How to Replace the Element in a Washing Machine - Bosch Published 17/01/2011
If your washing machine is failing to heat the water, there may be a fault with the element. Repairing such an issue needn't be expensive, as explained by eSpares in their latest video.
How to Replace the Element in a Washing Machine
The heating element within your washing machine plays an important part in keeping the appliance running to its full potential. If the element gains a fault or stops working completely, it’ll need replacing.
In the above video, with the help of our experienced team, we explain how to replace the washing machine element, and below we’ve compiled a simple step-by-step guide which takes you through every point covered in our video.
Step 1: The first task of replacing the element within your washing machine is to remove the top panel of your washing machine by using a Torx head screwdriver to undo the screws holding it in place.
With the top panel removed, you can then take out the soap dispenser, followed by the fascia and control panel.
Step 2: With the top panel, soap dispenser, fascia and control panel all removed from your washing machine, remove the retaining clip which is holding the door seal against the machine, before removing the four screws that are holding the front of the machine on.
Step 3: Front of the washing machine removed, you’ll be able to locate the element under the drum. Before removing the wires from the element, it’s a good idea to take a picture so that you can remember how they are all connected.
Picture taken, remove the wires from the element.
Step 4: Wires removed, undo the nut attached to the retaining clip by using a spanner, but don’t undo it completely, as once the nut is loose, a little tap will push through the retaining clip and release the seal, enabling you to remove the old element.
Step 5: Once the element is out, take off the thermostat and add this to the new element, before reversing the steps above to attach the new element.
There you have it, a step-by-step guide to replacing the element on a washing machine, helping it to perform to its optimum level.
Hi, I’m Matt from eSpares.
Now, if the heater element has blown on your washing machine, you’re going to need to replace it. You'll know if your heater element its blown, if its tripping out your fuse or the mains electricity supply, or if the machine is working, the waters not getting hot and that’s obviously going to mean that you’re clothes aren’t washing as effectively.
So, I‘m going to show you how to fit the new element to this Bosch WFL2260 model, but the process should be pretty similar to your make and model of front loader machine. Now safety first, make sure you’re unplugged from the mains before you do any work on any electrical appliances.
I’m going to need to remove the whole of the front panel on this machine to fit the new element; to do that I’m going to start by fitting the top panel. So we just got a couple of screws here holding the top panel on. They’re torqeshead screws and you can get a full set of torques bits on the eSpares website. I’m actually going to use a torques bit on an electric drive to speed things up.
Ok, so that’s the top panel off. I just need to take off the soap dispenser, that just clips open like that. Now I’m going to take off this fascia. Now, I’ve got one screw on this side to undo and three screws over here. Do keep these screws separate because they’re stainless steel, so they don’t rust. So the fascia and the control panel there, I can just pop that on the top; and this kick strip or kick plate just clips away, the drain hose there, just put that to one side.
Now I just need to remove this retaining clip which is holding the door seal against the machine. There are lots of different ways that these retaining clips work, this one just pops off like so. Just get the door seal and push it inside like that.
Now, I’ve just got four screws that are now holding the front of machine on: there, there and these two on the door interlock. So now I can pull the front of the machine and the door completely away from the machine. So the element is situated here at the bottom of the drum.
Now, I’ve taken the back panel off this washing machine off just to give us a little bit more light for the video, you won’t need to do that. Before I start uncoupling these wires, I’m just going to take quick snap with my camera phone so I’ve got a record of which wires go where. Just uncouple those wires, this brown one here is attached to the thermostat.
I just need to undo this nut which is attached to the retaining clip just with a spanner or a socket. Don’t undo it all the way because what I’m going to need to do is just give that a little tap and that pushes through the retaining clip and releases the seal so that I should be able to now slide the old element out.
You can see now the retaining clip and how, when the nut is done up, that pushes the seal out against the side of the machine.
Ok now, one thing I do need to take off is the thermostat. It should just slide out fairly easily, there we go. Then I can pop that straight into the brand new element like so. Now, we’re almost ready to put that back into the machine. I’m just going to put a couple of drops of fairy liquid around the seal.
Because with it being a new element and a new seal, they can be a little tricky to get in. Ok, let’s give it a go at that. There we go, now give it a good push and there we go. That’s nicely in place and we just need to tighten up that nut, and that would have pushed the seal against the casing there and I’m just going to start coupling the wires back on again. Now all I need to do, is to put the whole thing back together again.
So, there we go. That’s a new element fitted to this Bosch washing machine. Elements for all makes and models of washing machine are available on the eSpares website.
Thanks for watching.