Refrigerator or Freezer Light Switch Replacement


  • Refrigerator or freezer lights do not work
  • Lights will not turn on
  • Light terminator shut lights off
  • Lights only work if light switch is wiggled, flicked, moved
  • All light bulbs replaced and the lights still do not work
  • How to replace light switch, part number 7014646, 7004257, 7007259
  • Function of the switch next to the light switch
  • How many light switches are in the unit?


Replacing a light switch in a Sub-Zero Side by Side unit is an easy repair that does not require a service technician.

Tips to Replace a Light Switch

  • See light switch instructions by model below.
  • Light switch instructions do not come with light switches when shipped.
  • The switch is located above the unit behind the grille on the 500 and 600 Series models.
  • Tools required are a Phillips head screw driver, T-20 Torx head screw driver, and pliers.
  • The outer grille frame may need to be removed for complete access to switches.
  • Make sure there is no power to the unit by turning off the circuit breaker.
  • The switch wires may be very tight depending on the age of the unit. Firmly pulling the wires by hand should remove them from the light switch.
  • If necessary, carefully pull at the base of the wire with a needle nose pliers to remove the wire from the light switch.
  • Contact a Factory Certified Parts Distributor to order parts.
  • For replacement light bulb information, refer to Sub-Zero Light Bulbs.
  • If the lights do not work after replacing the bulbs and the switch, service is needed to expertly diagnose and repair the product. Contact Factory Certified Service to schedule an appointment for repair.


Light Switch
Part Number*
200 / 300 Series7014646


and Photo of Switch Replacement
7004257 Light Switch Instructions
500 Series (excluding 501)7014646Light Switch Instructions and
600 Series (excluding 601)7014646Light Switch Instructions and
501 and 601 Models7004257501 and 601 Models
See also, 501 and 601 Series Grille Removal
Classic (Formerly Built-In) Series7007259Classic Series Light Switch Replacement
424, 427 Models7004257Light Switch Instructions
700 Series Upper Cabinet and IC-27 Models7004257Light Switch Instructions
700 Series DrawersN/AMust be replaced by FCS

*The part number is the same for both the refrigerator and freezer switches.

If these steps do not resolve the issue, no further troubleshooting advice is available. Contact Factory Certified Service to schedule an appointment for repair.

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