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I have an Elite french door model 795.777 in which the light for the refrigerator section will operate intermittently when one door or the other is opened. It does not matter which door is opened, and sometimes you can have it open and the light will suddenly blink on even though the door has been open 30 seconds. i looked at the switches on the top, they are at least clean and dry. I hesitate to think that the problem is the bulb since there are two. Any ideas?

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On your refrig the control board on the back has relays that turn the interior lights off and on. since you stated the door switches are dry and not sticking i think the relay for the lights has gone bad. you can use sears.com to obtain a part number for the circuit board and replace it yourself. the board is replaced wire for wire and if you can use a screw driver you can replace it yourself..

Posted on Oct 10, 2010

Testimonial: "Thank you, sir. I am leery of these control boards and their short lives. Nonetheless, i made an investment in this machine and will buy a new one. "

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  • imconz May 15, 2011

    Hi, I have this exact same refrigerator with the exact same problem. I knew Ihad a bad relay; but, since finding good technical data for an appliance is almost impossible, didn't know where it could be. My refrigerator is in a very tight place so I haven't looked behind it. Am I to understand that the entire board must be replaced or is it possible to replace just the relay?

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    peyton thompson May 15, 2011

    replacing the entire board is what i recommend.

  • peyton thompson
    peyton thompson May 15, 2011

    one thing I just thought about you may check with Sears there was a technical recall on some models of these refrigerators that covered the replacement of the control board. also to be safe until the board is replaced remove the light bulbs from the unit to prevent damage to the liners due to heat from the bulbs..

    thx Peyton

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