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WAIT!!! Before you just take the lamp cover off and try to replace the bulb that way, which would MAKE SENSE!!!, stop! All you'll do is snap the bulb off, leaving the metal screwy end of the bulb in the socket. Believe me - it happened to me. Twice.

The only way to ensure that you'll be able to get the entire bulb out, because the only way you can actually SEE what you're doing, is to remove the bottom cover of the microwave. It's about 6 screws along the underneath surface of the unit. After removing the screws, the front of the cover will hang down and the rear will stay nested in a groove at the back. At this point, you'll be able to see the backs of the light sockets. Remove the two screws on either side of the sockets, and you can gently pull the bulbs out of the housing so you can actually see and work with them.

Chances are, the bulbs have been GLUED into the sockets with silicone, which GE says it does to prevent moisture from getting into the sockets. Right. Then why is it that the replacement lamps work just fine without being glued in?! Anyway - GE actually instructs in the manual to "run a knife around the edge of the socket" to break the silicone seal. Hmmm..Sounds safe to me.

So, after you've eliminated the silicone one way or another, just gently unscrew the lamp like you would any other.

Trust me - you do not want to try to remove the lamps without removing the bottom cover. Oh, yeah - most importantly, unplug the microwave first! Good luck.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

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How do I replace the bulb in a Kenmore Microwave Oven, model number 363.63693302
Thanks, Jacob.

Posted on Sep 30, 2008

  • adipuzha Sep 30, 2008

    You say, "Take the cover off the oven". How do I remove the cover? How do I approach the bulb? Bulb for inside light and bulb for bottom light? Please explain. Thanks

  • adipuzha Sep 30, 2008

    Where is the cover of the bulbs?

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BEFORE YOU REPLACE THE LIGHT IN THE OVEN. PULL THE PLUG FROM THE WALL! THEN TAKE THE COVER OFF THE OVEN. LOOK FOR THE LAMP. TAKE THE TWO WIRES OFF
THE BASE OF THE LAMP THEM TAKE THE TWO SCREWS
OUT THE LAMP BASE. PUT IT BACK IN THE SAME ORDER
THAT YOU TOOK IT APART.

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