January 20, 2013

How to replace a range hood light socket

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range hood light socket

This DIY repair guide explains how to replace a light socket in a range hood. The light socket connects the light bulb to electrical power. If the light won't turn on, first replace the light bulb. If the light still doesn't work, replace the worn or broken light socket with the manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use these basic steps to replace a light socket in common Kenmore, Broan, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Frigidaire and Electrolux range hoods.

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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

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Disconnect electrical power

    Shut off the house circuit breaker to disconnect electrical power to the range hood.

  2. 02.

    Remove the filters and the bottom panel

    Pull the latch tabs to release the air filters and pull both filters out of the range hood.

    Remove the screws that secure the bottom panel to the range hood frame and pull the bottom panel out of the range hood.

    Warning: Support the bottom panel with your hand when removing the final screw to prevent the bottom panel from falling on the cooktop.
    Remove the filters.

    Remove the filters.

    Remove the bottom panel screws.

    Remove the bottom panel screws.

    Remove the bottom panel.

    Remove the bottom panel.

  3. 03.

    Remove the side panel

    Unplug the wire harness connectors for the light sockets on the side panel.

    Pull the front of the side panel inward to release the locking tab and then remove the side panel.

    Pull the side panel inward to release it.

    Pull the side panel inward to release it.

    Remove the bottom side panel.

    Remove the bottom side panel.

    Disconnect the light wires.

    Disconnect the light wires.

  4. 04.

    Remove the light socket

    Grip the bottom of the light socket and turn it to the right to release the locking tabs that hold the light socket in the side panel.

    Pull the light socket out of the side panel and discard it.

    Release the socket from the panel.

    Release the socket from the panel.

    Remove the light socket.

    Remove the light socket.

  5. 05.

    Install the new light socket

    Line up the locking tabs and push the new light socket into the side panel.

    Rotate the light socket to the left to lock it into place in the side panel.

  6. 06.

    Reassemble the range hood

    Reinstall the side panels. Push the back end of the side panels into the frame slots and slide the front end of the side panels outward to snap them into the front brackets.

    Plug the wire harness connectors for the light sockets back in.

    Slide the bottom panel into place. Secure the bottom panel with the mounting screws.

    Reinstall the air filters.

  7. 07.

    Restore the electrical power

    Reset the house circuit breaker to restore electrical power to the range hood.

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 range hoods

Choose a symptom to see related range hood repairs.

Main causes: loose mounting screws, bad fan motor, damaged fan blade, worn fan motor bearings
Main causes: clogged air filters, air duct problems, fan motor failure, broken fan blade
Main causes: sentry feature trips due to high cooktop temperature, bad temperature sensor, electronic control board failure
Main causes: bad light bulb, broken light switch, bad electronic control, user interface control failure, bad light socket, wiring failure
Main causes: bad fan switch, electronic control board failure, faulty user interface control, wiring failure
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad electronic control board, faulty user interface, fan and light switch failure, wiring problems
Main causes: electronic control board failure, bad user interface control, light and fan switch failures, wiring failure

Repair guides common to all range hoods

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your range hood.

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Repair difficulty
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The electronic control board activates the fan and lights in the range hood. If the electronic control board is defective, replace it using the detailed steps in this repair guide.

Repair difficulty
Time required
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By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range hood light socket

When you replace a light bulb and it still won’t work, the socket is likely defective. Use the detailed steps in this repair guide that show you how to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

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