Please read our safety
information before attempting any testing or repairs.
testing the interlock switch, unplug the refrigerator to avoid
an electrical shock hazard.
The interlock switch prevents
various components from functioning when the door is open.
For example, an automatic ice through the door dispenser should
not operate when the door is open. If it did, the ice would
spill onto the floor. If this switch malfunctions, it can
cause improper function by either disabling features or failing
to safeguard against their use when the door is open.
The switch may be shared with
the door's light switch, but more often it has its own separate
switch. The switch may be mounted near the light switch or
it may be on the door itself, possibly near the bottom, out
Locate the switch and remove it by removing
the retaining screw (if any) or by prying it with a putty
knife. Place a piece of masking tape over the blade of the
putty knife to prevent damage to the freezer. Gently pull
the switch from its housing and expose an inch or two of wire.
The switch will be connected
by two wires (four wires if it also controls the light). Label
the wire placement on the switch before disconnecting the
wires. The wires are connected to the switch with slip on
connectors. Firmly pull the connector off of the switch terminal
(do not pull on the wire). You may need to use a pair of needle-nose
pliers to remove the connectors. Inspect the connectors and
the terminals for corrosion. If the connectors are corroded
they should be replaced.