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I've had my oven for about 3 months, and the light does not work anymore. I cannot see where to put in a new bulb. Can you tell me where it would be located?

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Hello Pam. Go to this diagram of your microwave and you will see part number 5015 which is the bulb and it's location in the ceiling of the microwave. Joe

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Inside light

1. Disconnect power to oven.
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You could heat it up (hair dryer, maybe?) then use needle nose pliers. Be careful if heating so you don't burn anything.

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