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Light doesn't work on my over-the-range microwave oven

The light bulb burned out inside my microwave a few yrs. ago, so I unscrewed it to replace it, but then found the exterior light underneath the microwave didn't work. I called the company (Whirlpool) and was told that I should have read the manual before changing the burned out bulb....Can you imagine? Anyway, due to the fact that I did not unplug the microwave before unscrewing the bulb, I screwed-up something in the mother board. (What engineer designs this stuff)? At that time, I was told it would cost over $100.00 to replace the motherboard. All because of a burned out bulb. Since that time I have been looking for a light I could attach to the bottom of the microwave & plug into an outlet, but have not been able to find something that will work. I can't screw into the bottom of the microwave to attach a light & the stick-up ones are too heavy & want to fall down. The little circular ones don't give enough light. Do you have any suggestions outside of replacing the whole microwave? I wish I could find one that is magnetized, due to the fact that the bottom of the microwave is metal. Thank you.

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Absolutely. 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
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http://www.microwavedisplay.com

Posted on Mar 14, 2009

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