February 20, 2015

How to replace a freezer LED light board

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a freezer LED light board

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace the LED light board in a freezer. The LED light board holds the LED lights and controls power to the lights, illuminating the freezer interior when you open the door. If the board fails, the lights won't come on. Replace the LED light board with the manufacturer-approved freestanding freezer part.

This procedure works for Kenmore, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Crosley, White-Westinghouse, Gibson and Kelvinator freezers.

Quick links
Tools required
Small slot screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
15 minutes or less
How to replace a freeze LED light board repair guide video.

Replacing a freezer LED light board video.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect the electrical power

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

  2. 02.

    Remove the light lens

    Use a small slot screwdriver to pry the light lens off of the freezer wall.

    PHOTO: Pry off the lens.

    PHOTO: Pry off the lens.

    PHOTO: Remove the lens.

    PHOTO: Remove the lens.

  3. 03.

    Remove the LED light board

    Pry out the light housing locking tabs and release the LED light board from the housing.

    Release the locking tabs on the wire harness plug and disconnect the wires from the LED light board.

    Pull the LED light board out of the freezer.

    PHOTO: Release the LED light board.

    PHOTO: Release the LED light board.

    PHOTO: Disconnect the wires.

    PHOTO: Disconnect the wires.

  4. 04.

    Install the new LED light board

    Plug the wire harness into the new LED light board.

    Snap the new LED light board into the housing.

  5. 05.

    Reinstall the light lens

    Position the light lens over the housing and snap the lens into place.

  6. 06.

    Restore electrical power

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

Symptoms common to all freestanding freezers

Choose a symptom to see related freezer repairs.

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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Time required
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