Refrigerators have a lot of moving parts, and during the course of a general inspection you might see problems that can be easily fixed. One of the most visible problems is if the interior light won’t turn on once the refrigerator door is opened. While this could be the light bulb, check to see if the fan motor also isn’t working; that’s a sure sign the door switch is malfunctioning. If you notice that your customer’s door switch isn’t working, or you were called in precisely for that reason, replacing switch only takes a few minutes once you have the replacement door switch (which is part #DA34-00041A for Samsung models). Here’s how:
- Unplug the appliance. This is a general safety step for all appliance repair.
- Pry out the old switch. Use a flat head screw to separate the edge of the switch from the inner panel. Then let the whole mechanism hang out.
- Remove the wire harness. Use the screwdriver to compress the tab to the harness so the wires snap free.
- Install the new switch. First, snap the wire harness into place, using the small marking to ensure the sides are properly oriented. Then push the wires back inside the refrigerator panel and press the switch into the hole until it snaps into place.
- Test the switch. Plug the appliance back in and open the fresh food door to ensure the switch is working. You should see both the interior light turn on and the fan start to spin.
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