Your Whirlpool refrigerator lights are not working? If your fridge is working well but the lights don’t work, the quickest fix is to replace the bulb. However, if you have a fairly new fridge, chances are you may need to take a good look at it for other possible issues.
Whirlpool refrigerator LED bulbs were made to last for up to an impressive 50,000 hours. So, before you start calling in a professional or start switching to a new bulb, try these few troubleshooting steps first.
5 Common Reasons Why Your Whirlpool Refrigerator Lights Are Not Working
1. The fridge is on Sabbath mode.
Whirlpool refrigerators have a Sabbath Mode that allows you to keep the temperature settings the same while turning off the control panel, interior lights, and sound indicator lights. You can open and close the fridge without activating the interior lights. You will know if your fridge is on Sabbath Mode as the word “Sabbath” or “Saturday” is flashed on the screen. To deactivate Sabbath Mode, simply press and hold SABBATH for 3 seconds to turn it off.
2. The door has been open for a long time.
If you have left the refrigerator door open for more than 10 minutes, it will automatically turn off its interior lights. This is to help conserve energy.
If your door isn’t all the way shut, the light can stay on. Then when you open the door, the light stays out. So, you should check your fridge door to make sure it’s closed all the way. The light should come back on by itself after a few minutes.
3. Defective light switch
The light switch is the switch that turns your refrigerator light on and off as the door is opened and closed. It’s usually on the top of a Whirlpool fridge and has a label that says light switch.
The switch and spring in the door tab that turns the light on and off may be broken. So, when the door opens and shuts, the tab doesn’t get pushed in or bounce out. You may need to have it fixed or replaced by a professional.
4. The wiring harness is loose or faulty
This step requires you to remove one of the refrigerator panels so you can inspect the wiring. If you’re not sure how to do this, you can always hire a refrigerator technician to do it for you, but they may charge a lot.
When your LED light isn’t working, Whirlpool recommends checking the wiring harness. It’s more likely to shake loose if you recently moved your fridge. If it’s a loose wire, simply put it back in. However, if it doesn’t work, you may need to check if the wiring harness is faulty. You can do this using a multimeter. Simply plug the wires into the meter and check if there’s power running.
5. Run a Power Cycle
Just like any appliance, restarting or running a power cycle to your refrigerator could also fix a lot of issues. Simply turn off your refrigerator and unplug it. Then wait 30 seconds to one minute. Then plug it back in and turn it back on. This should fix your LED lights.