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Maytag microwave light bulb MMV5207BA/BC

This is the most unfriendly consumer problem I can remember ever dealing with. In order to change the Maytag microwave light bulb you need to practically disassemble the unit reach inside (small hands are needed) and when you replace the Maytag bulb with a standard 20 watt appliance bulb as the manual says, you discover that a standard bulb does not's too short and you can't get the replacement just anywhere...can you suggest where one can get Maytags "special" bulbs? I feel just a little better.

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  • grannymade Aug 21, 2008

    ...the difference between the bulbs are in the length of the pins.The Maytag bulb's pins are about 1/8th" longer than a standard 20watt pin appliance bulb like a Sunlite halogen #Q20Bipin.
    Pins are shorter so bulb don't stay in...light not almost seems intentional, and for sure an unnecessary annoyance.

  • cheekee Nov 28, 2008

    bulbs from Home Depot won't stay in, and if you manage to get it to stay in, only lasts about 1 week ..... also, can only find 35W version of these bulbs....



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A 20W, 120V replacement xenon halogen bulb with G8 base can be purchased from Lowe's.

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  • IamDexter Jan 03, 2011

    Found out the part number for the bulb: 4713?001165 - Lamp, Halogen

    I guess this was no longer manufactured so the most recent part is now called:

    WPL-4713-001165 (which is manufactured by Samsung and I found it pretty cheap at this site:


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Neither the service manual nor the parts list refer to any bulbs, so they must be standard types.

This should be a standard 20W "appliance bulb" available at grocery stores, home improvement centers (Lowe's, Home Depot, etc.), hardware stores, and places like Wal-Mart...

Are there any numbers on the bulb you can share with us?

Do they look like these?

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Posted on Aug 21, 2008

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    William Miller Aug 21, 2008

    Can you post a picture of the lamp you took out of the oven?

    Now you're talking about a halogen?

  • phnortel Oct 01, 2010

    You need to be an electrician or mechanic to get to the light bulb in this microwave. Then good luck in trying to find a replacement. Yuck they don't tell you this before you buy.


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The problem I had is that the base of the bulb was too wide for the socket. I ground down the glass edges of the bulb base and it slid right in. It did not take much, but, I had to grind down both sides. I used a diamond rasp bit in my Dremel medium speed.
My first thought was to grind down the receptica edges, but, the bulb is less expensive to replace.

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