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MH1150XMQ Lower Light Stopped Working

The light that shines down over the stove went out. I went to change the bulb and the glass part broke off, leaving the metal part in socket. After trying to get it out, ruined it and had to replace the whole light socket.

I took the old socket off, leaving the two wire leads exposed and they touched, causing a little electrical short (leaving little scorch marks on metal ends of leads). I then (should've done this first - doh!), cut the power to the microwave and installed replacement socket, slipping the leads back on the prongs of the new socket, but the light won't work at all.

I checked the only fuse I could find in the unit (behind the control panel) and it was okay. Does anyone know if there's more than one fuse in the unit, and where it may be - or do you know any other reason that would keep the light from turning on now? Really would like to get that lower light working again. Thanks for your help.

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  • hootmonkey Aug 17, 2008

    The complete unit# is MH1150XMQ-3:



    1) The light that shines down over the stove went out. I went to change the bulb and the glass part of the bulb broke off, leaving the metal part in the socket. After trying to get it out, ruined it and had to replace the whole light socket.

    2) I took the old socket off, leaving the two wire leads exposed and they touched, causing a little electrical short (leaving little scorch marks on metal ends of leads). I then (should've done this first - doh!), cut the power to the microwave and installed replacement socket, slipping the leads back on the prongs of the new socket, but now the light won't work at all.

    3) I checked the only fuse I could find in the unit (behind the control panel) and it was okay. Does anyone know if there's more than one fuse in the unit, and where it may be - or do you know any other reason that would keep the light from turning on now?



    Really would like to get that lower light working again. Thanks for any electrical insight or help you can offer to this problem.



  • nerkowski Nov 11, 2008

    I have the same problem except I'm not getting any power to the unit what-so-ever!



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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.

Feel free to contact me directly.

We're happy to help you with free advice and we'd appreciate your thoughtful rating of our answer.

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Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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