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How to change lightbulbs and how to get bottom off for cleaning

1. The lighbulbs have never been changed. one is out, and they both seem to have what appears to be glue at the base of each bulb. How does one remove these for changing?

2. I am trying to totally remove the bottom for cleaning. The screws are out, but the bottom is still on. How can I do this?

3. Finally, I would like to know if Goo B Gone can be used on parts to clean them,. It does say to use in a well ventilated area and not to use near heat or flames. What is your advice? Grease Removal?
The product IS valid, MH7140XFB over range microwave Whirlpool

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  • stonebrook95 Dec 23, 2008

    Westinghouse 3501

    How to change light bulb ?

  • William Miller
    William Miller May 11, 2010

    The bulbs are often tacked in place with contact cement or hot glue,
    and sometimes there may have been enough moisture to corrode and seize
    up.




    You could heat them up
    with a hair dryer
    to loosen the glue.


    Please reply back with your brand and model number so we can help you further.


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Please unplug your oven before you remove or install bulbs!

The bulbs are often tacked in place with contact cement or hot glue,and sometimes there may have been enough moisture to corrode and seize up.


You could heat them up with a hair dryer to loosen the glue.

That usually works.

You can find helpful exploded view diagrams (and order parts if needed) by entering your full model number here.

These views will help you see how the oven comes apart.

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Is this a countertop microwave or an over-the-rang (OTR) microwave? If it's a countertop model, you need to completely remove the outer case to get to the lightbulb. If it's and OTR microwave, there usually is an access cover located behind the grill vent. You can remove that grille vent by removing the 2 to 4 screws above the grill vent. Then either slide the grill vent 1/4" to the left to remove it, or else (depending on the model), just pull out the top of the grill vent, followed by the bottom. Then you should be able to see the lightbulb access cover. Usually there is 1 screw that you have to remove. But unplug the microwave before you to any further! Now remove the screw, lift up and remove the cover, and you should be able to get to the light bulb.

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I can not believe I have to jump through these hoops just to change a feaken...


The folks at GE told me you need a technician to change this bulb. Phooey, I say. It was a piece of cake. Save $ 100 and follow my instructions. I did it. I would imagine most GE microwaves would be similar.

Here's how to do it. I bought this bulb (part # WB36X951) from PARTSTORE.COM for $ 18.58 total (that's bad enough). Got the bulb within a few days.

This model GE microwave, is a stainless model with stainless inside and grilling element.

The bulb is located directly behind the front control panel (on the right), but you need to remove the stainless cover to get to it. Naturally, unplug it first. You'll need one those star bits (not sure what size), a philips head won't work. There's four of those sneaky screws on the rear. Remove those screws and the cover slides off. VOILA! It's magic! The bulb, you'll see, is sealed to a base, but it has as double slide contact. Undo this before removing the bulb. It's snapped into a little fixture. Remove the old bulb and snap new one in. Replace the contact leads and that's it.

The cover is a little tricky to get back seated properly. Along with the sneaky star screws, this is another attempt to discourage consumer servicing. Make sure that the cover is flush with the back before replacing the screws. You're done.

I for one, am tired of this type of this type of rip-off and scamming. I hope this tips helps many and saves some of you from paying a ridiculous service fee.

If this tip has helped you, let know. E-mail me at cdpays@bellsouth.net.

Craig Pays
Kenner, La.


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