Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
Yes, do be sure to unplug the oven first when removing or installiing bulbs.
This is pretty common and can be a pain. It's 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 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.
Once you get the new bulbs in, if they still don;t come on or they won;t go off, then your control circuit board will need to be repaired.
We regularly repair such control units for customers nationwide by mail for $39.95 postpaid in about a week with a one-year guarantee.
At our Web site, we have a video available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.
We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.
William E. "Ed" Miller, AS-EET
Posted on Mar 06, 2009
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