4 Reasons The Light In Your Refrigerator Or Freezer May Not Be Working

It can be annoying to have to look around in the dark for your food. When your fridge or freezer is literally leaving you in the dark every time you open up your fridge, and the light bulb is not burned out, here are the next four things you need to check on your fridge or freezer so you can get it shining again.

#1 Light Board

The light on your fridge is connected to a light board. To get to the light board, you will need to unscrew the cover on your light and remove it. On the backside of the cover should be a light board. Light boards are typically long and rectangular. Take a voltmeter and make sure that electricity is being sent to the light board. If you do not get a voltage reading off of the light board, you may need to install a new light board. The light board is what provides your lights with the power they need to operate.

#2 Light Socket

The next part of your refrigerator you need to check out is the actual light socket. The light socket is the metal part that you screw the light bulb into. The light socket should be receiving power from the light board.

Pull out your multimeter and put the probes next to the light socket and see if you get any power reading. The voltage reading should not be that high; however, it should be present. If you don't get any voltage reading on your multimeter, that means the light socket needs to be replaced in order for your light to work again.

#3 Door Switch

The light in most fridges turns on automatically when the door is open because it is connected to the door switch that turns on the light. If this switch has become inactive, your refrigerator light will not turn on when you open up the refrigerator door. To test out the door switch, you would need to use a multimeter and test for continuity. If it has it, then the door switch is fine; however, if the reading is negative, then the door switch would need to be replaced.

#4 Manual Switch

Many light bulbs inside of refrigerators also have a manual switch. Just like the door switch, a simple test for continuity with a multimeter is all that is needed to determine if this switch is working correctly or not. When this switch becomes defective, it can affect the entire refrigerator light assembly and cause it to not work properly.

Once you figure out why your refrigerator light is not working properly, it is simply a matter of replacing the appropriate part to get the light going again so you can see your food no matter what time of day you want to eat. If other issues seem to be occurring that prevent you from actually using the appliance, call a company like Oliver Dyer's Appliance and learn about new options.