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Whirlpool Refrigerator Light Not Working

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Refrigerator light not working are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Refrigerator light not working

Cause 1Light Bulb

The light bulb might be out. Replace the light bulb before replacing any of the other parts associated with the light bulb.

Parts
Light Bulb for your WhirlpoolRefrigerator
Light Bulb - Part # 1958 Mfg Part # 8009

40 Watt frosted appliance light bulb.

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Cause 2Door Switch

To determine if the door switch is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the door switch does not have continuity when activated, replace it.

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Parts
Door Switch for your WhirlpoolRefrigerator
Door Switch - Part # 3071 Mfg Part # WP1118894

Refrigerator door switch. This switch activates the refrigerator light when the door is open.

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Cause 3Door Switch

To determine if the door switch is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the door switch does not have continuity when activated, replace it.

Parts
Door Switch for your WhirlpoolRefrigerator
Door Switch - Part # 586519 Mfg Part # WP4387911

3 terminal fan/light door switch

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Cause 4Light Socket

To determine if the light socket is defective, use a multimeter to determine if the socket is getting power. If the socket is getting power, but the light bulb won’t work, this indicates that the light socket is defective. If the light socket is defective, replace it.

Parts
Light Socket for your WhirlpoolRefrigerator
Light Socket - Part # 3139 Mfg Part # 4387478

Light socket kit

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Cause 5Light Socket

To determine if the light socket is defective, use a multimeter to determine if the socket is getting power. If the socket is getting power, but the light bulb won’t work, this indicates that the light socket is defective. If the light socket is defective, replace it.

Parts
Light Socket for your WhirlpoolRefrigerator
Light Socket - Part # 1480809 Mfg Part # WPW10119935
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