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Microwave bulb replacement

I have a KitchenAid model KEMC378 in-wall microwave/over combo. Like others on this thread, my bulb burned out and customer service said that I need a service technician to come to the house to replace it.

Is there an easy fix that I'm likely to be able to handle, without damaging the microwave? The manual doesn't even mention bulb replacement.

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The oven will need to come down from the wall so the outer cover can be taken off. Then you'll see the light socket(s).

It's recommend due to the weight and awkwardness of the oven that two people do this job.

If you don't still have your installation instructions, you can download them here, but you should use you full model number, as opposed to the base KEM378.

This uses a fairly common halogen bulb, but I'm not sure of the wattage. It should be marked on the bulb or on a tag near the reflector.

You must not touch the new one with your bare skin, as the oils will shorten the bulb life.

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