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Surface lights We replace the light bulbs frequently, about 12 in two years. We had the same style Microwave prior to the new one and did not have to change bulbs but once a year (approx). The bulb socket is dropping little black pieces of a plastic material, I think the socket is deteriorating! When the old bulbs are removed they are very black, like they are over heating. Any suggestions.

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  • gwshaw Nov 12, 2007

    I replace the lamps several times a year. The lens also cracks. I was told by a local dealer not to us the nite light function and to remove the lens to allow more air to the lamps. Why doesn't GE come out with a fix?

  • Novex Nov 17, 2007

    The bulbs on mine went out...Then when I tried to remove them, the glass broke away from the base. Now I can't seem to remove the metal base from the socket! What a piece of junk...How can I get these out of the socket???

  • southern led Nov 25, 2007

    The bulbs on mine went out...Then when I tried to remove them, the
    glass broke away from the base. Now I can't seem to remove the metal
    base from the socket! What a piece of junk...How can I get these out of
    the socket???
    i have the same problem as novex

  • CrankyBob Dec 02, 2007

    How do you change the surface light bulbs when they separate from the metal socket? Are they threaded? I can't seem to turn them, and I've tried a number of ways!!!

  • cmccmc Dec 06, 2007

    I have this same problem - sockets falling apart. Constantly replacing light bulbs.. etc.. What a pain.

  • CrankyBob Dec 08, 2007

    Thanks Mikey_001. That was one of the ways that I tried to extract the base of the bulb. It almost seemed to be spot-welded into the socket. The thin metal of the base simply twisted itself into a gnarled-up mess that mostly remains in the socket. Now, if someone turns on that light, it will create a short circuit and blow the breaker. I've completely ruined the microwave, and after the holidays, we'll probably replace the whole unit (and it won't be a GE!!!!!!)

  • Novex Dec 10, 2007

    The problem is the housing for the bulb is not very tight, so when you try to turn the broken bulb socket with pliers, the whole unit moves...I don't see any way to fix this, unless you take the microwave apart...I will be looking elsewhere for a microwave next time around...the GE spacemaker line is junk IMO...very frustrating

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    one bulb wors other doesnot

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I also have had a problem with the glass part of the surface light bulb separating from the metal base when trying to change the bulbs under my G.E. Spacemaker Microwave.. I see someone used a carrot or potato but I had not seen this suggestion before I whittled one end of a wine cork small enough to insert into the metal part of the old bulb stuck in the socket. It also worked great and in no time I was able to get the old base out and replace the bulb. I'll save the cork for next time because it seems to happen to at least one of the bulbs everytime they need to be changed. DON'T FORGET TO UNPLUG THE MICROWAVE FIRST!

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  • LFC58 Dec 07, 2010

    I removed the bottom panel of the microwave (7 screws). It wont fall down because of a couple metal tabs that hold it in place in the back. The light socket can easily be unscrewed and using the outer sides of the pliers I easily twisted the broken light bulb base out. Able to clean it up some as well.

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If your socket is not falling apart like CMC''s, then:

1. either unplug your microwave or turn off the breaker at your electrical box
2. Use a needle nose pliers and wedge one end of the pliers between the metal base and the socket.
3. The other end of your pliers should be in the middle of the metal base so you can squeeze the pliers and tightly grab the metal base.
4. now begin twisting in the same direction as unscrewing a bulb (counterclockwise).
5. the metal base will begin to twist up and eventually it will unscrew.

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Use a potato or a carrot (cut small enough to fit in the whole but large enough where it has to be wedged in tight) apply pressure and turn counter clockwise. This works everytime

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    lerchland Mar 21, 2012

    worked for me!

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The socket it self needs to be replace before to much of that plastic comes off.

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