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Changing an Oven Element

Updated on January 4, 2013
Oven Element
Oven Element

If you're reading this you've probably done a search online because your oven is broken and you need help changing an oven element.  Well hopefully I can help!  I had this problem just last week and the first thing I thought was that I was going to have to pay a small fortune to have it fixed.  Guess what...its not true!  Changing an oven element is both quick and easy, and you dont need a degree in electronics to do it.  Here's how:

Firsty, are you sure its the Element?

Before we go buying a new element, its probably worth being sure that it is the element thats faulty. So ask yourself these questions...

1. Can you hear and/or see the oven fan whirring away? If not, check the power supply to the oven, it may be a faulty connection, or maybe you need a new fan unit. If the oven light is on, its likely to be a specific fault with the fan unit rather than power supply

2. If you know the power is on, and the oven is turned up, is there any heat being generated? If the answer is yes, the element is working!

If the oven is switched on, the light is working, and the fan is going, but there's no heat, then it sounds to me like the element has gone.

oven element
oven element

Get a Replacement Element

You may be asking yourself which one you need as they're all different shapes and sizes depending on your oven. The easiest way is to look inside your oven for the product number/model of your oven. This is often inside the door, inside the oven itself, or inside the grill/top oven section, and is on a white label with black text.

Once you have your product number/model do a search online for replacement parts on the manufacturers website. One of the available parts should be the element unit. Once you have found this you have the part number and you can either buy online from the manufacturer direct, or do a search for the part number on a search engine and you'll likely find the part cheaper elsewhere.  Amazon for example offers a huge range of elements to suit most major brands and models, see below for examples.

Get a replacement from Amazon

Replace the Element

SAFETY FIRST

Now the first and most important part of this procedure: BEFORE BEGINNING ENSURE THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO THE OVEN IS SWITCHED OFF. There are some fairly high voltage connections in there so best to be safe and ensure everything is switched off.

Once the electricity is off, we can begin. It may be easier to access the element if you remove the oven door first, check your oven handbook for a guide on how to do this.

1. In the rear of the oven, in front of the fan will be a metal plate. This is held on usually be 3 or 4 screws. Simply remove the screws and remove the plate.

2. The element should now be exposed. The element will also be held on with a number of screws which need to be removed.

3. The element will be connected to the oven by a number of wires. It is important to ensure you connect the same wires to the same connection on the new element. If the wires are long enough, remove one at a time and replace on the new element. If there is not enough space, I would recommend adding some stickers to the wires with details of the connection, or maybe even take a photograph so you have something to refer to.

4. Once the old element is disconnected, and the new one connected, screw it back in place, and then screw the metal plate back over it.

5. Thats it! Restore the electricity connection and turn on the oven to test its working. You've just saved yourself the electricians call out and labour charge, and fixed it yourself in 10 minutes!

Summary

Hopefully the above guide will have demonstrated that changing an oven element needn't be a scary or expensive job, and is something most people can do themselves. Remember though, if you are in any doubt, always consult a qualified electrician. I am not a qualified electrician and I'm offering this guide as advice only, I accept no responsibility if you break anything!! :)

Good luck if you're planning on changing an oven element.

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