I recently purchased a house with an over-the-stove microwave and discovered the two lights under the microwave (above the range) were blown out. When I went to change the light bulbs, I found the light bulbs were gone but the bases were still in the sockets. The plastic covers for the sockets also were broken. After removing the hardware, taking out the metal light bulb bases from the sockets and looking up the replacement parts based on the microwave model number, I found the replacements sockets are like $84 each! (A new, same-model microwave is $300.)
After getting the light bulb bases out of the sockets, I put in new 40W appliance bulbs, wrapped the sockets in electrical tape and re-installed everything. It works fine, but it does get hot, and I'm worried that the tape will melt if the lights are left on too long. Is that a legitimate concern? If it is, is there any way of fixing the sockets that I have? Or should I bite the bullet and buy new sockets? The microwave itself works fine. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!