Over-The-Range Microwave - Interior Lamp Replacement

Over-the-Range Microwaves have one interior light. The light is typically visible on the upper right side of the microwave oven cavity. There typically is not a light located on the left side of the cavity. Not all Over-the-Range Microwaves have a consumer replaceable interior light. If your model has a consumer replaceable interior light, directions for replacing the light bulb will be provided in the Owner's Manual.


If the interior light needs to be replaced, consult the Owner's Manual for your specific model to see if there are interior light replacement directions.


If the Owner's Manual for your model does not provide instructions for lamp replacement, you may try the following:

  1. Unplug the microwave oven.

  2. Remove or open the vent grille or vent cover. Instructions for this are in the "Charcoal Filter Replacement" section of the Owner's Manual.

  3. Once the vent is removed or opened, look for a lamp compartment cover. If there is a lamp cover, remove the lamp compartment cover by removing the screw that holds the cover in place. If the cover is too difficult to access, a service technician will be required.

    • If you have a charcoal filter, remove it so that you can see the access area.

    • On some models, the access area is small and it can be difficult to get to the light cover.

  4. Remove the bulb.

    • For Incandescent lamps: Remove by pushing inward gently and turning counter-clockwise.

    • For Halogen lamps: Gently pull straight out.

  5. Replace the old light bulb with a new bulb of the same type and wattage.

  6. Replace the lamp compartment cover and vent grille.

  7. Plug in the microwave.


To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug this appliance from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.


Note: On model PVM9005, the glass window is tinted, so it may appear the interior light is not on. If you open the door and the light comes on, then the microwave is functioning properly.


You may purchase a light bulb for your GE Appliance microwave on our Parts site online.


For service, please schedule an appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.