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Light bulbs My GE 1660 micro goes through light bulbs like crazy. I replace the tubular 40W bulbs every 2-3months with GE bulbs but they keep burning out. Any ideas what is causing this?

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Fan may have a lot of vibration. or the MAGNETRON is kicking back a jolt. or your slamming the door too hard.

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