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Hi my fridge is not working properly. Specifically, the door switch which operates the lights has burn out and needs replacing. Whilst I have a replacement unit on order, how do I keep the fan operational? Thanks david Whirpool fridge info, SR-DS04, SSD-6D 9824 C

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