Lens cracked and bulbs burned out

ApplianceGeneral Electric Microwave


Level of DifficultyReally easy

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of Appliance1 - 4 years



Nov 03, 2009

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First I removed the single screw holding the lens assembly in place. Then I lowered the assembly and tilted it until it came out. To remove the existing cracked glass lens there were four tabs bent down on it. By hand I lifted each tab just enough to remove the broken lens. I then replaced the broken lens with the new one and re-bent the tabs down by hand to secure them to the new lens.

The lens assembly, now removed, revealed the cavity that contained the two halogen bulbs. Since they were both burned out for days, they weren't hot so I could pull each one out by hand. The bulbs are secured by two straight heavy gauge wire leads and provided a little resistance but come out fairly easily. Make a mental note of the angle they came out so it will be easier to replace them with new ones.

You're not supposed to touch halogen bulbs with your bare hands, so I used the bubble wrap they came in as a means to hold the bulb while installing it.

Be sure to insert the bulbs at the same angle they came out so the pins do not get bent.

Once both bulbs are in place, replace the lens cover assembly by putting the end opposite where the screw hole goes in first on the right, then swing it up until flush and screw it down.

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Diagrams and Parts List for this repair

Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Glass Light Lens

Part Number: PS247275

In Stock

Halogen Light Bulb - 120V 20W

Part Number: PS2351821

In Stock