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How to Replace the Fan Element in an Electric Cooker

If your oven is failing to heat up the fault may be associated with a blown or faulty fan element. The clues to identifying if you’re suffering from a faulty element is if you can hear the fan running and the temperature light is on but there is no heat..

If you’ve never replaced an element before and feel slightly intimidated, we’ve created this how-to article with a video guide to show you how to do it yourself without pulling out your hair. We hope after reading this article you can fix the problems you're faced with, rather than calling the professionals.

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

Safety First! Please make sure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before beginning any repair.

Caution: Due to the sharp edges exposed we suggest suitable Safety Gloves are worn to help prevent injury when carrying out this repair.

Step 2 - Remove The Element

On most built-in cookers the element is fitted from the front of the cooker so you may not need to remove the oven from its cavity.

It’s worth removing the door so you have more room to work on the element. Typically most oven doors have a latch on either side of the hinges. Carefully open the latch and slowly close the door and it should lift out.

Remove the back panel inside the oven that is protecting the element. On this model it’s secured using four torx head screws. Once removed you should see the element which is secured with three screws. Remove these screws and the element should now pop out.

Step 3 - Replace With Your New Element

Before you replace the element you should see a simple setup of wires leading into the element terminals, with live, neutral and earth. eSpares Top Tip: take a picture of the setup to make sure the new element is wired in correctly.

Now you just need to remove the electrical wires with terminals that are fixed to the faulty element. They may be tight so you can make your life easier by using some pliers. Make sure to pull on the terminal clips rather than the wires.

To fit your brand new element you just need to wire it in, refit the back panel and door. Well done you’ve now replaced a fan oven element, all by yourself by following our helpful guide.

You’ll want to clean the inside of your cooker as you’ve probably got some dirt from the work you’ve just completed. Our cleaning range is sure to get your cooker spotless without the excessive elbow grease.

We hope we’ve inspired you to tackle other faults you may have with your home appliances and our advice centre is full of helpful articles to assist you.

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