Replacing the Cooktop Light in an Over the Range Microwave

Over-the-range microwaves have a cooktop light underneath to allow you to better see the food you're cooking. If your microwave was manufactured 1990 or newer and you need to replace the light, follow these guidelines:

  1. Below the microwave is the light cover with 1 Phillips head screw. Remove the screw, but be careful not to lose it. This is usually not a part we stock.
  2. Take your thumb and push up towards the floor of the microwave and the trap door should swing open on a hinge.
  3. Remove the bulb by pushing it in and turning 1/4 turn.
  4. Replace with a bulb of the same wattage. Check the bulb or your Owner's Manual for bulb size and wattage.
  5. When installing a new bulb, do not touch it with your bare hands, especially if it is a halogen bulb. Oil from your skin will cause early failure of the bulb. Always wear clean gloves or use a clean cloth when installing these bulbs.

Silicone SealSome lights (lamps) have a clear silicone seal around the base of the bulb. This is used to seal the bulb in so that moisture does not affect the operation of the lamp. To unscrew the bulb, the seal must be broken.

  1. Disconnect power to the microwave.
  2. Take a sharp knife, and be careful not to cut yourself. Run the tip of the knife around the base of the bulb where it meets the bulb holder. This will cut the seal and allow the bulb to be unscrewed.
  3. It may take more than one pass with the knife to cut the seal enough to loosen. If you cannot do this after several attempts, you will need a service technician out to your home.
Note: The interior light bulbs in countertop, built in and some over the range model microwave are not consumer replaceable, a service technician would be required to replace the bulb.

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