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Re: How do I replace the bulb inside the oven?
We can probably give you more specific info if you give us a brand and model number. But here's the generic answer:
Manufacturers used to include access panels in the rear or side so you could easily change the bulb. That exposed the customer to 110V connectors, and that posed a real liability threat, so they stopped using them.
You now must generally remove the outer cover to replace the bulb.
In many over-the-range models, that can mean having to take the oven down from the wall! For safety's sake, that should be a two-person job and it's really helpful if you have your original installation instructions to do this.
Many models use one halogen lamp to illuminate the cooktop and another to illuminate the cavity. You must not touch them with your bare skin as the oils will shorten the bulb life.
Again, reply back with brand and model and maybe we can get more specific.
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to replace the bulb in microwave ovens you will have to take the outside case off the unit as the bulb placement is not accessible from inside the oven
when you get to the bulb take it to an appliance repair shop and they will have a bulb
Most microwave ovens lamps' outlast the life of the microwave. So, most of them do not have access covers for the oven lamp. The lamp has to be replaced from inside the unit. Also, the newer units tend to use bulb assemblies rather than just a screw in type bulb. Call Whirlpools 800 help line or your local appliance parts store and have them look it up for you.
1:Unplug the microwave oven from the outlet. Wait 20 minutes for the capacitor that is inside the microwave to discharge.
2:Unscrew all the screws around the casing by turning them counterclockwise.
3:Remove the cover by lifting off.
4:Locate the light bulb in the microwave. This will be located on either the right or left side.
5:Unscrew the light bulb by unscrewing counterclockwise. Some light bulbs are held into the socket by two notches; for these you will need to gently push on the bulb and turn counterclockwise to unsecure the bulb, then pull out of the socket.
6: Place your new bulb in the empty socket and secure by turning clockwise until tight, or if the bulb is one with notches on both sides, then guide the notches into the slot on the socket, push gently and turn clockwise until clicked into position.
7: Replace the cover and screw back on. You are now done and may plug back in the microwave.
Warning : Unplug the microwave before starting and wait 20 minutes for any residual electricity to be bled off from the capacitor.
Most home improvement stores and even some Walmarts/Chain grocery stores/Ace Hardware carry replacements. You will need to remove the cover from the microwave oven on most models unless your bulb is inside a protective cover inside the actual oven. Take the bulb with you when you go to make certain of a proper match. Be certain to unplug the oven if you need to remove the cover in any case.
two VERY important things... first, turn off the breaker (power) to the unit, and second, do NOT touch the bulb with your bare hands (use thin gloves or rubber gloves), you don't want to get any thing on the bulb, like grease. I don't know this exact model but, to remove the bulb, there should be a grill on top of the microwave, take that off and there should be a panel above the bulb inside, remove that and you should be able to reach the bulb now.