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#4812030 - 07/12/18 08:35 AM Freezer light bulb stuck solid ?
Cressida Offline


Registered: 10/16/02
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The light bulb in the freezer section of my old refrigerator has gone out and cannot be turned at all. I've tried using a leather glove so I've got the grip but any more force will surely break it off. Before I make things worse, anyone have any tricks to get the bulb to turn out?

Don't really want to shut the unit down if I can avoid it and don't know if PB Blaster would even help or is appropriate because of all the plastic.

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#4812048 - 07/12/18 08:53 AM Re: Freezer light bulb stuck solid ? [Re: Cressida]
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Registered: 01/13/13
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Use the glove & unscrew it . Might try to move it slightly back and forth to try to loosen it up .

But , if it breaks , it breaks .

Then unplug the appliance and use needle nose pliers to remove the lamp base from the socket .
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#4812051 - 07/12/18 08:55 AM Re: Freezer light bulb stuck solid ? [Re: Cressida]
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Registered: 01/24/08
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Maybe use a hairdryer on the socket for five minutes to warm the area a little bit. High heat and fan speed. Then have a go at it. Turn the thermostat to the warmest setting while you're working on it.

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#4812052 - 07/12/18 08:56 AM Re: Freezer light bulb stuck solid ? [Re: Cressida]
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I use to change a lot of HID bulbs and they would get stuck. Usually a shot of lube into the bulb/socket threads would free it up quickly.
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#4812145 - 07/12/18 10:53 AM Re: Freezer light bulb stuck solid ? [Re: Cressida]
gathermewool Offline


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Can it be twisted clockwise, in the tightening direction?

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#4812175 - 07/12/18 11:13 AM Re: Freezer light bulb stuck solid ? [Re: Cressida]
Triple_Se7en Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
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Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
Originally Posted By: Cressida
The light bulb in the freezer section of my old refrigerator has gone out and cannot be turned at all. I've tried using a leather glove so I've got the grip but any more force will surely break it off. Before I make things worse, anyone have any tricks to get the bulb to turn out?

Don't really want to shut the unit down if I can avoid it and don't know if PB Blaster would even help or is appropriate because of all the plastic.


Use electrical spray lube.
CRC- 2-26 Spray Lubricant

Put a rag underneath the light when spraying, to avoid over-spray.

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#4812226 - 07/12/18 12:23 PM Re: Freezer light bulb stuck solid ? [Re: Cressida]
123Saab Offline


Registered: 10/27/10
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Loc: PA
Any chance it's a bayonet mount? Push in and turn 1/4 anti-clockwise.
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#4812240 - 07/12/18 12:39 PM Re: Freezer light bulb stuck solid ? [Re: Cressida]
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When you get it out, put a light coat of Vaseline on the base of the new bulb.
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