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How to Fix a Heater on a Tumble Dryer from Zanussi, Electrolux, AEG or John Lewis

If your heater has failed your machine may be running, but it won't get warm and dry your clothes effectively. It may also trip your fuse board in your home. If you have a faulty heating element it will need to be replaced.

If your tumble dryer is suffering from this issue, you will be pleased to know that you have arrived at the right place to sort things out!

Here at eSpares we are able to offer a wide selection of replacement heating elements within our range of tumble dryer spares, so you can be confident that you can find the correct one for your particular model.

Our help to you is further extended though - not only can we supply the part to you, but we also provide this useful video below that will show you the process of how to replace the part yourself. This video is also accompanied by a written step-by-step guide that details the various stages of the repair.

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 - Switch off Your Appliance

Safety First! Please ensure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before starting any repair.

  Step 2 - Remove the Top Panel

The first thing you need to do is to remove the top of the appliance by undoing the screws at the back.

  Step 3 - Remove the Heat Shield

With the top removed you now need to remove the heat shield - again this is also held in place by screws, so you just need to undo these. Follow this by then releasing the clips that are keeping it in position.

  Step 4 - Remove the Heater

To get to the heater you will need to remove the heater cover, which (yeah, you guessed it!) is held in place by screws that will need to be taken out (The screws at the bottom are larger - so we will use a Phillips head screwdriver)

The heater itself is connected inside, so to be able to disconnect the heater you will need to remove the side panel. The side panel is held in place by screws at the back and a screw at the top.

Please Note: Removing these screws can be a bit tricky, so do be careful not to drop them in the cabinet.

You will now be able to disconnect the heater, unscrew it and then pull the cabling through.

  Step 5 - Fit the New Heater

Grab your new heater and feed the cabling inside. Make sure you attach the rubber grommet correctly into the back of your dryer, and then you can simply screw the heater into place.

  Step 6 - Fit the Heater Cover & Heat Shield

Make sure all the surplus wiring has been pushed into the rubber grommet. You can now replace the heater cover. With this now being fitted, you need to then add the heat shield, and secure it in position by popping the clips into place and refitting the screws.

  Step 7 - Reconnect the Heater

Your next little task is to reconnect the heater, and do make sure that all of the wires are correctly in place.

  Step 8 - Fit the Side Panel & Top Panel

To refit the side panel make sure the pegs at the bottom are in place. Hold it firmly while you work the side peg in, and then you're free to screw it back together. All that's left is to replace the top of the dryer.

Well hey guess what? You have successfully replaced the heater in your tumble dryer! Hopefully this new found knowledge of tumble dryer repair has meant that your tumble dryer is no longer suffering from heater related problems, and that your trusty dryer is back to full working action again to be able to effectively dry your clothes.

Your Tumble Dryer In Need Of Some Loving, Care & Attention?

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Need A Heater For Your Tumble Dryer?

Fixing your tumble dryer heater yourself can save you a lot of money compared to booking a repair or buying a new tumble dryer. Here at eSpares, we have a wide-range of replacement tumble dryer heaters for you to select from - so you can soon be on your way to repairing it yourself.

For more tips and help to diagnosing faults with your appliances you can see the other articles available within our advice centre.


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