How to replace the element in an electric cooker

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Oven fan working but no heat? You could have a faulty oven element. In this video Rory replaces the oven element in an electric cooker.

Fitting Note: Some cookers require the cooker clock to be reset in order for all oven functions to work. After finishing the fitting and turning the cooker power back, please reset your oven's clock.

Video Transcript:

Hi, I'm Rory from eSpares.

In this video I'm going to show you how to replace the oven element in this electric cooker. Now I'm working on a Zanussi built-in electric cooker in this video, but the process will be really similar for the vast majority of domestic electric cookers. 

Now if your cooker isn't heating up, the problem is usually going to be with a blown or faulty element. You'll also know if there is a problem with your existing element if you see bright spots or uneven patches while the cooker is in use. Now most elements are fitted from the front of the cooker, which means that you can work on built-in cookers like this one with it remaining in-situ so you want actually need to remove it from its cavity. 

Before you start the aforementioned work though, you will need to make sure that the cooker is switched off at the wall. Now there will be a switch in the general vicinity of the cooker, or if you can't see it have a look in one of the units, but do make sure it is switched off or otherwise you may electrocute yourself.

Now the first thing I'm going to do is just remove the door. It just means I have easier access to the whole inside of the oven. 

Now on most oven doors, there will be a latch on either hinge, that when moved into the open position will allow you to close the door up and lift it out. 

Now I just need to remove this front panel here. It's held in place by four Torx head screws. The element itself is held in place by three screws, so I'm just going to remove them as well. I can now just take the element out, the old one just like that, and lay it to rest there. It's a pretty simple set-up of the wires, just live, neutral and earth, but I'm just going to take a photo just to be double sure that I wire in the new element in exactly the same way. Now I can just remove these clips. If they are a bit tight you can just use some pliers. And do make sure to pull on the clips rather than the wires themselves.

To fit the new element I just need to wire it in, fix it to the back panel and the re-attach all the panels and the door, and I'm all done. 

Don't forget to put the latches down on the door when you're re-fitting it.

And that's how you fit the element on an electric cooker. You want to give the inside of the oven a bit of a clean before you get cooking again as there will probably be a bit of debris from the work you have just done. 

Elements for all makes and models of cooker are available at the eSpares website.

Thanks for watching.