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Bulb broke away from its screw base in oven

Was cleaning the oven, bulb was hot, shattered when I hit it with my cleaning rag. Now the element base (the screw-in part) is broken off in the socket. What to do, what to do? I need to replace said bulb now.

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Please unplug the oven's power cord first!

This is pretty common and can be a pain. It's sometimes 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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Posted on Dec 21, 2008

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* Remove oven and unplug. (Yes, you could trip out the breaker. But do you know enough to turn off the right one? Remember, you will be sticking something is a live socket.)
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Aloha, ukeboy57

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* Call for service! High voltage(s) present!
*** The following is for information only. ***
* Remove oven and unplug. (Yes, you could trip out the breaker. But do you know enough to turn off the right one? Remember, you will be sticking something is a live socket.)
* Following is very dangerous! Use the back end of a rubber handled screw driver. Wear a glove and don't touch the metal parts of the oven with your other hand. Use dry towels if needed, to place around the oven door if you have to lean in. Remove all metal shelves. A small wooden handle (from a plumber's helper) can also substitute as well (if it's dry!)
* I'm guessing the bulb cracked or broke off the metal screw In base. With power OFF (you will be smashing the wires to the bulb that will probably short out.) Insert the blunt end (Handle side) into the light socket. Use a smaller handle if it does not fit. A broom handle should fit perfect. Press hard enough to get a grip and twist counter-clockwise to loosen the base. You may need to twist slowly back and forth to get the handle to 'bite' into the base. Be careful as the base comes out that you use a gloved hand to unscrew the base the rest of the way.
* This method works most of the time. Though it will not work on shorted/melted bulbs. This is caused by a bulb that was not seated properly and 'arced' welded the base to the contacts of the socket. This requires a complete replacement of socket and bulb.
* Though I don't think they use LEDs lamps INSIDE the oven as the heat will destroy them. But if it is an LED lamp then this method will not work. Call for service and replacement.
* Final; Check your warranty as working on the oven may void it. Warranty periods may last years, so check first. Be safe and call your vendor for service.
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