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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required:

  • Light socket

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.

Step 1: Disconnect electrical power

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

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.


Step 4: 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.


Step 5: 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.


Step 6: 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.


Step 7: Restore the electrical power

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