Changing an Oven Lightbulb at a Glance
- Step 1: Shut off power
- Step 2: Locate lightbulb
- Step 3: Remove bulb cover
- Step 4: Replace lightbulb
- Step 5: Place bulb cover back
That little light in the back of your oven may be one of its most useful features. It lets you check on the cooking process to make sure things are rising or browning as they should be — and that you’re not going to end up with a charred mess. Most importantly, it shines some light on your culinary masterpieces without the need to open the oven door.
Buy the Right Bulb
First, you need to purchase the correct replacement lightbulb. Most ovens use a standard 40-watt incandescent appliance bulb, but others may require halogen bulbs up to 50 watts. For example, most GE ovens use one of three types, depending on the model:
- 40-watt appliance bulb
- 120/130-volt halogen bulb with two straight pin terminals
- 120/130-volt halogen bulb with two looped terminals
Check your oven’s user manual for the bulb type. You can also usually find the specifications printed on the old bulb.
1. Cut the Power
Make safety a priority. Before attempting to remove the dead lightbulb, make sure the oven is completely cooled down to avoid burning yourself. As lightbulb replacement is an electrical job, it’s also a good idea to unplug the appliance. If the plug is located behind the stove and is difficult to reach, it may be easier to flip the circuit breaker.
2. Clear a Workspace and Find the Bulb
Removing all the racks from inside the stove makes it easier to reach the bulb. No matter the type of oven you have, the light will be protected by a cover. Halogen bulb covers are quite small, while incandescent bulb covers are bulkier and easier to spot.
The light is usually located at the back of the oven, in the top left- or right-hand corner. Use a flashlight to help locate it.
3. Remove the Lightbulb Cover
Once you’ve located the bulb cover, take a look to see if it’s secured with wire clips or a metal ring. These need to be released before you remove the cover. Most should come off with a gentle counterclockwise twist.
If you’re struggling to remove the cover, try wiggling it from side to side. If it still doesn't budge, the cover could be stuck due to grease buildup. It’s probably been a while you last gave the appliance a good wipe down, hasn’t it? Use this as an excuse to give your oven a thorough clean after which the bulb’s cover should come off easily.
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