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Broken light bulb

While trying to take out a burnt out light bulb that illuminates the stove, the base broke off in the socket. I am unable to remove the broken part from the socket. Am I supposed to replace the socket and bulb as a combination?

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Re: broken light bulb

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. You can find helpful exploded view diagrams and order parts by entering your full model number (without the suffix) here: We have critical safety & disassembly info at our site, which is linked at our listing here on FixYa:

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