I have owned a GE Advantium oven for a little over two years now and I think it is about the neatest appliance that has come along in a long time (although it has been around for a while). I'll let you research why it is so cool. What is not cool is that in the two years I have had it, the lightbulb inside has burned out twice. I am not talking about the lamp that "browns" the food. I am talking about the lamp that allows you to "see" the food while the unit is running. If you think a light in a microwave is not so important, try heating up some soup without monitoring it...messy. Anyway, when the bulb failed the first time, I was at the tail-end of my warranty and with some convencing, was able to get GE to come and replace the bulb (they replaced a lot more parts than necessary, but for warranty work, who am I to complain?). Now less than a year later, the bulb is out again and is no longer covered by the warranty. Research at howtomendit.com reports that a service call to make this repair can cost as much as $180! I replaced the bulb using information I obtained from that same website and the repair cost me $4.95 at my local Home Depot. Considering that this is a common problem, I am hoping this instructable will help MANY unfortunate GE Advantium and Kenmore Elite customers.
Step 1: Securing Power and Preparation
One number two cross-tip screwdriver
One G8 base, 120V, 25W, halogen bulb (GE uses a 130V, 20W)
One pair of vinyl disposable gloves
Once the bulb is replaced, and the door is open, as soon as the the unit is plugged back in, the light will illuminate.
The vinyl gloves are a precaution to ensure you do not contaminate the surface of the halogen bulb which can significantly reduce its longevity.
All parts were purchased at Home Depot.
Step 2: Remove the Grill
Step 3: Grill Out, You're Almost Done (can You Belive a Tech Charges Almost 200 Bucks to Do This?)
Step 4: Bulb Replacement
Step 5: Replace Bulb and Relflector
You may want to test the bulb before the grill is back on. It's up to you.
Step 6: Restore Power and Pat Yourself on the Back
ONE FINAL NOTE: I have attached a pic of the bulb, GE uses for the unit. It is a different brand than the one I used. Hopefully, the new bulb will last more than a year.