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GE Profile Spacemaker microwave surface lights

Our surface lights recently went out. We replaced the two bulbs but it the lights still will not work. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Sep 14, 2008

    replaced lights but still doenst work

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We see (and repair) this a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which we regularly repair nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid.

This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.

This can often also affect the exhaust fan operation, too. The lights and fan can be inoperable or stuck on too.

Details of our service and critical safety information and disassembly information is at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa.

Feel free to contact me directly for more information & help.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

William E. Miller
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Posted on Sep 16, 2008

  • t-binger Oct 28, 2010

    I had the same problem and fixed it myself. Take the vent panal off. Take the touch panal off (one screw at top and life whole assembly up and out). Unplug wire harnesses and unscrew the ground wire. For the ribbon plug-in. Grab the square frame and pull. It should pop up a bit. Then gently grab the ribbon and pull it out. Remove the screws holding the circuit board in place and lift it off. Turn it over. Look carefully and you will see a burnt spot where the solder blew out. It worked like a fuze when the bulb shorted. Bad design because the fuze should have blown but that spot on the circuit was weaker and melted. Cut a very short piece of copper wire and solder it across the burnt spot. That's it! I put it back together and everything worked. Whole thing took 20 minutes and zero dollars.

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