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Manufacturer #: WB08X10016 /
Manufactured by: GE /
Fix #: FIX230544
Manufacturer #: WB08X10016 |
Manufactured by: GE |
Fix #: FIX230544
I removed the bottom cover of the microwave. Unplugged the wiring harness. Replaced the damaged socket and inserted led bulbs so they would not overheat again. Put the screws back in the cover.
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Turn off electricity and pull plug from appliance. Remove 5 or six screws from the bottom panel of appliance. This allows you easy access to remove bulbs and sockets. Remove the two screws from the sockets and remove the wires clipped into the sockets. remove damaged sockets and bulbs if both need to be replaced. Insert wires onto new parts and place back into unit.Replace bottom panel and your repair is complete. Thank you for the parts and helpful instructions from you customers. Made the repair really easy.
Replacing the bulb socket should take less than 15 minutes and require only a Phillips head screwdriver. Unless, as was my experience, you find that the connections at the rear of the socket are fried. The insulated connectors were brittle and one wire was hanging loose. In that case you will need (female) spade connectors of two sizes and have to carefully strip new ends on the wires which are very fine. Finish by wrapping the connectors with electrical tape.
I took 5 screws out of the bottom of the microwave so I could get to the socket, took the single screw out that was holding the socket, slid the silicone sleeve wrapped electrical connectors off the broken socket and threaded them back onto the replacement sockets. Screwed the new sockets back it, replaced the bulbs, screwed the 5 screws back to hold the microwave base back up. All done! Maybe 5-7 minutes. Everything fit. Everything worked. Super Easy.
Dropped the bottom panel (4 Phillips screws) and removed the light sockets (1 Phillips screw on each socket) and the unplugged the wiring harness, this was a bit difficult as the shorting process required some jiggling to unplug ( I used a pair of needle nose pliers). Replaced the the harness and sockets in reverse order. This repair was very easy and it was obvious where the arcing took place when the bulb burned out. The harness and the sockets were bad and needed replacing however when they shorted out they also burned out the section of the control panel circuit board that controlled the lights and exhaust fan and that repair was a bit harder.
5 screws to take out and one for the socket. screw in bulb and replace socket with one screw and done...so simple, simple, simple.
Remove screws and reinstall
Ordered on Monday, received Wednesday morning. Took less than 10 minutes to replace the bulbs and sockets. The only problem is that the the micro switch is a 3-position. On, Nite Lite and Off. The replacement bulb is just On/Off. Really doesn't bother us all that much. Didn't see that we had a choice of bulbs.
This was really simple. After making sure the power to the lights was off, I removed three phillips head screws from the light panel. This is located at the bottom of the microwave. I then slid the panel forward about a quarter inch to free it. I then lowered it and removed the one screw holding the light socket in place, pulled the light socket out, replaced with the new one and slid the 2 connecting wires onto the terminals on the socket. The terminals are different sizes so you can't make a mistake there.
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