The base of the light bulb underneath the microwave over the stove broke off in the socket. In trying to get it out, I ruined the black socket and the brass socket. Is there a part to fix it and how do I fix it?
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The light is the only thing that comes on when you open door. You either have a shorted door switch (Micro switch) or a shorted bulb. You have either a shorted bulb or bad socket. From my experience, it's the bulb. Just because it may seem to start to come on when you open the door, it's most likely bad. At least it not expensive.
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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, always disconnect the oven from the line before you remove or install bulbs, otherwise, you can damage the control board.
We repair them all the time because of this.
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