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Changing oven light

I've tried to figure out how to change the light inside the microwave (not over the stove), by looking at the diagram on the webpage. The part I bought was WB08X10050, halogen lamp. Near as I can tell, I have to remove the top of the microwave to dig into the area where the lightbulb resides. If so, who designed this so that a lightbulb couldn't easily be changed?

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  • mart smith Sep 23, 2006

    I thought I looked in the access panel on the inside (cooking chamber) held in place with a screw, but saw a cooking unit but no bulb. I'll look again to make sure. My model number is 363.63674201. Thanks.

  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2007

    kenmore oven 32363692301, impossible to remove plastic housing unless you vave long phillips with a flexible shaft and pray for a miracle.....a service call is replace a bulb. im going to micro in the dark.



  • Tbart19 Jan 26, 2008

    Ok...I actually have both issues. The light inside the oven is out and the light the illuminates over the stove is out. I have to take the unit off the wall? Not my forte....that's why I paid to have some guy put it up there to strat with. I can't see any other way to get at the light.

    The light over the range is different. I figured out where that was, opened the cover but the glass broke in the socket when I ent to pull it out. Do I have to undo those &*(@ little nuts that are about 1/100th the size of a normal nut! It looks like from the diagram you provided that the white socket is one piece that extends into the unit. Grrr!

    An help is welcomed in advance.



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I have a light bulb in my oven that is frozen, won't come out. The whole unit turns when trying to remove it. Any suggestions?

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For the Kenmore,

1. take off the plastic vent grate
2. remove the small black plastic grille behind it
3. lift the metal plate up, reach in and remove the metal bracket that doubles as the lamp housing
4. you can now remove the bulb from the assembly.
5 reverse steps for assembly

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If you can post the complete model number, I can pull up the diagram and check for sure, but there are usually two ways to change the inside light bulb: First and foremost, unplug the oven or disconnect it from the AC supply. Failure to do so can damage you or your microwave. On some models, there is an access panel in the rear or inside the cavity (cooking chamber) held in place with a screw. Apparently yours does not have either of these. For other models, you do have to remove the outer wrapper / cover. Quoting my own text "doorsw.txt", here's how: Remove all of the screws from the side and back of the outer wrapper / cover of the microwave. There are usually four on the rear edges and two on the bottom of the edges on each side of the cover. The cover then should be slid slightly backward then up from the rear and it will slide off. You may have to pat down on the sides to loosen it first. I use firm and simultaneous open-palmed slaps on both sides near the front, then pull it up and off. When putting it back on, be careful that the inside front edges of the cover catch properly in the slots in the chassis. Once the cover is off, be careful of sharp edges on the metal inside. Also, do not come into contact with any exposed connections or wiring, since there may possibly be a charge remaining in the high-voltage capacitor. A zap from this charge can be painful, and it can cause you to hurt yourself on those sharp edges when the old reflexes move you abruptly!

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    William Miller Nov 11, 2006

    Manufacturers used to include access panels so you can easily change the bulb. Those exposed the customer to 110V connectors, and that posed a real liability threat, so they stopped using them.

    You now must generally remove the outer cover to replace the bulb.

    In some over-the-range models, that can mean having to take the oven down from the wall! I suggest a spotter / helper for that task.

    On this model one halogen lamp is goes in the bottom panel to illuminate the cooktop and another illuminates the cavity.

    I have linked below to a diagram which shows it clearly.

    Right about the middle of the page, you'll see the cavity lamp, reference # 282, and its socket, ref# 1207. It mounts in the right front corner of the top (ceiling) of the oven cavity. Ref # 1527 is the glass cover below the lamp.



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I have the GE JVM1490 Profile Spacemaker. Dr. Ripken's solution works for this oven. You need to remove the front vents, and lift up the plate covering the fan. The bulb housing is bright stainless steel and hinges up and out. The bulb part is the same as the underneath bulb. Unplug the oven before you replace the bulb or you can fry yourself or the control board. nuff said. P.S. I called GE and they said this had to be done by a tech. I guess they are scared of getting sued. -1 for them.

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