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Re: lIGHT UNDER MICRO WON'T WORK
We see (and repair) this
a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which
we regularly repair nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in about a
our Web site, you can get details of our service, plus we have a video
available showing how to remove a typical
over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.
This light failure often
occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament
shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first
unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a
failure on the controller.
This can often also
affect the exhaust fan operation, too. The lights and fan can be
inoperable or stuck on too.
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If you are sure bulbs are good then problem is usually the main control board. This is an expensive fix just for lights but the relay that turns the lights on/off is mounted on the main board that also does everything for the microwave. Some older microwaves had separate switches for the lights that were not attached to the main board but almost all newer units have everything on the board and work through the same touch pads on the control panel.
Light bulbIf your
microwave light bulb is not working, perhaps it has blown. The first
step is to replace the bulb and power on the microwave. If this does not
correct the issue, the next step is to check the socket and wiring to
verify if that is the problem.
Light bulb socket & main control boardIf
your microwave light bulb is not working after the installation of a
new bulb, check the light socket as well as the wiring to ensure they
are properly operating. If these sources are functioning properly, the
next step is to check for a faulty control board as a possible root
cause to your microwave light bulb malfunction.
Behind the top grill above the door is an access panel to change the light bulb. If the bulb is good but light still don't work, its possible the door switch is bad, but normally if the switch is bad the turn table won't work either. Most likely just a bad bulb part number you would seek is WB36X10003 this is not cheap for a bulb, you maybe able to get a replacement from a local lighting center near you. its a 40 watt, 130V bulb
If the microwave light bulb is not working it
is usually located behind the upper grille and behind an access panel,
and above the lower panel. On counter top units you will need to remove
the outer cover to get to the bulb. If that doesn't solve the problem
check the on-off switch, and control board
Main Control Board
If the microwave light bulb is not working
check the light bulbs, sockets and wiring. If they are good the main
control board might be defective.
Light Bulb Socket
If the microwave light bulb is not working
and a new light bulb doesn't solve the problem, the light bulb socket
might be burned out and need to be replaced.
Replace the bulb. If that doesn't work, the "Membrane switch" under the plastic film control panel is damaged. There is no good way to fix them. Contact hotpoint to see if they still have replacement panels available for this model. If not, either live without the light or replace the whole microwave.
yes, you can recirculate it out the front which i suppose u do currrently... you may also vent it out the top, or the rear. to do this u must drop the unit down,and rotate the fan motor to point the appropriate direction, and also install or have a exterior venting piping existing currently..
We see this a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which we regularly repair nationwide for $39.95 postpaid.
This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.
Details of our service and critical safety information and disassembly information is at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk
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