February 20, 2015

How to replace a freezer door switch

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a freezer door switch

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace a door switch in freezer. The door switch turns the light on when you open the door and activates the door alarm if the door is open too long. If the freezer lights aren't working or if the door alarm doesn't sound when it should, replace the door switch with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use these steps to replace the door switch in Kenmore, Frigidaire, Gibson, Crosley, White-Westinghouse, and Electrolux upright freezers.

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Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
How to replace an upright freezer door switch repair guide video.

Replacing a freezer door switch video.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect the electrical power

    Unplug the freezer or shut off the circuit breaker for the freezer.

  2. 02.

    Remove the front grille

    Remove the screws holding the grille at the base of the freezer and pull the grille off.

    PHOTO: Remove the grille screws.

    PHOTO: Remove the grille screws.

    PHOTO: Remove the grille.

    PHOTO: Remove the grille.

  3. 03.

    Remove the door switch

    Reach under the freezer and push the left side of the door switch out.

    Squeeze the locking tab on the right side of the door switch and pry the door switch out of the cabinet.

    Disconnect the wires and remove the door switch.

    PHOTO: Pry out the door switch.

    PHOTO: Pry out the door switch.

    PHOTO: Pull off the door switch wires.

    PHOTO: Pull off the door switch wires.

  4. 04.

    Install the new door switch

    Connect the wires to the new door switch. 

    Push the new door switch into the cabinet and snap it into place.

    PHOTO: Connect the door switch wires.

    PHOTO: Connect the door switch wires.

  5. 05.

    Reinstall the grille

    Place the grille on the base of the freezer and reinstall the mounting screws.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the grille.

    PHOTO: Reinstall the grille.

  6. 06.

    Restore electrical power

    Plug in the freezer or turn on the house circuit breaker to restore power.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Symptoms common to all freestanding freezers

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Main causes: burned out light bulb, bad door or lid switch, faulty LED light board, wiring failure, control system failure
Main causes: lack of power, bad compressor, refrigerant leak, bad thermistor, defrost system failure, dirty condenser coils, control failure
Main causes: leaky door or lid gasket, broken defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal thermostat, defrost control failure, faulty compressor
Main causes: compressor failure, no refrigerant, faulty sensor, control failure, broken defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal thermostat
Main causes: excessive frost, bad defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal, control system failure, low refrigerant charge, compressor problems
Main causes: damaged door or lid gasket, cracked cabinet liner, bad defrost bi-metal thermostat, broken defrost heater, bad defrost timer
Main causes: lack of power, control system failure, broken compressor start relay, locked up compressor, compressor motor failure
Main causes: dirty condenser coils, condenser fan failure, dirty bottom front grill, leaky door or lid gasket

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