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You likely knocked a wire loose on the door interlock switch. Also check seating of all connectors elsewhere in the unit.

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How do i gain access to the bulb to replace it?

I assume you're talking about the light that is inside the microwave & not the cook top light. Unplug unit. Normally your microwave will have a plastic or metal panel on the top front or back of the unit. (The bulb is not always changed from the inside of the unit.) Simply remove the few screws that hold the panel on & remove it. This should give you simple access to the bad bulb. Replace bulb then reassemble. Some free standing units require the entire outside enclosure be removed.


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How do you change the bulb

on some models check inside top of unit for a removable panel where the bulb is located / on other units there is a small cover on the top back of the unit where the bulb is located

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Kenmore over range microwave oven / no power at all

Unfortunately, there is a good chance that when the bulb shorted out, it damaged the control board. The only way to know for sure is to do some electrical testing with a volt/ohm meter and the wiring diagram located within the appliance. The relays for the fan and the lights are part of the board. The power should always be disconnected when these bulbs are replaced or the board will be damaged. We would have an appliance repair person take a look to see what the deal is with the microwave.

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How do I change the light bulb in this unit?

it has to be opened up to be able to change the bulb , but there is a dangerous high voltage capacitor that you should not touch as it still will hold a charge

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Where is the light bulb on JES738WJ GE microwave oven? I need to change it as it burned out. Thanks.

Took cover off unit to expose bulb. However, was not able to remove bulb by pulling, or unscrewing. Guess the entire bulb "unit" must be replaced.

Jul 25, 2008 | Microwave Ovens

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Microwave went completely dead after changing bulb- probably blew the internal fuse. This time...turn off the power. Remove the button panel and search for the blown fuse. It might be ceramic or of some other type. If on a circuit board, there will be a xxxA with xxx indicating the amperage. Use a multitester available at Ace or Radio Shack to test. Replace with the same kind of unit. Your local auto store, appliance parts guy, Radio Shack or Sears parts can get you the part you need. Show them the old one.

Dec 17, 2007 | Whirlpool MH3185XP Microwave Oven

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Replaced light bulbs, lights still don't work

there is no fuse power comes staight from the transformer on the board. the only possible fuse is the main fuse that will kill all the power

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How do you change the bulb

First, take off the cover and you will see the bulb. You must have the unit unplugged and do not touch anything else inside the unit after you take off the cover. Theres a capacitor in there that holds a big charge.. Change the bulb as you may have to go to the hardware store as it may not be a regular bulb Most are not. Good Luck

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Hood lights

This is a problem with the control board, which we commonly repair for $32.50. This is caused by not disconnecting the microwave from the power line when removing or installing a bulb.

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