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How to Replace the Element on a Washing Machine - Hotpoint Published 01/02/2011

If your washing machine isn't heating up, the element may have become faulty. Replacing the part is relatively straightforward, as eSpares explain with this Hotpoint washing machine.

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.

Before working on your appliance, make sure it is unplugged from the mains electricity.

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.

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 elements job in the washing machine is to heat the water in the drum. So if the water isn’t being heated and 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 around 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 2 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 element in. Now I’m going to un-couple these wires, once I’ve un-coupled these wires I need to 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 it’s 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 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.

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