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Question DetailsAsked on 2/9/2018

My kitchenaid interior light takes a good 15 seconds to go on after opening the door

This started happening right after they replaced one of the doors. Frig only 4 months old

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I suppose with the screwy and unnecessary electronics these days it could be a circuit board problem.

More likely - check the switch that turns the light on - sometimes a push-in doorframe switch like on car doors, more commonly a tab-type switch top center of door frame which the door pushes upward to shut off the light when the door is closed. I would guess the door replacement may have bent it so it is sticking a bit, or it is freezing or getting cold enough that it takes 15 seconds of warming up to move to the point of turning the light on. Or could have some food on it causing it to stick - ice cream or such which dripped out of upper freezer maybe, making it stick.

Since fridge is only 4 months old, though it would have been better to call them right when this happened as a call-back on the door replacement, presumably it is still under warranty (normally 1 year warranty on their reefers) so call the warranty repair number for them to come fix it - assuming food dripped on it (not covered by warranty) is not the problem.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD


One other thought - you did not put a CFL (compact flourescent) or LED bulb in there did you ? They do not like cold, and can take 3-30 seconds to heat up internally enough to fire up - which over the long run also burns them out a lot quicker.

Also - LED and CFL bulbs have a very short life in applications where they are turned on and off frequently or stay only a short time - so they are a poor choice for bathrooms, hall lights, bedroom lights unless left on for extended periods of time to read or such, and for any pass-through or short-term illumination application like reefers and photo-sensor controlled walkway or stairway or porch lights and such.

If that is the case, get a regular reefer rated incandescent bulb for about $3-5 for regular shaped ones, more like $5-15 commonly for the slender tube type.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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