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Question DetailsAsked on 2/9/2018

My ge fridge light bulb broke and i shorted it in the process. New bulb doest work anymore what should i do?

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Tough one - I would try another bulb or two of comparable or lesser wattage and same base type - if only for long enough to see if the socket works. The reason I say this - I have noted a lot of trouble recently with some light bulb brands having short solder center tips on them (GE being one of those), so the center tip of the bulb is not reching far enough into the socket to make contact. Last time our reefer bulb went out (after about 20 years) I tested and knew I had power to the socket and a good return on it so had to be the bulb. I had to try three bulb brands/ before I found the problem - ended up adding a bit of solder to the center tip of the bulb and presto, worked and still does a couple of years later.

Also - a lot of bulbs these days go out in very short order or as soon as turned on due to shoddy manufacturing, so I would try a spare bulb first (most reefer bulbs fit most reefers so you should be able to use it in the future) just to be sure the bulb did not just fritz right off the bat. Also - be sure you used a reefer rated bulb- regular ones do not like the cold, moist environment and do not last worth beans.

If a DIY'er who is safe with a volt-ohm meter could also (using insulated probes) check for power between the center spring of the socket and the inner thread of the socket - if you have power there (will be 110-120V AC) then the bulb is the problem - defective bulb or not reaching the center prong of socket. Also look with a mirror to see you did not basically melt away the center spring contact when you shorted the bulb out.

Otherwise, either an inline fuse or is does not have that then maybe the socket or any electronic circuit board, and I guess possibly even the switch, might have to be replaced - depending on what got fried in the shorting out process. Depending on what is fried, in a non-electronic fridge or if an internal fuse on an electronic fridge fried, probably not more than $50 or so parts, maybe $100 max - plus repair trip charge of commonly $75-150. If electronic reefer, and a board fried - could run into the couple to many (if main circuit board) hundreds for the parts plus probably $150-250 labor.

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Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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