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Light bulb replacement in a Tappan Microwave

I have a 1993 Tappan 56-9833 Microwave. I cannot find where the bulb is located. Do I have to remove the cover or is it replaceable from the inside of the oven?

I have had this for 15 years and the light just went out. I specs a 40W bulb.

Thanks,
Mike

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  • aspake Dec 25, 2008

    Where is the light bulb in my Tappan Turnabout Microwave Oven, model 56-4877. I bought the microwave in 1989, and the bulb just burned out.



    The microwave was made in August 1988, and the bulb is not visible. No covered bulb-like things inside.



    Thanks.

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Hi Mike.

Difficult to say on yours. You may try the following. On the back or side, if there is a little cover that's screwed into the panel. Otherwise browse around on the inside. Be sure to unplug the micro before checking. Once found be sure to replace with a microwave lamp and not a fridge lamp. There is a difference. Good Luck,JUS004

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