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How to Replace an Oven Light Switch

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If the bulb in your oven does not light up when the switch is ON, the problem may be associated to the bulb, the receptacle or the light switch. If testing on the switch shows that it is bad, you need to replace the switch. You can follow the simple steps described below to replace the light switch.

  1. 1 Take precaution: Turn off the power source by putting the control panel switch at OFF position or pulling out the fuse for the range. Unplug the power cord if there is any. Be absolutely sure that the range is not getting power by turning ON the switches for each heating element. With the power OFF and the switches of the elements ON, wait for about three minutes. Put your hand close to the heating elements; avoid touching the heating elements. You should not feel any heat if the power is OFF. Turn the switches at OFF position.
  2. 2 Remove switch: You can skip this step if you already removed the switch for testing. Most ranges have door operated switches. The switch goes in ON or OFF position when the door is open or closed respectively. The switches are normally held by spring clips. Push in the spring clips and pry out the switch using a screw driver. Too much pressure on the switch may break it, be careful.
  3. 3 Prepare for replacing the switch: Label the wires connected at the back of the switch using masking tape. This will help you in re-connecting the wires to the new switch. Disconnect the wires from the bad switch by pulling the connectors (not the wires).
  4. 4 Buy new switch: Go to an appliance parts store with the old switch along with the make and model number of your range. Buy a similar switch. The store sales person should be able to locate a correct switch for you by using information from you. You can also buy a light switch from online appliance parts store.
  5. 5 Install new switch: Connect the wires to the terminals of the switch. Refer to your labels that you made previously to attach the wires to the correct terminals. Place the switch in its original position using screw driver and its spring clips.
  6. 6 Test for functionality: Turn ON power to the range. Turn the light switch ON. If the bulb lights up, you are done with replacing the bad switch correctly.