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Light bulbs burning out - part 2

<> The bulbs are incandescent. The socket doesn't seem any more loose than the one that is working fine. When the bulb goes, not only the filament is broken, but the metal backing wire as well. Both bulbs are Sylvania bulbs, both from Lowe's. I wonder if it's a quality issue with the bulbs. I suppose the least expensive option is to buy a different brand bulb from another store and see if the problem persists.

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I recently moved into a new townhouse and found my HP RVM1325WW mocrowave had the left bulb burnt out. I replaced it and within a few days it burnt out again. After reading the comments, I am really curious as to why there would be a need to disconnect power to the unit when changing bulbs. When the light switch is off, the circuit is not connected correct? Just wondering...sounds like a push to sell parts or am I mistaken?

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Thanks for the follow-up. It makes sense that you'd have such a problem with an incandescent bulb. It could very well be a quality issue with the bulbs. I think you should try a different bulb. It's still puzzling that it's happening on one side and not the other, but other than the shock of shutting the door, it's hard ot say what could be doing it. I would assume that the bulbs are wired in parallel, so it would seem like more of a physical than an elctrical issue. If you happen to have the old one and the receipt, it wouldn't hurt to return the bad one and call it to their attention. It may not help but I point out things like that to retailers from time to time. Some Chinese junk is worse than others! *grin* Seriously, some of the Chinese products out there are barely adequate to the task. They cut materials cost to the bone... and it shows. It's a shame. Not only have they driven much our manufacturing out of business, they quality is often the pits. You save money on the original purchase, but not if you have to buy it over and over! *grin* off my soap box now... Let us know what you find. Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 20, 2006

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    William Miller Nov 11, 2006

    After looking over this again, I'd say you have a damaged control panel assembly, which we repair nationwide for $32.50.

    This is indeed caused by not disconnecting the microwave from the power line when removing or installing a bulb, but the lights do not have to be on for it to cause a failure.

    We see this all the time.

    Even though it's not display repair, per se, I would suggest you do a search on Yahoo.com (not Google) for:

    microwave circuit repair

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That's covered on pages 35 & 36 of your owner's manual.

If for some reason you don't have yours, you can download it here.

Cooktop Light/Night Light

On models JVM1850, JNM1851, DVM1850 and
EMO4000, replace the burned-out bulb with a 120 volt,
40-watt incandescent bulb (WB36X10003), available
from your GE supplier.

On models JVM1870, JVM1871, JVM2050 and
JVM3670, replace the burned-out bulb with a 120 volt,
20-watt halogen bulb (WB36X10213), available from
your GE supplier.

To replace the bulb(s), first disconnect the
power at the main fuse or circuit breaker panel
or pull the plug.

Remove the screw at the left edge of the light
cover and push on the right edge of the cover
to open.

Be sure the bulb(s) to be replaced are cool
before removing. After breaking the adhesive
seal, remove the bulb by either gently turning
(for models JVM1850, JNM1851, DVM1850 and
EMO4000) or pulling straight out (for models
JVM1870, JVM1871, JVM2050 and JVM3670).

Replace with the same size and type bulb.

Raise the light shield and replace the screw.

Connect electrical power to the oven.

Oven Light

Replace the burned-out bulb with a 120 volt, 20-watt
halogen bulb (WB36X10213), available from your GE supplier.

To replace the oven light, first disconnect the
power at the main fuse or circuit breaker panel
or pull the plug.

Remove the top grille by taking out the screws
on top of the grille that hold it in place and
sliding the grille to the left (opening the door
makes grille removal easier).

Next, remove the light cover.

On some models, the light cover is located
in the center of the top opening. Remove the
screw that secures the light cover and lift the
cover off.

On some models, the light cover is located at the
left of the top opening. Lift the cover off.

Pinch the clips that hold the light socket in
place and lift the socket out.

Remove the bulb from the light socket by
pulling straight out. Replace with the same size
and type bulb, then replace the light socket and
cover.

Replace the grille and screws. Connect electrical
power to the oven.

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That's on page 33 of the owner's manual. If you've misplaced yours, it's archived online here.

Cooktop Light/
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Replace the burned-out
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(WB36X10003), available
from your GE supplier.

1 To replace the bulb(s),
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at the main fuse or circuit
breaker panel or pull the
plug.
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That's covered on pages 35 & 36 of the owner's manual here.

Cooktop Light/Night Light

On models JVM1850, JNM1851, DVM1850 and
EMO4000, replace the burned-out bulb with a 120 volt,
40-watt incandescent bulb (WB36X10003), available
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On models JVM1870, JVM1871, JVM2050 and
JVM3670, replace the burned-out bulb with a 120 volt,
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To replace the bulb(s), first disconnect the
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Remove the screw at the left edge of the light
cover and push on the right edge of the cover
to open.

Be sure the bulb(s) to be replaced are cool
before removing. After breaking the adhesive
seal, remove the bulb by either gently turning
(for models JVM1850, JNM1851, DVM1850 and
EMO4000) or pulling straight out (for models
JVM1870, JVM1871, JVM2050 and JVM3670).

Replace with the same size and type bulb.

Raise the light shield and replace the screw.
Connect electrical power to the oven.

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Replace the burned-out bulb with a 120 volt, 20-watt
halogen bulb (WB36X10213), available from your
GE supplier.

To replace the oven light, first disconnect the
power at the main fuse or circuit breaker panel
or pull the plug.

Remove the top grille by taking out the screws
on top of the grille that hold it in place and
sliding the grille to the left (opening the door
makes grille removal easier).

Next, remove the light cover.

On some models, the light cover is located
in the center of the top opening. Remove the
screw that secures the light cover and lift the
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On some models, the light cover is located at the
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Pinch the clips that hold the light socket in
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Remove the bulb from the light socket by
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Replace the grille and screws. Connect electrical
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I have posted this answer many times here at Fixya but will do it again for you. You may want to review some of those comments for additional details.

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From the owner's manual:

Cooktop Light/Night Light

On models JVM1850, JNM1851, DVM1850 and EMO4000, replace the burned-out bulb with a 120 volt, 40-watt incandescent bulb (WB36X10003), available from your GE supplier.

On models JVM1870, JVM1871, JVM2050 and JVM3670, replace the burned-out bulb with a 120 volt,
20-watt halogen bulb (WB36X10213), available from your GE supplier.

To replace the bulb(s), first disconnect the power at the main fuse or circuit breaker panel or pull the plug.

Remove the screw at the left edge of the light cover and push on the right edge of the cover to open.

Be sure the bulb(s) to be replaced are cool before removing.

After breaking the adhesive seal, remove the bulb by either gently turning (for models JVM1850, JNM1851, DVM1850 and EMO4000) or pulling straight out (for models JVM1870, JVM1871, JVM2050 and JVM3670).

Replace with the same size and type bulb.

Raise the light shield and replace the screw.

Connect electrical power to the oven.

Oven Light

Replace the burned-out bulb with a 120 volt, 20-watt halogen bulb (WB36X10213), available from your
GE supplier.

To replace the oven light, first disconnect the power at the main fuse or circuit breaker panel or pull the plug.

Remove the top grille by taking out the screws on top of the grille that hold it in place and sliding the grille to the left (opening the door makes grille removal easier).

Next, remove the light cover.

On some models, the light cover is located in the center of the top opening.

Remove the screw that secures the light cover and lift the cover off.

On some models, the light cover is located at the left of the top opening.

Lift the cover off.

Pinch the clips that hold the light socket in place and lift the socket out.

Remove the bulb from the light socket by pulling straight out.

Replace with the same size and type bulb, then replace the light socket and cover.

Replace the grille and screws.

Connect electrical power to the oven.

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Your owner's manual can be downloaded here. Page 31 covers the procedure:

1 To replace the bulb(s),
first disconnect the power
at the main fuse or circuit
breaker panel or pull the
plug.

2 Remove the screw at the
front of the light cover
and lower the cover.

3 Be sure the bulb(s) to be
replaced are cool before
removing. After breaking
the adhesive seal, remove
the bulb by gently turning.
Replace with the same size
and type bulb.

4 Raise the light shield
and replace the screw.
Connect electrical power
to the oven.

Replace the burned-out
bulb with a 40-watt
incandescent bulb
(WB36X10003), available
from your GE supplier.

My tips if the bulb sticks in the socket:

This is pretty common and can be a pain. It's 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.

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That does sound odd! On one hand, I would suspect that maybe the door is getting slammed and that vibration may be contributing to the failure. But that would be much more likely for an incandescent bulb than a fluorescent type. Which is yours? You may have a bad connection on the socket which is causing some excess heat. Does the blown bulb look funny on the ends or at the connection? Assuming you're using the bulb your manual calls for, and the socket is okay, it may be a problem on the control board. Once you've digested this reply, let me know what you find and we can take it from there.

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