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BOTH OF THE COOKTOP/NIGHT LIGHT BULBS NEEDED REPLACEMENT. When removing, both bulbs snapped off their base. Used a pair of needle nose pliers to loosen the lamp bases and removed. Replace with two new 40 watt appliance bulbs and the light still does not work. Are thse bulbs controlled by a fuse? Everything else of the MW is working properly.

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  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Went to change cooktop lightbulb and found that the bulb was broken away from the threaded portion where it screws in. Bulb was hanging by a thread which came off in my hand. How do I remove the broken off portion and can I replace with any 40 watt appliance bulb?

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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 or so.

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.

This can often also affect the exhaust fan, cooling fan, turntable, and/or inside light operation, too.

Details of our service are at our Web site, along with a video showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly in under 5 minutes.

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So please reply back directly to me for more information.

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Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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