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How to Replace an Oven Fan Motor in an Electric Cooker Published 11/05/2011

If your oven is on but the fan isn't spinning then the part has broke. Find out how easy it is to replace the fan on your oven, by watching this eSpares video.

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Rory from eSpares.

In this video I’m going to replace the fan oven motor in this electric cooker. Now I’m using a built-in Zanussi electric cooker in this video, but the process is really similar for all domestic electric ovens.

Now fans come in three parts, there’s the motor that sits behind the oven cavity, the fan blade that sits inside the oven cavity and a fixing nut as well. These are usually sold as three separate spare parts. You can also get universal fans and motors that will fit most make and model of cooker, but I’m going to use the genuine replacement in this video because it’s always recommended that you do when possible.

So how will you know if your fan is broken? Well it’s really easy. All you need to do is switch the oven on, open the door, and if the fan isn’t spinning, then it will need to be replaced.

Safety first, make sure that your cooker is switched off at the wall before you get to work. There should be a switch in the general vicinity. If not, have a look in the units above, below, to the side, just make sure it is switched off.

As fans are situated at the back of the cooker, if you have a built-in cooker like this one, you’ll need to remove it from its cavity. That will involve removing the screws either side of the cavity and then lifting it out and unplugging any cables at the back.

Once you’ve done all this and you’ve got your cooker in a nice open space so you can work on it, the first thing you need to do is just remove the door. 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.

I now need to remove the back panel from the cooker. It’s held in place by torx head screws, you can get a torx set on the eSpares website, I’m just going to use a torx bit on the end of a screwdriver. Now I just need to remove this front panel here, it’s held in place by four torx head screws. Now I’m just going to remove the nut, it’s reverse thread so it loosens the opposite way you might think, you can use a spanner or a pliers if yours is a bit tight. Now I can just take the fan off as well.

So now you can see the existing fan motor, you can see how the new one will sit. What you’ll need to do is remove any wires. This one has an earth terminal but it isn’t earthed, yours might be, either way make sure to get a photograph so you know which way to put the wires onto the new one. You can then un-couple just like that. Now it’s just a case of removing this one by taking out the three holding screws, it then comes away just like that.

I can now put the new fan motor in, slots in just like that. Then I can put the screws in, re-attach the wires and then put the back panel back onto the cooker. I can now put the blade on and the nut, remember it tightens in the opposite direction than you may think, if you want to get it really tight use a socket wrench or a pliers. There you go that’s good.

Now all that remains for me to do is put the front panel back on and re-fit the door. Don’t forget to put the latches down on the door when you are re-fitting it.

That’s how easy it is to fit a fan oven motor on an electric cooker. Before you get cooking again, it’s best to give it a bit of a clean inside the oven cavity as there will probably be a bit of debris from the work you have just done.

Fan oven motors for all make and model of cooker are available at the eSpares website.

Thanks for watching.

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