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Can't remove light bulb part from the fan unit. It's stuck!

The fan light on my spacemaker microwave is stuck in the socket. The bulb came out, but the rest of it is still in there. How do I get it out?

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Make sure the microwave is either unplugged, or if hardwired, turn the breaker off.
Spray a little WD-40 between the stuck base of the bulb and the socket and let it sit for a few minutes.
There are several ways to do this, depending upon how much room you have to get your hands in.
You can take a pair of needle nose pliers and open them inside the base of the bulb so that the ends of the pliers are jammed against the side, and turn to your left with both hands.
you can jam something like one plastic coated handle of electrician's wire cutters in the socket so you hold the other end and the friction gets it started.
Once you get it broken loose, you should be able to take of side of the socket with the needle nose pliers and grab hard, and turn to your left. As long as the power is off, you can't get hurt and you won't hurt anything.

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