Kenmore Elite Range Hood. I don't think it's even been 5 years since I put
it in. It has a 3 speed fan and 3 light levels for a pair of halogen
floods. The control is electronic with membrane buttons and includes a
temperature sensor that turns on the fan automatically.
The membrane switch for the max position for the lights has already worn
out (no one ever intentionally uses the medium or low). So what are my
Replace the entire switch/electronics unit. (I haven't looked up the price
yet.) Which will probably last only as long as the original.
See if I can cut some traces and jumper to make one or both of the other
brightness settings be the high setting. That'll buy us a few years until
they wear out as well.
The more drastic option would be to drill a hole and install an ordinary
mechanical switch, probably a little toggle. If it's an SPDT, with the
pole feeding the lights, one side could connect to live power while the
other, instead of just being off, could connect back to the original panel
in off chance someone wanted to use one of the dimmer positions.
Or, even more drastically, wire the lights to an actual wall switch.