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Change a JennAir JMV8208aa Microwave light bulb

Is there a trip to getting the light bulb out? And what is the part number of bulb?

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Inside light

1. Disconnect power to oven.
2. Remove screws located in front on top of microwave securing grille.
2. Remove grille.
3. Remove screws securing bulb holder.
4. Remove light bulb

Cooktop lights

1. Disconnect power to oven.
2. Remove lamp cover or remove screws securing bottom plate cover.
3. Disconnect lamps.

If your bulb is stuck or physically broken, it can be a pain. It's sometimes tacked in place with hot glue, and sometimes there may have been enough moisture to corrode and seize up.

You could heat it up (hair dryer, maybe?) then use needle nose pliers. Be careful if heating so you don't burn anything.

You may be able to put the tips of needle nose pliers inside the broken bulb's socket, gently but firmly force the pliers jaws apart and then rotate the pliers to loosen it.

Another cool trick is to put a big glob of hot glue on the end of a stick or dowel, then shove it into the broken base and let it cool about 5 minutes, then turn the stick.

I like to put a little WD-40 or rust buster on the threads of the new bulb, too. Grease, Vaseline, cooking oil, or anything like that will work. Just a thin coat.

The lamps are available at most grocery stores, hardware stores, home centers, and places like Wal-Mart and Lowe's.

If the unit uses halogen bulbs, do not handle them with bare hands, as oils from the skin make them run hotter and shorten their lives.

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

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

  • Martha B Cooley Jan 04, 2012

    Hello. My inside light bulb burned out some time ago. I finally took the time to see about replacing it. I removed the grill after turning off the power. There is absolutely no way that I can see to get the screw out of the bulb cover. It is on top and there is only 1 to 2 inches at best above it. If it took an allen wrench I could do it with an L shaped one but it is a phillips head. Really miss the light inside as I am 5'1" and have a little trouble seeing in it with the light and can't at all without it. Any suggestions??

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