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Lighting Problem Neither the night light or work light will operate. Have installed new bulbs GE MVM1640 SpacemakerXL Microwave Oven: Night light went out.  As I was removing the bulb, it flashed and the second bulb went out as if a fuse blew.  New bulbs purchased and installed but they don't light. Everything else on the microwave works, including all control panel displays, even displaying "high" and "low" night light settings.  Why won't the new bulbs light? Thanks for your help: rlmilano@verizon.net

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  • harmonk Mar 07, 2008

    Pretty much the same problem except that the fan doesn't work either.

  • rlmilano Mar 09, 2008

    Thanks for the help and solution of the problem.  For the time being, we leave the oven as is and live without the lights even tho I bought a new set.

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We see this a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which we regularly repair nationwide for $39.95 postpaid.

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 operation, too. The lights and fan can be inoperable or stuck on too.

Details of our service and critical safety information and disassembly information is at our site, and our link is at our listing here on FixYa: http://tinyurl.com/yzjozk

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

Posted on Mar 07, 2008

  • William Miller
    William Miller Mar 10, 2008

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    TO rlmilano
    I understand, and I'm happy to help later if you are interested.

    TO harmonk
    Please refer back to my solution. The board problem we repair can affect the fan too.

    If you don't have us fix this, I would recommend setting up a small tabletop fan to keep steam and heat out of the microwave controls, since they can ruin the keypad and/or control board.

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