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Light bulb issues

I have an original 1979 spacemaker and the light bulb went out and i am not sure how to change it. All I need are simple directions on how to do it.

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You can download most recent GE owner's manuals and installation instructions here.

If the owner's manual doesn't cover it and there's no obvious cover on the side or rear, you'll have to remove the outer wrapper.


See these files:
http://wwww.microwavedisplay.com/safety.txt
http://wwww.microwavedisplay.com/disassembly.txt

The light is usually located on the right side in the air duct attached to the magnetron or on the top of the oven cavity.

Most bulbs can be matched up at hardware stores, home improvement centers, and places like Wal-Mart or even large grocery stores.

You can find handy exploded views and order parts by model number here.

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

Posted on Sep 20, 2009

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