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There are a few reasons why oven light bulbs can blow sooner than you expect. The issue may be fairly easily remedied, or it may require the attention of a trained specialist. Let's find out what may be causing your GE oven light to blow.


If you've gone through a series of light bulbs—all the same make, model, and spec—there's a chance the issue is with the bulb rather than the oven. Make sure you're only using the specific type of bulb recommended by your appliance's user manual. The correct wattage, connectors, and dimensions are all crucial, as well as a specific designation that a bulb is rated for appliance use. A bulb that isn't rated for oven use will not last long in an oven! We recommend using only genuine GE Appliances parts. Click here to find your specific part number.


A loose connection in the lamp fixture can cause bulbs to blow, especially if your oven is older or the light fitting has been impacted by oven shelves, trays, or pans. If a bulb doesn't fit tightly into the housing, the electrical current has to jump or "arc" to make contact rather than simply flow through a physical contact. Arcing causes extremely high levels of heat, which is what causes the bulb to blow. The light fitting will have to be replaced or repaired by a licensed technician.


It's possible that frequently blowing oven lights could be a symptom of wider electrical issues, whether it's the appliance's motherboard, the electrical supply, or even a problem with your home's wiring. If you suspect anything is amiss, turn off the oven at the power supply and call in a professional.


If you don't know how to change an oven light yourself—or you're simply not sure what the problem may be—all you have to do is book an appointment with our local specialists. We're usually able to get the job done in the first visit.*

*GE Appliances technicians carry an extensive parts inventory on their service trucks. In the event a part is not available on the service truck, a follow-up service call may be required.
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