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How to Replace a Grill Element in an Electric Oven

You will know If your grill element is blown, as it may not turn on at all, or it may have uneven spots and patches while in use.

If you need to replace the element in your grill you’ve come to the right place. If you don’t know where to start there’s no need to panic. We’ll talk you through how to successfully replace it without damaging your grill - or singeing your eyebrows!

So if your oven’s showing the above symptoms, it looks like the heating element may need replacing. 

Is your grill element fitted from the inside or from the back? For grill elements that are fitted from the inside of the oven, you simply have an easy task of just removing the screws that are holding the element in place - it really is that easy! 

However, if you find that your grill element is fitted from the back, like on the Diplomat ADP 3101 model shown in this video, then the complete oven will need to be removed from its unit.

Don’t worry though, it really is not as daunting as it sounds

This video shows an example on how to remove or replace the part on a typical machine, some models may be different but the procedure should be similar.

What You Will Need:

Step 1 - Safety Advice (Turn Off Your Cooker)

Safety First! Please make sure that you have switched your appliance off at the mains before starting your repair.

Step 2 - Remove Oven Door

You need to prepare the cooker to be moved…to do this you will need to first of all remove any shelves and supports that are located in your cooker. Following this, it is time to tackle the removal of the door.

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.

Step 3 - Remove Oven From Cavity (If Built-In)

If required it’s time to get the cooker out from its unit now! Depending on your model, you might need to unscrew yours, but with this specific model from Diplomat, we are going to lift it straight out.

If doing this, please proceed carefully - as you need to avoid the flex from escaping out of the back of the oven. Place the cooker on the floor carefully now.

Step 4 - Removing The Panels

We are not going to be able to replace the grill element if we can’t get to it are we? Well, we are now going to make our way to that elusive element.

We do this by removing the top and rear panels from the oven…and to help with this task you will need a suitable screwdriver

Now we have access to the back of the oven, we just need to pull the insulation away, and there you are…the back of the grill element has now shown itself to you.

Step 5 - Disconnect The Old Element

Time for an eSpares Top Tip now - take a photo of how the element is currently wired, so you can check you have wired the new element in the same way.

Using pliers, you can now remove the wires from the element (but be mindful not to damage the actual wires here).

Using the correct screwdriver, proceed to remove the screws that are currently holding the element in place. Well done so far - you have successfully removed your old element, now all you need to do is fit the new one!

Step 6 - Fit The New Element

Let’s get that new element fitted…firstly, just make sure that the element is the right way around and in the correct position.

All you need to do now is to fit the screws that you had previously removed, followed by then ensuring that you rewire the element correctly (this is where your photograph comes into play).

Step 7 - Reassembling The Cooker

Putting your oven back together again! You have done a great job of dismantling your oven in order to be able to fit your new element, and it is now time to put the pieces back together again so it can resemble something you can call an oven!

All you need to do is proceed to attach the top and rear panels that you had taken off before and refit into the housing if required.

Finally, it’s time to get that door on - make sure that the slot on the hinge sits perfectly onto the hole in the main part of the oven. To finish off, just flip both latches back over so that the door can be closed.

Congratulations - you have now successfully been able to replace the grill element on your oven!

You can now get back to creating your tasty meals at dinner time again, in the knowledge that you have fixed the grill element all by yourself (with a little help from eSpares of course!)

Fancy Giving Your Oven A Clean Now?

If you are now in a super productive mood and you have come to realise how dirty your oven actually is, you can use a non-caustic oven cleaner to spruce it up

What Does It Cost To Replace An Oven Element?

As well as being one of the easiest DIY appliance fixes out there, fixing your oven element yourself can save you a lot of money compared to booking a repair or buying a new cooker.

Some universal oven elements right here on the eSpares site will even give you change from a £10 note!

Now you can add oven element replacement to your DIY repertoire. Congratulations! If you need any other help for your appliances you can find more videos from Mat and the team at eSpares, who are always on hand with appliance repair advice in your time of need.


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