So you want to replace a light bulb?

It was bound to happen one day. The day the microwave oven went dark. And when it comes to this particular model in the Electrolux family of appliances, the light bulb is accessible only after removing the metal appliance cover. If the microwave oven is installed in a wall cabinet, it must first be removed from the cabinet before the metal cover can come off. That’s right. You’re going to need power equipment and ladders to replace a light bulb.

First, use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove four screws that hold the trim plate in place. Set it aside and slide the unit halfway out of the cabinet while someone else disconnects the power cord.

Except you can’t disconnect the power cord because the outlet isn’t directly behind the oven. No, it’s higher up on the wall. In fact, you’ll need to remove an entire shelf (and the stuff on that shelf) before you can unplug and release that power cord.

Once the microwave has been removed from the wall cabinet and is resting on a work surface, you can then remove the metal cover: 4 Phillips screws on the sides plus 5 on the back, two of which require a special T20H Torx screwdriver. Set the cover aside.

You’re now staring at the internal organs of the microwave. Surgery requires one of the brackets be removed so you can release the light bulb assembly.

Use a flat blade screwdriver to detach the plastic light bulb assembly from the metal frame and turn it around.

Once the bulb has been replaced, reverse the procedure to reassemble the appliance, return it to the cabinet, fish the power cord back through the shelves, and reattach the trim plate.

Easy peasy!

Expobar Brewtus IV-R Excessive Steam and Water Leak

There are two issues affecting the Expobar Brewtus IV-R.

  • Explosive steam release and venting
  • Water leak at internal connection point

While warming up, the machine will occasionally release steam. (This minor venting is expected.) The problem is that the machine now builds up pressure and releases an excessive amount of steam that won’t abate. See video below.

Video: Explosive Steam Release and Venting

Above video captures the moment when steam explodes from the top of a boiler.

Water Leak

In addition to venting steam uncontrollably, the machine leaks when power is off and components are cold. It stops leaking after powering on and warming up. Based on this behavior, it appears that a connection is slightly loose. When warm, the materials expand and prevent leaking. When cold, the fitting loosens and water can escape.

Above photo shows water droplet forming where plastic and metal parts are connected.

Water droplet travels to lowest spot before falling off into the bottom panel of the machine.

When enough water has gathered, it starts draining out and onto the counter.

Pecan Sandies

Easy and tasty cookie. Perfect with a Sparino cappuccino.

  • 1 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 3/4 C coarsely chopped pecans
  • 6 oz unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 3/4 C powdered sugar


  1. Use paddle in KitchenAid stand mixer and beat butter until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix for a couple minutes.
  3. Add flour mixture until combined. Dough will be very dry and crumbly.
  4. Press dough firmly into a small measuring scoop to make little half-sphere cookies.
  5. Bake for 22-24 minutes.