I errantly unscrewed the light socket from the oven and pulled it down to better access the broken light bulb.
Now I cannot get the socket to fit back in.
Is there an easy way?
Or, how do I remove the cook top to access the socket from the other side?
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Re: reposition light socket
It probably has to fit into a very narrow offset opening, like a tab into a cereal box. The hard part is getting the fixture up in and flat enough to slide it into position. You probably can't get to it from above. The ovens are normally sealed to prevent fires from going through.
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The activation source switching mechanism may have frozen in the ON position. If you cannot turn it off when pressing the on/off button; the it is stuck ON. Since the ON/OFF is part of the Circuit Board, it cannot be repaired by itself. What you can do is just leave the bulb in the socket and unscrew it (leaving it partway in the socket) until it goes out.
Usually you just remove the cover if it has one, then unscrew it like any other light bulb. If its broken unplug the oven from the wall plug and carefully work the broken base loose. Pushing 1/2 a potato onto the broken parts of the bulb will help you to remove it. Just make sure the power to the stove is off!
Hello Carolyn, Stuck oven bulbs can be a bear to get out. One option is to access the back of the range and remove the panel and have someone hold the socket while twisting the bulb. But, There are other ways to try first.
Turn off the power to the range. Then using a silicone spray with a long application spray tube, ( most cans have it ) shoot a little silicone lubricant into the socket at the lamp base. wait 10 minutes and try again. It should come out.
On most kitchen ranges the light bulb can be found on the inner top right hand side. You will have to unscrew the lens counter clock-wise to get access to the bulb. If you break the bulb a good tip to get it out is to use a potato press it up against the broken glass and unscrew. Safety: make sure the range is unplugged
if the bulb was screwed in to tight, you need to unplug the stove.. put on some protective gloves ... now spray some lubricant the socket... let stand for a few minutes.. the bulb might break!!! when you try to unscrew it. try to unscrew the buld by turning the buld right to left this will work in the lubricant. when you feel it getting easier to turn, you can finish taking the bulb out.. some stoves have a cover on them. these may require a flat head screwdriver ,a phillips screwdriver or a quater inch nutdriver ect... or a cover retainer clip .. remove the screws or clip then replace the bulb... UNPLUG THE STOVE ! ! !
Turn the power off to the oven. Spray around the bulb base / socket with Pam or similar spray cooking oil. Will take several applications. Bulb should free up -- may take a couple of hours for oil to seep into socket far enough to loosen it. Use oil liberally.
Step 1: Take out the screws that hold the panels, and pull off the control knobs. On the control panel the knobs are friction-fit; pull them straight off. Some knobs may have setscrews in the base of the knobs; back out these screws using a screwdriver or Allen wrench and pull off the knobs.
Step 2: Remove the back service panel on the control panel by backing out a series of screws around the edge of the panel. To remove the front panel, take off the control knobs and remove a series of mounting screws that hold the decorative panel to the frame. These screws may be hidden by molding or trim; pry off the molding or trim with a screwdriver, or take out several screws.
Step 3: To gain access to the burner assemblies, remove the burner grates and then the top of the range. The entire range top should either lift up and off the range or open up and back on hinges. The oven door can usually be removed by pulling it straight up off the hinges on both sides of the door. Some hinges have a latch that must be unlocked before the door can be removed.
Step 4: If the surface light of the range burns out, remove retaining screws and panels as necessary to gain access to the bulb. Replace the burned-out bulb with a new one of the same type and wattage; check the ends of the old bulb for this information. Then replace any retaining panels.
Step 5: If the oven light burns out, unscrew it and remove it from the oven. Replace the burned-out bulb with a new one of the same wattage, made for oven use.
Try taking the cover for the fan and element off -- I found this is the only way of getting a decent grip on the glass. It's four Philips screws. Obviously make very sure the oven's properly cold and isolate the electricity supply before you do it!