Question about GE Spacemaker JVM1640SJ Microwave Oven
My microwave has two tubular bulbs for illuminating the range below. One is constantly burning out bulbs (they only last for a day or two). I checked the specs, which call for a 40-watt bulb, and that's what I am using. Any ideas? The other bulb (the left one) seems to be fine. P.S. I did not disconnect the power before changing the bulb, but the lights were in the off position.
That does sound odd! On one hand, I would suspect that maybe the door is getting slammed and that vibration may be contributing to the failure. But that would be much more likely for an incandescent bulb than a fluorescent type. Which is yours? You may have a bad connection on the socket which is causing some excess heat. Does the blown bulb look funny on the ends or at the connection? Assuming you're using the bulb your manual calls for, and the socket is okay, it may be a problem on the control board. Once you've digested this reply, let me know what you find and we can take it from there.
Posted on Oct 20, 2006
I too am having problems with a GE Spacemaker eating bulbs. Mine are the bottom lights to light a stove top, not the interior oven light. There are two small halogen bulbs. I bought them on-line, the brand is Bulbrite. They are not easy to find, but I will try Lowes or Walmart next.
Posted on Jun 19, 2007
Is they are left on all the time, this can reduce their life, and they are more susceptible to vibration.
Have you checked at home center or home improvement centers like Lowe's, Builder's Square or Home Depot?
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Always be sure the microwave is unplugged or the breaker is off when installing or removing bulbs, and be sure the bulbs and and your hands are clean when installing them.
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Posted on Feb 14, 2009
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