Replacing a Refrigerator Light

A broken refrigerator light isn’t typically a top priority to have repaired. The only thing it really does is put a damper on any midnight snacking activities. However, you like to keep your appliances in good repair, as many do, repairing a refrigerator light isn’t very hard, but can be caused by different issues.

The issue that should always be checked first is the light bulb itself. If the bulb has burnt out, you really lucked out. All that is needed is a new replacement bulb for your brand of refrigerator. However, if that hasn’t worked, then there are two other potential culprits, these include:

  • The Light Socket
  • The Door Switch

If the bulb is not responsible, you should look to the socket itself. If you notice any discoloration caused by heat damage, it may affect the bulb’s ability to make a connection. Test the socket with a multimeter. However, if you need to inspect the socket any closer or replace it, turn the power off first. It is a live voltage circuit and may give you a nasty shock if proper precautions aren’t taken.

If the light socket has checked out, you next should look to the door switch. This part is responsible for turning the light on and off when the door opens and closes. However, if it malfunctions, it will cease to trigger properly. If your refrigerator light actually does come on sometimes, this is definitely the cause. To replace this part, you will need to remove the interior plastic liner, which can be tricky to do and needs to be done. carefully so as to not damage it

In truth, if you made a wrong decision to replace the light socket when the door switch was really responsible, it is not the end of the world. Both parts are relatively cheap to buy and both repairs are relatively easy to do.