Freestanding Freezer: Interior lights don't work

If your interior lights don't turn on when you open the freezer door and you already replaced the light bulb, then the door or lid switch may have failed. Unplug the freezer and test the door switch with a multimeter. Replace the door switch if it failed.<p>Some freezers use LED's to light the interior compartment. If an LED light board doesn't light up when activated, replace the light board.

Faulty lighting system wiring also prevents interior lights from working. Replace or repair any damaged wiring in the lighting system.

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These repairs may help solve your freestanding freezer problem

Replace the freezer LED light board

Replace the freezer LED light board

The LED light board houses the LED light bulb(s). The electronic circuit board on the LED light board controls voltage going to the light bulb(s). You may see a burn mark on the electronic circuit board when it's defective. Replace the LED light board if it doesn't light up when activated.

February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a freezer LED light board

If your freezer lights won't come on when you open the door, the LED light board might be broken. This step-by-step repair guide and video explain how to replace a freezer LED light board in 15 minutes or less.

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Time required
 15 minutes or less
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Replace the freezer door switch

Replace the freezer door switch

The door switch turns the interior freezer lighting on and off and monitors door position. The interior lighting won't turn on if the door switch doesn't detect door opening. The door alarm activates constantly if the door switch doesn't detect door closing. Replace the door switch if it doesn't detect door position properly.

February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a freezer door switch

When the freezer light won't come on when you open the door, the door switch could be to blame. This DIY repair guide and video show how to replace a freezer door switch in less than 15 minutes.

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Time required
 15 minutes or less
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Symptoms common to all freestanding freezers

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Main causes: lack of power, control system failure, broken compressor start relay, locked up compressor, compressor motor failure
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: 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: compressor failure, no refrigerant, faulty sensor, control failure, broken defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal thermostat
Main causes: dirty condenser coils, condenser fan failure, dirty bottom front grill, leaky door or lid gasket
Main causes: leaky door or lid gasket, broken defrost heater, bad defrost bi-metal thermostat, defrost control failure, faulty compressor
Articles and videos common to all freestanding freezers

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your freezer.

March 2, 2015
How to defrost a freestanding freezer
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to safely defrost a Kenmore freezer.

January 27, 2015
Freezer energy savings tips
By Sears PartsDirect staff

See how you can reduce the energy consumption of a freezer.

November 1, 2014
Freezer common questions
By Sears PartsDirect staff

Benefit from other people's experience by checking on these frequently asked questions about freezers.