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Re: Kenmore refrigerator light does not work
There is a tab in the bottom of the light socket that can get bent so that it wont touch the base of the new bulb. unplug your refrig and use a small screw driver and bend the tab back out a little bit so that it will contact the new bulb...
Thank you to the suggestion of pulling out the tabs at the bottom of the sockets, some strange reason all my lights went out, i put in all new lights and nothing-pulled out the tabs on each one and they work fine
I had same issue, replaced with known good bulbs, no luck...bought and installed new switch, no luck (old one was fine)...starting to worry about some board going bad, as the fridge is 21 yrs old. Read on here about the "tab" and pulling it up some. I thought, that's too simple, but IT WORKED!! Should had tried that before I bought the $20 switch. Always leaning..thanks to those who suggested the tab. Bob R, Georgetown, TX
I had this same problem with my 15 year old Kenmore that we have in our garage. I replaced the applicance bulb but it didn't work. We had a reset button that needed pushed on another outlet in our garage. I noticed it the little red light was lit on that outlet. Evidently it also controlled the outlet on the other side of the garage the fridge was plugged in to. Worked immediately after pressing reset.
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Did you check the bulb? Those filaments do wear out and open necessitating the installation of another smaller appliance bulb. If a new working bulb also does not work, confirm that the socket is receiving power from the light switch you replaced..
Unplug the refrigerator. For the refrigerator, unscrew the old bulb or bulbs and screw in a new appliance bulb of equal or lower wattage. For the freezer compartment, if a lamp is present, squeeze the top and bottom of the cover together then unscrew the bulb. Then screw in a new appliance bulb of the same wattage and replace the cover.
Note the appliance bulb is an incandescent bulb and may be hot.
Most likely, you never notice the light bulb in your freezer or refrigerator until it is not working. Then it is time to replace the bulb. This is especially important with freezers, which are often in areas with poorer lighting, like basements or garages. Fortunately, the task is a simple one. Instructions
1 Unplug the freezer to prevent an accidental shock when you remove the light bulb.
2 Open the door of the freezer, look at the top inside edge of the freezer, below the door seal and back about 1 to 2 inches from the edge. You will see a small plastic or metal panel that protects the bulb from damage and shields your eyes from the direct light of the bulb when the door is opened. Reach behind the guard and remove the bulb by twisting it to the left.
3 Put your new bulb in by inserting it into the socket and twisting it to the right to screw it in. Be sure you use a freezer bulb--it is built a little tougher and is the correct wattage. You can find them at appliance or hardware stores. Plug the freezer back in to test operation of the bulb.
Unplug the Whirlpool refrigerator from the electrical outlet. Step 2 Locate the bulb on the inside of the Whirlpool refrigerator. Step 3 Remove the light cover. Usually these just snap off, but, on some models, they may need to be unscrewed. Use your screwdriver to unscrew the light cover retaining screws (if required). Step 4 Unscrew the old light bulb. Step 5 Screw in the new light bulb. Step 6 Replace the light cover. Plug the Whirlpool refrigerator back in. Test your new light bulb. Also note that the below can also work
Unplug refrigerator or disconnect power. Slide the light bulb cover toward the back of the compartment to release it from the light assembly. Replace burned-out bulb(s) with appliance light bulb(s) no greater than 40 watts. Replace the light bulb cover by inserting the tabs on the cover into the liner holes on each side of light assembly. Slide the cover toward the front until it locks into place.
NOTE: Do not force the cover beyond its locking point; doing so may damage the light cover. Plug in refrigerator or reconnect power. To change the freezer light bulb:
Unplug refrigerator or disconnect power.
NOTE: You may need to remove the upper freezer shelf or basket to access the light assembly. The light bulb cover opens from the back. Firmly press forward on the notches in the back of the cover and pull down the cover.
Remove the cover and replace the burned-out bulb with an appliance bulb no greater than 40 watts. Insert the front tabs of the cover into the liner and snap the back portion of the cover over the light assembly. Plug in refrigerator or reconnect power.