Light did not come on (bad bulb!) on TC18KL

ApplianceAmana Refrigerator

ModelTC18KL

Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance5 - 10 years

Tools

Louis From Beloit, WI

Nov 26, 2012

I have never before seen a bulb with the filament intact not light. If the bulb's filament seems intact, screw the bulb into a known working lamp and see if it lights. When screwing it back into the socket in the fridge, it takes a bit of extra effort to fully seat (until it does, it won't light!). For replacing the switch, I unplugged the unit, used a paint scraper and worked it under the switch bezel from the right side. A bit of moxie, and the switch came out. The replacement switch had a different spade contact spacing than the original. I used a pair of scissors to cut the rubber bridge between the two switch wire connectors so I could connect to the new switch. In the end, it turned out to be the bulb. NOTE: The Model TC18KL is _not_ listed! What I finally found that the number "P7803211WL" on the sticker is actually a manufacturing code. Found this out by searching, and Sears' part search came up with matches.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Light Rocker Switch

Part Number: PS316042

$7.87
In Stock