Completing your own DIY home appliance maintenance is a great way to save money and learn a new skill, but some maintenance requires a certain level of handiness. To the average homeowner, attempting an oven repair probably seems a little out of the range of possibility. But actually, the most common oven-related problem that needs addressing is a burned out light bulb. How many handy homeowners does it take to change a light bulb? Well, in this case, it takes just one -- you.

Step One

The first step in changing your oven's bulb seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't) that this one needs to be addressed. First, make sure the oven is turned off and completely cool. Also, if your oven light has an on/off switch, make sure that's switched off too and that the light and its cover are cool to the touch.

Step Two

Remove the racks from the oven and then remove the cover from the oven bulb. Check your owner's manual to find out how to do that on your particular oven. For some, you simply unscrew a glass cover. Others have a cover that must be snapped off with a screwdriver while some have a wire keeping the glass cover in place that must be pushed to the side so that you can remove it. If your oven has a cover that twists in or out and you're having trouble loosening it, try putting on a rubber glove to add friction or try using a strap wrench.

Step Three

Once you've removed the cover, you'll be able to see what type of bulb you need. For many, it's a standard incandescent bulb while others use halogen. The first thing you should do, before you ever change out the bulb for a new one, is test your current bulb to see if it's just come loose. For a standard bulb, that means tightening it by twisting it clockwise. If it's a halogen bulb, test it by pulling it out and then snapping it back in. If the bulb still doesn't work after testing the connection, it needs to be replaced. Use a glove or cloth when you do this because touching the bulb can damage it.

Step Four

Next, you should consult your owner's manual or take the bulb with you to the nearest home improvement store or appliance parts store and ask for help finding the right replacement.

Step Five

Finally, figuring out how to put in the new bulb should be easy since you've tested the old one. Screw in a standard bulb or snap in a halogen and replace the cover. Remember to use a glove or cloth, so you don't damage it... and voila! You've done your own oven maintenance.

For more information, contact a company like Golden State Equipment Repair.

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