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Surface light "nightlight" will not work

We have a GE Spacemaker HVM1540. Our surface light has 3 settings (off, full surface light, night surface light). Night surface light setting will not light. Regular surface light works fine. Any suggestions? Does the light bulbs have to different fillaments of brightness?? Not sure what to do.

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    Surface light stays on

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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 week.

At 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.

Sometimes this will also affect the exhaust fan operation, too. The lights and fan can be inoperable or stuck on too.

Feel free to contact me directly (and please remind me of your full model number) for more information & help.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

William E. Miller
prototech@usa.net
http://www.microwavedisplay.com

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

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bulb with a 40-watt
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first disconnect the power
at the main fuse or circuit
breaker panel or pull the
plug.
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the cover.
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