Question about Microwave Ovens
First be sure the oven is unplugged whenever you are removing or installing light bulbs.
This is pretty common and can be a pain. It's tacked in place with hot glue, and sometimes there may have been enough moisture to corrode and seize up.
You could heat it up (hair dryer, maybe?) then use needle nose pliers. Be careful if heating so you don't burn anything.
You may be able to put the tips of needle nose pliers inside the broken bulb's socket, gently but firmly force the pliers jaws apart and then rotate the pliers to loosen it.
Another cool trick is to put a big glob of hot glue on the end of a stick or dowel, then shove it into the broken base and let it cool about 5 minutes, then turn the stick.
I like to put a little WD-40 or rust buster on the threads of the new bulb, too. Grease, Vaseline, cooking oil, or anything like that will work. Just a thin coat.
Once you get new bulbs in, if they don't work, that's circuit board damage which we repair for $39.95 for customers nationwide and you can feel free to contact me directly.
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William E. Miller
Posted on Aug 02, 2008
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