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Lamp bulb is out

I found the bulb, however after removing the panel on inside right side I still cannot see how to get the bulb out

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You must remove the outside cover of the microwave to change the bulb.

The light cover inside the microwave should not be removed. It is held in place with contact cement.

For disassembly help see:
http://www.microwavedisplay.com/safety.txt
http://www.microwavedisplay.com/disassembly.txt

You can usually find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number here.

The bulb should be available at most grocery stores, home centers, hardware stores, and places like Wal-Mart.

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

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