One of the bulbs under the microwave burnt out (actually blew off the base). We unplugged, and managed to remove the bulb socket. we replaced the bulbs, and plugged back in, but the lights will not turn off. Even though the display cycles through all the settings, the bulbs remain on.
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Re: Lights under the microwave won't turn off
The problem is in the control board of the microwave. We repair these circuit boards nationwide for this problem for only $32.50. For more information you can do a search on Yahoo.com (not Google) for:
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It's a good idea to also send a copy of the technical note sheet from inside the oven when you send the assembly in for repair.
This problem is caused when the bulbs are disconnected (or blow apart from) the sockets while the power is on.
Power should always be disconnected before replacing bulbs, but sometimes they just fail on their own and short, causing them to "blow" like yours did.
Also, be sure to avoid cheap bulbs, as we feel they have less chance of shorting and may hold up better.
Hello, i have a chefmate mirco i noticed tht it started beeping and displays the number 6. i attempted to reset it but it keeps putting 6 up on the read out. should i throw it in the trash or can it be fixed. thanks
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The bulbs are glued in at the factory. Unplug the microwave and see if you can remove the base of the bulb from the socket with needle nose pliers. You may have to twist the heck out of the bulb base but it should come out. If you do need a new socket it is available at www.geappliances.com under parts and accessories. Or call 1-800-626-2002 for GE factory parts
First of all, please be sure your oven is unplugged!
If the filament shorts, or if the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven, it can cause damage to the controller board reuslitng in lights that don't work or that won't shut off.
But back to your bulb removal problem... They are often tacked in place with hot glue.
If you can heat it up a bit with a hair dryer, it may soften the glue enough that you can unscrew the base with a good pair of needle nose pliers.
It may be helpful to out the tips of the pliers inside the bulb socket, spread the handles apart, then turn while holding the handles out.
Tubular 40-watt bulbs (40T6 1/2 /2), available in supermarkets and hardware stores, may also be used for replacements.
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WAIT!!! Before you just take the lamp cover off and try to replace the bulb that way, which would MAKE SENSE!!!, stop! All you'll do is snap the bulb off, leaving the metal screwy end of the bulb in the socket. Believe me - it happened to me. Twice.
The only way to ensure that you'll be able to get the entire bulb out, because the only way you can actually SEE what you're doing, is to remove the bottom cover of the microwave. It's about 6 screws along the underneath surface of the unit. After removing the screws, the front of the cover will hang down and the rear will stay nested in a groove at the back. At this point, you'll be able to see the backs of the light sockets. Remove the two screws on either side of the sockets, and you can gently pull the bulbs out of the housing so you can actually see and work with them.
Chances are, the bulbs have been GLUED into the sockets with silicone, which GE says it does to prevent moisture from getting into the sockets. Right. Then why is it that the replacement lamps work just fine without being glued in?! Anyway - GE actually instructs in the manual to "run a knife around the edge of the socket" to break the silicone seal. Hmmm..Sounds safe to me.
So, after you've eliminated the silicone one way or another, just gently unscrew the lamp like you would any other.
Trust me - you do not want to try to remove the lamps without removing the bottom cover. Oh, yeah - most importantly, unplug the microwave first! Good luck.
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!