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Microwave range top lights

Thanks for your help! First the switch for these lights failed, and I just kept the lights on all the time. Then I was changing a bulb, and I didn't think to cut power at breaker. The light bulb flashed in my hand and burned out the whole lighting system. The other functions of the machine all work normally. I have opened the housing to look for burnt fuses/wires and found nothing. Thanks again for advice!!

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  • Greg May 25, 2008

    I have the same exact issue with mine. I forgot to unplug the thing when I changed the bulb and it broke in my hand. The fan now does not work. You say that the part is $39.95? ....it is a controller? I would be interested in purchasing this part. Does it have install instructions? I also cannot get the broken bulb out of the socket. I tried with Plyers for about an hour and at this point I need to just replace the wiring assembly for the lights as well. Can you supply that product as well?

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This looks like a new entry as opposed to a reply, so I don;t know what advice you got or from whom.

But based on your problem, I'd say I know your problem.

We see (and repair) this a lot. The problem is on the control panel, which we regularly repair nationwide by mail 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.

William E. Miller, AS-EET
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http://www.microwavedisplay.com

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