How to replace the element on a washing machine - Hotpoint

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Washing machine not heating up? In this video Rory shows how easy it is to replace the element on a Hotpoint WD440p washer / dryer.

Video Transcript:


Hi, I’m Rory from eSpares, and in this video I’m going to replace the element in a Hotpoint WD440 washing machine.

The element’s job in the washing machine is to heat the water in the drum. So if the water isn’t being heated and therefore your clothes aren’t being cleaned effectively, it’s almost certain that the problem is with the element. On some machines the element is accessed from the front of the machine but on this model it’s actually accessed from round the back behind an access panel.

Now before we head round the back I’m going to remind you to put your safety first and always remember to switch the washing machine off at the wall before you do any work on it.

The access panel is held in place by these two screws, so I’m just going to remove them so I can take the panel off.

So here we have our old element. The first thing I’m going to do is take a picture of how it is wired, so I know how to wire the new one, when I put the new one in. Now I’m going to un-couple these wires. Once I’ve un-coupled these wires I need to is loosen this nut, to loosen the retaining clip which is holding the element seal in place.

I don’t want to loosen it all the way off though, because it will actually help me now, because I can now bang it through to loosen the element seal. Now I should just be able to pull the element out.

There we have our old element, and now a tip for getting the new element in is just to get a bit of Fairy Liquid and rub it on the rubber bit, just so its lubricated and easier to put into position. So there we go, we can just now… now I just need to tighten the nut all the way. And now I just need to re-couple all the wires. There we go. Now everything’s back and connected to the new element, I just need to put the access panel back on and we are all done.

And that’s how easy it is to fit an element on a Hotpoint washing machine. Elements for all models of washing machine are on the eSpares website.

Thanks for watching.