So you want to replace a light bulb?

You’re going to need power equipment and ladders to change the bulb in this Electrolux microwave.

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. (Get the ladder.)

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. (Thank your past self for buying a special bit set with a T20H and go get it now.)

Set the cover aside to reveal the internal organs of the microwave. Surgery requires one of the brackets be removed temporarily 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.

Hope the bulb lasts.

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.