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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Door switch

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 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.

How to Replace a Freezer Door Switch

Step 1: Disconnect the electrical power

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

Step 2: Remove the front grill

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

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.


Step 5: Reinstall the grill

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

Step 6: Restore electrical power

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