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Microwave surface light keeps tripping circuit

Microwave surface light keeps tripping circuit

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    Default Microwave surface light keeps tripping circuit

    Good Morning! Yesterday I was cooking dinner using my indoor tabletop grill, and my deep fryer. I was not even using my (over the stove) microwave, when I heard a "pop" and realized it had tripped the circuit. Note: I believe the microwave is on its own circuit. I reset the circuit. However, now every time I press the "surface light" button, the circuit is tripped again. I took out the light bulbs for the surface light and it happened again. The microwave seems to be cooking fine as usual, the vent fan works fine. I can manage without the light under the microwave, however, I'm afraid to use the microwave at all for fear of starting a fire. Please help! Thanks, Elaine

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    What type of light is it? If it has some sort of ballast then that has probably gone bad.
    As long as you don't turn on the light you should be fine.

    Post a make and model for further assistance.
    Operation Overlord.

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    It is an incandescent surface light for the GE Spacemaker XL model GEJVM1440

    I appreciate your help

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    Hi all,

    JVM1440
    That is the beginning of a full model#.
    http://www.applianceaid.com/model-number.php Some model# helps.

    However, now every time I press the "surface light" button, the circuit is tripped again. I took out the light bulbs for the surface light and it happened again.
    Could be a shorted/pinched wire for the lights ( rare ), could be a section of the printed circuit on the board let go ( common )....would have to be investigated.

    I'm afraid to use the microwave at all for fear of starting a fire
    In 34 years I have not seen any catch fire

    jeff.
    http://www.applianceaid.com/
    Appliance Repair Aid

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