I have been a mechanical electrical engineer for just under 30 years and am blowed if I CAN FIND A WAY TO GET IT OUT I think it is on the control panel side but when i remove the small fibreglass panel I can feel the bulb on what is like a chute no way will it turn,push in or anything else.Seems mad where it is but you can just get a finger and thumb upto it.
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Re: light bulb changing
That mica panel is the waveguide cover, and what you're feeling in there is the magnetron antenna.
there's no other removable cover inside the cooking cavity, (and the owner's
manual doesn't address it) some disassembly may be required.
Always unplug a microwave before removing or installing any bulbs.
it's an over the range type, remove the vent grille across the top and
see if bulbs can be accessed there. There may be a panel on the bottom
covering the light(s), instead.
If not, chances are
you'll have to remove it from the wall, then remove the outer cover. If
so, the installation instructions are very handy, and it's best to have two people since the microwave can be heavy and awkward.
Once it's out of the wall, the outer cover (wrapper) will need to be removed, just as you'll need to do on a counter top model.
screws you need to remove should be pretty obvious, and a special
driver (such as a T20H Torx type or GTXH20-100) may be needed.
Be sure to put all the screws back in the right holes, since some may be special grounding screws.
Bulbs can be had in most grocery stores, hardware stores, home improvement centers, and big box or department stores.
Many models use halogen lamps. You must not touch the new one with your bare skin, as the oils will shorten the bulb life.
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Things You'll Need
30-watt incandescent light bulb
Unplug the Magic Chef microwave from the wall outlet.
Remove the screw from the light cover located on the left side of the underside of the microwave. The light cover is connected to a hinge and will lower, but cannot be removed from the microwave.
Unscrew the light bulb, then screw in the new light bulb. hope this helps
If it is at all like a plain microwave oven, you will have to remove the screw for the cover to access the insides and likely will find that the light is not a simple screw-in bulb but a sealed package with a spare of spade terminals on top. It may be held in by one or more screws.
It is possible that this could be like a new conventional oven where you have to remove a light cover inside the cavity to access the bulb and change it
To replace oven light: 1. Disconnect power at main fuse or circuit breaker or
pull plug. 2. Remove the top grill by taking out the 2 screws that
hold it in place. (See Figures 3.) 3. Remove charcoal filter. 4. Pull out the Lamp cover. (See Figure 4.) 5. Replace the light bulb with a 30-watt bulb. 6. Replace light housing to original position 7. Replace charcoal filter. 8. Replace top grill and secure with screws. 9. Connect electrical power.
see and repair this a lot. The problem is on the control board, which we
regularly repair for $39.95 nationwide.
This light failure often occurs when a bulb goes out and the filament shorts, or
when the bulbs are removed or installed without first unplugging the oven from
the power line. Either can cause such a failure on the controller.
The lights can can be inoperable or stuck on
or stuck in "night light" mode. Sometimes this will similarly affect the fan
operation or inside light, too.
We'd also recommend buying top-quality bulbs.
They can blow if subjected to vibration such as door
slamming or a weak floor, or electrical fluctuation, especially if they are
cheap bulbs or they are left on all night.
Instead of having the board repaired, you
can order a new control circuit board / smart board if that's economical, and
since your sockets are bad, they will need to be replaced, too.
You can find links to helpful exploded view diagrams and
part ordering help
here. I recommend that you bookmark that link to your
There's a YouTube video
available showing how to remove a typical over the range control panel assembly
in under 5 minutes.
If you're changing the board yourself, you'll need to
detach the keypad connector:
Some connectors will have a lock.
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Unfortunately, there is a good chance that when the bulb shorted out, it damaged the control board. The only way to know for sure is to do some electrical testing with a volt/ohm meter and the wiring diagram located within the appliance. The relays for the fan and the lights are part of the board. The power should always be disconnected when these bulbs are replaced or the board will be damaged. We would have an appliance repair person take a look to see what the deal is with the microwave.
Remove the light bulb, if it still blows the fuse then it's not a bulb
problem. More than likely the Magnetron has gone bad and is shorting.
Be extremely carefull working inside any Microwave, it can be very
dangerous! Sorry to say, but it sounds like it would be an expensive
repair compared to a new (or used) oven.
I also have had a problem with the glass part of the surface light bulb separating from the metal base when trying to change the bulbs under my G.E. Spacemaker Microwave.. I see someone used a carrot or potato but I had not seen this suggestion before I whittled one end of a wine cork small enough to insert into the metal part of the old bulb stuck in the socket. It also worked great and in no time I was able to get the old base out and replace the bulb. I'll save the cork for next time because it seems to happen to at least one of the bulbs everytime they need to be changed. DON'T FORGET TO UNPLUG THE MICROWAVE FIRST!
This is a problem with the control board, which we commonly repair for $32.50. This is caused by not disconnecting the microwave from the power line when removing or installing a bulb. Feel free to e-mail me at _ for more information or visit _ for full details.