Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Locating and Changing a Microwave Light Bulb

Running a microwave oven is a common part of most daily routines. In many homes, the microwave gets an ample amount of use every day. That causes wear and tear which eventually creates the need for some simple appliance fixes.

One of the most common issues that will eventually impact a microwave affects the unit’s light bulb. These are not built to last forever, although changing them is a quick and inexpensive fix. However, there are important points to remember when doing this. The first important point is that doing it wrong can cause a short in the main board circuit. That is why it is recommended to always unplug the unit before changing out the light bulb.

In units that are built into the wall, power should still be disconnected before changing the bulb. This can be done by switching the circuit breaker off.

There are other steps to follow during this process as it is not as clear-cut as changing a light bulb around the house. The first step is to locate the bulb. Most light bulbs are located in one of three spots. One location is in the oven chamber, which is typically found behind a grill that can be easily removed by taking out a screw or undoing a snap.

There are also microwaves that fit the bulb in the rear of the unit. It is typically located in a recessed area and is held in place by a couple of screws. The final location can be the most difficult when it comes to removal. Some units house the bulb inside the unit and that requires a complete removal of the unit’s cover. 

The bulbs used in microwaves are different from a typical household bulb. However, they unscrew in the same manner and are easily removed once you locate them. This process may seem simple, but it is important to do it the right way because shorting out your main circuit board can elevate your microwave problems tenfold.

There are other issues that can affect a microwave and keep it from working as it should. That is why there is no need to create any unnecessary problems when changing out a light bulb. The interlock switch on the door, the unit’s fuses and the generator must all work together so take proper precautions when conducting any kind of microwave repair, no matter how simple it may seem.