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Broken bulb Our bulb burned out and when I went to remove it, the bulb broke out of the metal bulb base. I can't get the base out of the socket to replace the bulb. Any suggestions?

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Get yourself a cork from a bottle of wine (wait to drink the wine until after you've removed the bulb!). Now, with the power plug REMOVED from the wall socket, gently but firmly press the cork into the broken bulb. You should now be able to screw the broken bulb out of the socket. If there's not any bulb glass or shards or anything else for the cork to grip, you may need to insert a small pair of pliers into the socket, and with reverse pressure (i.e. pulling the handle apart as opposed to squeezing together) you may be able to remove the bulb. And if that doesn't work, well, keep trying. You just need to be creative. Try using needle nose pliers and grabbing the edge of the bulb socket and gently work to loosen (remember lefty loosy, righty tighty) turning counterclockwise to remove.

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The bulb broke in my Roper oven and I can't get the rest of it out.


* Call for service! High voltage(s) present!
*** The following is for information only. ***
* Remove oven and unplug. (Yes, you could trip out the breaker. But do you know enough to turn off the right one? Remember, you will be sticking something is a live socket.)
* Following is very dangerous! Use the back end of a rubber handled screw driver. Wear a glove and don't touch the metal parts of the oven with your other hand. Use dry towels if needed, to place around the oven door if you have to lean in. Remove all metal shelves. A small wooden handle (from a plumber's helper) can also substitute as well (if it's dry!)
* I'm guessing the bulb cracked or broke off the metal screw In base. With power OFF (you will be smashing the wires to the bulb that will probably short out.) Insert the blunt end (Handle side) into the light socket. Use a smaller handle if it does not fit. A broom handle should fit perfect. Press hard enough to get a grip and twist counter-clockwise to loosen the base. You may need to twist slowly back and forth to get the handle to 'bite' into the base. Be careful as the base comes out that you use a gloved hand to unscrew the base the rest of the way.
* This method works most of the time. Though it will not work on shorted/melted bulbs. This is caused by a bulb that was not seated properly and 'arced' welded the base to the contacts of the socket. This requires a complete replacement of socket and bulb.
* Final; Check your warranty as working on the oven may void it. Warranty periods may last years, so check first. Be safe and call your vendor for service.
Aloha, ukeboy57

PS; Though I don't think they use LEDs lamps INSIDE the oven as the heat will destroy them. But if it is an LED lamp then this method will not work. Call for service and replacement.

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The bulb broke in the oven and I can't get the rest of it out


* Call for service! High voltage(s) present!
*** The following is for information only. ***
* Remove oven and unplug. (Yes, you could trip out the breaker. But do you know enough to turn off the right one? Remember, you will be sticking something is a live socket.)
* Following is very dangerous! Use the back end of a rubber handled screw driver. Wear a glove and don't touch the metal parts of the oven with your other hand. Use dry towels if needed, to place around the oven door if you have to lean in. Remove all metal shelves. A small wooden handle (from a plumber's helper) can also substitute as well (if it's dry!)
* I'm guessing the bulb cracked or broke off the metal screw In base. With power OFF (you will be smashing the wires to the bulb that will probably short out.) Insert the blunt end (Handle side) into the light socket. Use a smaller handle if it does not fit. A broom handle should fit perfect. Press hard enough to get a grip and twist counter-clockwise to loosen the base. You may need to twist slowly back and forth to get the handle to 'bite' into the base. Be careful as the base comes out that you use a gloved hand to unscrew the base the rest of the way.
* This method works most of the time. Though it will not work on shorted/melted bulbs. This is caused by a bulb that was not seated properly and 'arced' welded the base to the contacts of the socket. This requires a complete replacement of socket and bulb.
* Though I don't think they use LEDs lamps INSIDE the oven as the heat will destroy them. But if it is an LED lamp then this method will not work. Call for service and replacement.
* Final; Check your warranty as working on the oven may void it. Warranty periods may last years, so check first. Be safe and call your vendor for service.
Aloha, ukeboy57

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Unplug the microwave oven and get a needlenose plier and a flashlight. Wear some hand protection since you are working with broken glass.

Most of the bulbs I have seen are screw thread mounts.

For the bulb with the broken glass, use the needlenose plier and try to find the screw thread for the bulb. It should be screwed in to the lamp socket of the microwave. Carefully grab a hold of the outer edge of the bulbs screw thread and turn it counterclockwise to loosen it from the base. You may only be able to turn it a quarter turn before letting go of the bulb's thread and getting a grip on a new position to continue turning. Inch your way to remove the broken bulb's thread.

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Please unplug the oven first!

This is pretty common and can be a pain. It's tacked in place with 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 new bulbs in it, please let me know if you the lights are still not working. This is usually a problem on the control board that can be easily repaired.

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

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First be sure the oven is unplugged whenever you are removing or installing light bulbs.

This is pretty common and can be a pain. It's tacked in place with 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 new bulbs in, if they don't work, that's circuit board damage which we repair for $39.95 for customers nationwide and you can feel free to contact me directly.

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

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