I recently inherited a Smeg dual oven cooker that needed new bulbs. I thought this would be a fairly simple job, but I was wrong. The bulbs were tucked up in the top left-hand corner behind a screwed glass cover and protected by the element and the thermostat.
Since they had been in place for some time, they were stuck. After removing the oven door and lying on the floor to get in a position that enabled me to get a good grip, I managed to unscrew one but failed with the other. With a slip wrench and a piece of cloth to protect the glass, I managed with difficulty to gain access.
I cracked the glass, but I was able to remove the ring of glass still in the threaded holder. After much frustration, I contacted the service department and ordered a new assembly (you can't just buy the glass). A week later it arrived. I unpacked the unit and was ready to pop the new glass on.
It turned out I couldn't unscrew the glass from the new holder, even with full access and a good grip; it was too tight. So with the help of the trusted slip wrench and a pair of mole grips, I managed to separate the two parts and put the new glass in the oven. In the few moments I had to examine the lamp assembly, it appeared that when the glass is fully screwed home, a lock mechanism snaps in that is similar to a star washer. That’s OK for nuts, but not for this.
This entry was submitted by Andrew Tiscali and edited by Rob Spiegel.
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