaced, asap. This replacement will correct your issues. The switch will generally be loctaed or mounted near the door jamb or recessed near the the door and unit structure intersecting areas or closing points. Once extracted, it can be tested for proper functionality with a ohm/multimeter.

Sep 22, 2011 | Kenmore 24.8 cu. ft. TRIO Bottom Freezer...

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I have the bottom freezer w/2 doors up top....light inside will not go off and has started to melt some of the plastic pieces. How do you remove the light bulbs so the darn thing doesn't burn...

There should be a light switch inside each compartment, depress them with the door open one at a time, locate the bad switch and disconnect it. You can remove the bulbs too. Most of the problems with bottom freezer are the door, they seem to not get closed properly and they get heavily frosted, once frosted they seem not to close correctly and cause the lights to remain on.
I would look for the problem with the door closing or the door switch failing.

Aug 28, 2011 | Kenmore 73502 / 73504 / 73509 Bottom...

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It's a Kenmore Model 106-56712500 , can't shut off alarm after changing filter, and now won't make ice or dispense water! How do I do a proper re-set code?

The 106.xxxxoooo Models are made by Whirlpool.
  • Whirlpool and KitchenAid - press the light switch 5 times within 10 seconds.
  • NOTE: If the fridge has a filter button, press and hold it for 5-10 seconds.

  • Changing the water filter should not cause the water and ice in door to not work. The actual freezer door switch will cause this problem. When the door is open ice and water in door are disabled. The door switch is a 3 contact switch. One contact is common, one turns the light on / off and one disables / enables ice and water in door. Manually depressing the door switch in the door fold hinge area should enable the water in door function. Do NOT test the ice function. If after you depress the light / door switch the light does not go out and the water in door does not work then the door switch has failed. The door switch is released from the cabinet by sliding either a putty knife or a knife blade along one side to unlock the locking tab. If the switch only has 2 terminals you have removed the wrong door switch. Check the other door.

    If your refrigerator has the wiring harness on the bottom of the door hinge there is the possibility that during the water filter change the connection of the door wiring connectors was loosened or broken. Just check to make sure that there is not a harness on the bottom of the door hinge. If there is a harness on the bottom of the door hinge make sure the connectors are connected.

    If you need more assistance just respond here and I will gladly help you.

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    Jan 11, 2011 | Kenmore Refrigerators

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    Hi, i've a side by side refrigerator,the trouble now is that it's not producing ice-blocks nor cool drinking water anymore.I have changed the main control board for the 3 time now,yet after some months the...

    Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly.
    This sounds as if the freeaer door switch has failed. The coomon failure of no ice and no water is telling you that there most likely is a problem in either the door switch or the door switch wiring. The switch also control the freezer light. Open the freezer door, depress the door switch and check to see if the light goes out. If the light stays on for sure the switch is bad. The ice maker and water dispenser will not work when the light is on. I spent quite a bit of time trying to locate a source for a door switch without much luck. (Finding appliance parts in Europe never is easy on line.)

    I am going to include a US link that will only be used as a rer. for what the switch looks like:
    This is a rocker type switch.
    There are also plunger type switches depending on model. They both have the 3 terminals in common.

    To remove the switch you slide a thin bladed knife or putty knife along the lon side of the switch to release the lock tab. You have a 50 - 50 chance of picking the side with the lock tab as there is only one lock tab on the switch. One the tab is released the switch and wires should pull out of the freezer cabinet liner.

    If your good with a meter... you can read out the switch (power off)
    There is one common terminal.
    the other 2 terminals 1 powers the light (door open / plunger / rocker extended)
    the remaining terminal powers the ice maker and water in door (door closed / plunger / rocker depressed)

    This should be done by a qualified electrician or someone that knows full well the dangers of working on live power circuits.
    Being very careful... if you look on the switch one of the terminals will have a "C" for common. If you find the 2nd wire that when removed turns off the light... mark it as light. It should connected to the NO (normally open) terminal of the switch
    Jumpering the NC and the C wires together should allow the water in door to work as a TEST ONLY
    If you can jumper NC and C together and the water in door works you need a new door switch.

    If after you check / replace the door switch and you still have the problem then we are looking at a freezer door wiring problem. (very rare unless there is damage in the hinge cap area)

    Thanks for choosing FixYa,

    Nov 22, 2010 | Whirlpool 25.6 cu. ft. Side-by-Side...

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    The light in my 1997 model year refrigerator does not come on when door is opened on refrig side . I changed the bulb but to no avail. What else should i do?

    There is a switch that controls the light it is located in the door jamb. Open the door and there will be a button or rocker style switch that will be visable. If you can push it in and it pops back out when you release it the switch is bad. Sometimes they get jambed and will not pop out or there contacts are bad and they will pop out but do not make a connection. Remember there is 110 volts to this switchso if you replace it unplug the refrigerator. The switch can be popped out with a flat blade screw driver. Order a new switch first.

    Aug 08, 2010 | GE Refrigerators

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    Door sensor is not working, inside light stays on

    This may be a simple switch with corroded contacts. Try this:
    Locate the button that controls the light and depress it fully, then let it fly out, snapping it several times to see if it will clean itself up.
    If not, it will have to be replaced and this with varying degrees of difficulty depending on how it is mounted.
    Since it is a Sears brand appliance, go to the Sears parts department on line and enter your model number. Nearly all Sears/Kenmore appliances will be listed (among with many other brands) and there will be an exploded line drawing of the device that will help you locate what must be removed for this replacement. You can also order that part while you are there if you decide to replace it yourself.

    Feb 16, 2010 | Kenmore Elite 22.4 cu. ft. Bottom Freezer...

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    Changed light bulb still not working. Top bulb refrig side

    There is a switch for the door that is depressed when the door closes. If the switch has failed the light will not work at all. You can unplug the unit and gently pop the switch out usually with a knife blade by depressing the plastic release tab (If you can find them) and then pull it out. Remove the two wires from the switch and mate them as best you can so they make contact and will not ground to anything. Plug in the unit and see if the light works. If the light comes on the switch is bad. Unplug the unit and reinstall the slight switch.

    If you still don't have a light there is a possibility of the light socket being defective or a wiring problem in the chassis.

    Feb 05, 2010 | Whirlpool Gold White-on-White 21.9 cu. ft....

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    The ice maker is not making ice

    I assume "light flashing inside@the switch" means the inside light turns on when you open the door, and goes off when you close the door, or depress the switch manually.

    Sounds like the fill valve has failed at the bottom back of the refrigerator.

    Reply back your findings if that is not it and I will give you more suggestions.

    Jan 20, 2009 | KitchenAid Superba Architect KSCS25INSS...

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    Ice maker does not make ice and the in-door water is not working properly - it keeps running.

    the water in the door problem after you fill up your cup with water it keeps running all over the floor.. it sounds like its a stuck contact on a micro switch inside the door compartment. that lever you are pushing your glass onto is atached to a little switch and if the contacts stay closed (like when a glass is pushing on it) the machine thinks "hey he still wants water". next time it does that try pushing on the spot you put the glass onto a couple of time to see if it stops the water. if so it most likely is the switch. to confirm that is the case you will have to open the plastic moulding from the fridge door to gain access to the switch.( always unplug any electricall device before openning to ensure your hair doesnt end up standing striaght up like a punk rocker) you will know which switch is the one you want to check by depressing the water lever on the front. Ohm check the switch for continuity to see if it gives you proper readings or it is in fact a bunk switch. it also could be a mechanical problem as the lever once unpressed is not opening the switch back up once the glass is removed but that is not as likely unless you are ramming the glass into the water dispensor
    hope it helps

    Apr 23, 2008 | Refrigerators

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