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How to remove a stuck oven light bulb

When it comes to changing your oven light bulb, sometimes they can get stuck or even break and you’ll need to know what to do. In this guide, we look at how to remove stuck oven light bulbs when you get into a spot of bother trying to change the bulb.

When it comes to changing your oven light bulb, sometimes they can get stuck or even break and you’ll need to know what to do. In this guide, we look at how to remove stuck oven light bulbs when you get into a spot of bother trying to change the bulb.

Oven lights are one of those details that we often take for granted, until they stop working. Keep reading to find out how to deal with removing a stuck oven light bulb or if you can’t remove oven bulb covers.

Tips for how to remove a stuck oven light bulb

When dealing with an oven light bulb, whether it’s broken or simply stuck, here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Always make sure you disconnect the power before doing any work on your oven
  • Never do any work on the inside of the oven if it’s hot, always wait for it to cool down completely first
  • If broken glass is involved, take extra care and always wear protective gloves
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How to remove a broken oven light bulb

In most ovens, the oven light bulb is covered by a glass cover or dome that protects the bulb from damage. However, in some cases the light cover can become loose or broken and the oven light bulb consequently gets broken too.

Stuck oven light bulbIf you’re confident working with sharp objects and electrical appliances, follow the steps below. If, however, you’re not confident in removing the broken oven light bulb yourself then we always recommend hiring a qualified electrician or oven specialist to do it for you.

Here’s how to remove a broken light bulb from an oven:

  1. Unplug the oven or shut off the power completely using the electrical breaker/fuse box
  2. Put on a pair of protective gloves in case you have to handle any broken glass
  3. Remove the oven light bulb cover (refer to your oven manufacturer’s guide to see exactly how to remove the cover)
  4. If the oven light bulb glass has broken into pieces, use a vacuum cleaner to remove all broken glass from the light bulb holder
  5. Using either your hands or pliers, gently remove the broken light bulb from the socket
  6. Insert the new oven light bulb into the socket and replace the light bulb cover
  7. Plug the oven back in, or turn on the power at the breaker/fuse box. Job done

How to remove stuck oven light bulb cover

Can’t remove the oven bulb cover? Help is at hand. Here are some tips for helping you remove a stuck oven light bulb cover:

Option 1 – Check for screws

Before you start twisting and yanking the “stuck” oven light bulb cover, use a torch to check that there aren’t small screws that you need to remove first. If there are, grab your screwdriver and remove the screws – the light bulb cover should then come off easily.

Option 2 – Use a lubricant

Try spraying a lubricant around the stuck light bulb cover and let it sit for a few minutes. That can often loosen the cover enough to get it off

Option 3 – Use a non-slip grip

Sometimes it’s simply a matter of grip that’s needed to remove the stuck oven light bulb cover. Put on protective gloves and use a strip of rubber or another non-slip material and gently apply pressure to remove the cover. If the cover breaks when you’re applying pressure take care not to cut yourself on any broken glass.

Option 4 – Break and replace

If you can get hold of a replacement oven light bulb cover then sometimes the easiest solution is to carefully break the existing cover off.

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How much does it cost to remove an oven light bulb?

Open oven with light onIf you hire a professional oven specialist or electrician to remove your stuck oven light bulb, it will cost around £90. To find out more, check out our guide to oven repair costs.

Hire an electrician to remove a stuck oven light bulb

Removing oven light bulbs can be hazardous as you’re dealing with broken glass, fiddly fixtures and electricity. Unless you’re confident in dealing with electrical appliances, hiring an electrician to do the job can save you time and stress.

As with all home improvement projects, we always recommend obtaining at least three quotes from different electricians in your area, to make sure you’re paying a fair and competitive price for the work. And, thankfully, we’ve got a tool that makes finding multiple quotes super easy.

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How do you get a stuck light bulb out of an oven?

If your oven light bulb is stuck you have two options: 1) hire an electrician to safely remove and replace the oven light bulb, or 2) do it yourself, if you’re confident handling electrical appliances.

For the DIY option, always make sure you disconnect the oven from the power supply before starting any work and wear protective gloves. Remove the oven light bulb cover (see oven manufacturer’s guide for exact steps) then use pliers to gently grip the base of the oven light bulb and apply light pressure to twist or pull the bulb out of the socket (depending on the make and model of oven).

How do you get a stuck light bulb out of a Neff oven?

Before you do any work on removing your Neff oven light bulb, make sure you’ve turned off the power from the mains, and that the oven is cold.

Start by removing the Neff oven light bulb cover. You can do this by using a Neff bulb cover removal tool, which is particularly useful if grease has built up around the cover. Then follow these steps:

  • With the cover removed, using protective gloves or a dry cloth, gently pull the bulb straight out (don’t turn it)
  • Insert a new bulb, making sure you’ve got the right bulb for your exact make and model of Neff oven
  • Screw the glass light bulb cover back on, make sure you replace the sealing ring first if your model of Neff oven has one

How do you get a stuck light bulb out of an AEG oven?

Follow these steps to get a light bulb out of your AEG oven:

  1. Disconnect your AEG oven from the mains power supply, and make sure the oven is cold
  2. Twist the glass light bulb cover to remove it
  3. Wearing protective gloves, gently remove the bulb from its housing
  4. If stuck, gently apply pressure to twist or pull the bulb until it is dislodged. Take care in case the bulb breaks when you apply pressure

If you are unable to successfully remove the stuck light bulb from your AEG oven, we recommend hiring an electrician or qualified AEG oven specialist to remove the lightbulb for you.

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