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GE Over the Range Microwave (JVM1840DWW)


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#1 Milanomike

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 10:34 PM

Hi,

 

I've been searching around and can't find much on this one.  My over the range microwave surface light bulb burned out a few weeks back.  No big deal, over to Lowes, a new 40 watt bulb and 4 bucks later, done.  That bulb lasted about a month.  

 

OK, maybe it wasn't quite the right bulb, over to the appliance parts place and they have a GE brand bulb for 15 beans and an aftermarket one for 7 beans, these guys are generally good, so I take the 7 buck one and off I  go (as I know the GE one is junk anyhow).  The guy warned that there could be a problem with this unit.  Well that bulb lasted 4 days.

 

Anyone seen this before?  Microwave makes microwaves, and fan works on both speeds, sure is annoying with no light.

 

As always, any tips are appreciated.

 

Mike

 

 



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Posted 11 January 2014 - 11:35 PM

Is that the screw base bulb?I use a Satco 130 Volt version of it and they last longer.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 11:45 AM

Yes, it is a screw base bulb, small base I think.  Searching around I don't see this anywhere.

 

I have not taken anything apart, but the entire bulb holder/fixture seems pretty flimsy.  Thinking I'll at least stick my meter in there and see what voltage this thing is sending to that socket, maybe that will provide a hint.  Will see what I can learn.  Thanks for the input.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 11:51 AM

OK, it was a 130 volt, 40 watt bulb that lasted 4 days, something is messed up here.



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 11:56 AM

Hi,

 

Originally put this in the small appliance forum, but realized these seem to be covered in the kitchen appliance forum, sorry for what might be a double post.

 

I've been searching around and can't find much on this one.  My over the range microwave surface light bulb burned out a few weeks back.  No big deal, over to Lowes, a new 40 watt bulb and 4 bucks later, done.  That bulb lasted about a month.  

 

OK, maybe it wasn't quite the right bulb, over to the appliance parts place and they have a GE brand bulb for 15 beans and an aftermarket one for 7 beans, these guys are generally good, so I take the 7 buck one and off I  go (as I know the GE one is junk anyhow).  The guy warned that there could be a problem with this unit.  Well that bulb lasted 4 days.

 

Anyone seen this before?  Microwave makes microwaves, and fan works on both speeds, sure is annoying with no light.  My latest bulb was a 130 volt bulb, seems like something is wrong with the unit somewhere.

 

As always, any tips are appreciated.

 

Mike



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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:39 PM

Did you try replacing it with the OEM bulb for this model?  http://www.repaircli...36X10003/259682

 

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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:08 AM

Well, I used the OEM replacement bulb, not the GE branded bulb from the local appliance parts place (not a HD/Lowes, just appliance parts), we looked up the p/n (WB36X10003) from my GE microwave manual.  The bulb looked identical to the original bulb (not the Lowes bulb) and was a 130 volt bulb.  I can check to see if there is a brand name on it. Are you suggesting that I should purchase the official GE branded bulb, I'm somewhat skeptical as I doubt GE makes the bulb these days.  Thanks for input.



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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:34 AM

 I doubt GE makes the bulb these days.  Thanks for input.

 

 

I can pretty much guarantee you that GE does NOT make the bulb.  But the actual manufacturer is unimportant.  What is important is the bulb SPECIFICATIONS.  And I can guarantee you that GE wrote the specifications for the bulb and the contracted supplier is manufacturing them to those specifications (or attempting to within statistical process control variations).  






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