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Hello, For the subzero 690 with the square door switches, is the light switch and the fan switch exactly the same. I am replacing my light switch and purchased 2 new light switches. I'm wondering if I can use one of them to replace the fan switch since I am already opening up the top of the door to replace the light switch. Or do I have to purchase the fan switch also.

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Dear margidaniel,

The light switch and fan switch are two different components. The light switch allows electricity to flow to the lights when the door is open. The fan switch allows electricity to flow to the fan when the door is closed.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this or any other issue, please contact us directly. You can contact us via phone Mon-Fri. 8:00-5:00 CST at 800-222-7820. We can be reached via email at [email protected]


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