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So far I have replaced the light bulb and the door switch. I pulled the socket out and the socket

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Old 06-10-2011, 03:06 PM
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So far I have replaced the light bulb and the door switch. I pulled the socket out and the socket itself looks fine as do the connections to the socket. The wirers connected to the door switch also look fine. I have tested the light bulb in another lamp and it too works fine.

What’s my next step?


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Old 06-11-2011, 05:23 AM
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Take a close look at the socket perhaps the center connector at the bottom of the socket is too low.
Unplug the refridgerator and try to bend that connection up.
Also check the side connections.
Be very careful as they break easily.
Note: I am not sure that the above applies to this socket.

If this does nothing or is not possible.
You will have to measure the voltage across the socket to see if it is getting 120 volts with the door open,.
Be very careful as you do not want to cause a short.

If you have 120 then replace the socket.

If you do not have 120 then unplug the unit and check the door switch and the wiring for continuity with a meter.
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Take a close look at the socket perhaps the center connector at the bottom of the socket is too low. Unplug the refridgerator and try to bend that connection up.
Also check the side connections.
Be very careful as they break easily.
Note: I am not sure that the above applies to this socket.
You Sir, are a genius. I did just this and the light is working again!

Thanks so much!
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:21 PM
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You are welcome

Am definitely not a genius but it is nice to know I do not have my head up my you know what today.

And thanks for getting back to us. Now when others search for a similar problem they will see what actually worked instead of just suggestions about what could be the cause.
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Take a close look at the socket perhaps the center connector at the bottom of the socket is too low.
Unplug the refridgerator and try to bend that connection up.
Also check the side connections.
Be very careful as they break easily.
I know this is old, but I just had to chime in here. This thread came up when I searched google for a fix to my fridge. Same model and problem as the OP and I gave this a try. It worked! I can't believe it was such a simple fix.

Thank you so much for posting this up Denman.
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Default Fixed Fridgadaire also

This was the same problem for my Fridgadaire also. Great tip!
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My whirlpool GS6SHEXNS00 freezer lights don't work and it has two light bulbs both are fine.

I followed the suggestion to bend the bottom connection and both lights go back to normal.

Here is the strange thing,

1> I didn't bend the top light how it can fix itself?

2> Is it possible that by disconnecting the power resets some controls and make the lights on freezer back to normal?

Thank you
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g0987

Sorry but I cannot explain what happened here.
I did look at the wiring diagram and the freezer lights are just controlled by the door switch so the boards should not effect it.
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Thank you for your response.

I shut down the machine and re-connect and the light is back to normal. It may be caused by other things.

Thank you very much for your time and kindness.
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Smile Refrigerator light works now.

Thank u Denman. We bent the contact plate inside the socket and changed the 15-watt bulbs. For some reason, the previous bulbs tested out fine, but the new ones made some mysterious difference. Thank you. I like this site.
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