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How to Replace a Hot Plate Element on a Ceramic Cooker Published 03/06/2016

If your hot plate is not heating or only half is heating it may be faulty. Here Mat shows how to replace a faulty element on a Belling ceramic topped cooker.

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Video Transcript

Hi I'm Mat from eSpares, in this video I'll show you how to change a hotplate element in an electric cooker.

If your element has failed it may partially heat or not heat at all so you'll need to replace it.

Safety first: Always unplug an appliance before carrying out any work.

The next thing I need to do is to remove the top of the appliance by undoing the four screws that hold it in place.

Having carefully removed the screws I also have to remove the rivets on this particular model so I can lift the hob top off.

You can use long nails or you can grab a box cutter. If you have one of these on your model very carefully just ease it between the top and the rivet itself.

Once you have a big enough gap you can get a less sharp object in between and then ease it away from the hop top.

With all four screws and rivets removed I can now lift up the hob top being careful as I do as the warning light is still attached underneath this simply slips out and then I can remove the hob top completely.

This is the hotplate element that we'll be replacing.

If you're unsure whether your element has failed you may see some damage inside the element itself.

Or maybe a case that the cut-out, this part across the top, has tripped. Either way you'll need to replace the element.

What I can see here is that the electrical connections to the element are very complicated.

So what I'm going to do is just take a photograph of the electrical connections for reference so that when I put the electrical connections onto the new element I know exactly where they're going.

Now some of these electrical connectors can be quite stiff so if required you can use a flat head screwdriver to just ease them very gently off.

With all the electrical connections disconnected I am going to lift off the element.

Now what I will have to do is because the new element is not supplied with these brackets you have to remove those from the old element before replacing them onto the new element.

It's worth pointing out there are numbers around the outside of the element which indicate the various different screw holes for these brackets to go in.

Here we can see that they have one at sixty-three and one at twenty seven and looking at the new element I can see that both twenty seven and sixty-three are already prepared.

So I will remove these two brackets and place them on the new element.

With both of those in place you can then put the element back onto the brackets before using your photograph to reconnect the electrical connections.

Now as this element is a compatible element there is a slight difference in where the black lead connects onto the electrical connector.

If we have a look at the element on the right hand side you can see that the Black is linked up with the end of the element.

So on our new one you can see the end of the element comes through to this connection here which means that the black lead should be connected to this connector.

Once all the electrical connections are in position you can re fit the top of your hob making sure that the warning light goes back into its position.

So there we have it, one new hotplate element fitted to this electric cooker.

Remember spares and accessories for all the appliances around your home can be found on the eSpares website.

Thanks for watching.

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