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Kenmore Mircohood model# 721.80803401 Interior bulb is blown after 5 years of use. Manual says to replace with standard 35W halogen bulb. I bought one from home depot and tried to replace it. The bulb doesn't fit properly in the holder. It turns on by pushing a little bit, but as soon as you leave it, it turns off. Verified that the bulb looked exactly same as the original bulb, but still doesn't work. So far I have broken two replacement bulbs in the process.

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SOURCE: Kenmore microwave bulb issues

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:

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Posted on Jan 13, 2008

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SOURCE: Internal light does not come on

I found that by tapping the control panel, the internal light would flash. I opened the control panel and started tapping on circuit board components until I found one that seemed to consistently make the light flash. I resoldered the pins on the loose component and this completely solved the problem.

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SOURCE: Remove Kenmore Mod. # 5648598601 from wall.

A lot of those you can replace the bulb without taking it down. There should be screws at the top that lossen up the vent in the front. Remove the vent, might have to open the door and slide it to the left (a little latch) then you should see a filter that just comes out and behind that is the bulb. I would try that before taking it down Forgot to mention that in the other e-mail.

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SOURCE: Interior Microwave Light does not work

To find helpful exploded view diagrams and get part numbers, you can just enter your full model number 721.63664300 at the Sears parts site.
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Your post has two distinct model numbers shown, so it's hard to be precise, but I'll try my best.

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