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Light failures We have now had light 4 failures of the overhead bulbs ...part# WB36X10003. These bulbs are expensive and it feels as tho we are feeding a bottomless pit. Is there another bulb that replaces this bulb? I did note that on a prior question someone mentioned using a 20w halogen. Thanks

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  • dshaw822 Nov 15, 2008

    I have a GE JVM1640WB007 over range microwave. It's been a great microwave with no problems until about a year ago. One of the bulbs under the microwave burnt out and we replaced it. A couple of weeks go by and the other bulb blew. We replaced that one also. Again, a couple of weeks go by and a bulb goes out again. We replace it again. This has been going on for a year. What is the deal?

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The bulb should be squeaky clean prior to installation. If any oils from the skin get on the bulb (or grease from cooking) that will shorten its life considerably. Always use the hood fan when cooking on the stovetop to prevent buildup of grease or moisture inside the microwave controls or cooktop lights. It might be that the door is being slammed while the bulbs are on - that can shorten their life, too. You might visit a home center (Home Depot or Lowe's, etc.) and see if they have any higher quality non-Chinese bulbs. Always be sure to disconnect power from the microwave completely before removing or installing the bulbs. Failure to do so can damage the control board. We repair a lot o control boards because of this type or failure.

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