How to Replace A Fan Oven Element
Top Tip - Your oven will not work until the clock/timer has been re-set after replacing an oven element.
Oven not getting hot or heating up diagnosis - is my element faulty?
A fan oven that has stopped heating up is one of the most common oven problems that oven repair & cooker repair engineers are called to. The problem in most cases is simply a faulty fan oven element. To employ the services of a cooker repair company to replace an oven element is going to cost you in the region of £75 - £125.
Our video instructions will show you exactly how to replace an oven element yourself, and save you lots of money!
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Note that in some cases, but not all, when the fan oven element fails it will trip the consumer unit's rcd. If so then it needs to be re-set. The following symptoms will be apparent:
- Fan oven is not heating up, however
- The fan in the oven is working fine, and
- All other functions of the oven are working ok
- The thermostat light does not go out.
- On removal of the Fan Oven Element (see below) there may be visual signs of burning, blowing, or splitting
Whether your oven is built in or freestanding, single or double, the first step of the repair is to remove the ‘back-plate’ from inside the fan oven. Elements used to heat fan-assisted ovens are, in most cases, located at the rear, behind the back plate. Back plates vary in how they are fixed in place, but normally they are held by between 2 and 6 screws.
Once the back plate has been removed the fan oven element and the fan blades will be seen. In many cases cooker elements will show visual signs of failure; There may be signs of burning, blowing, bulging, or splitting, in a particular area of the fan oven element. This is confirmation that your oven element need replacing. Be aware, however, that in many cases there will be no obvious visual signs of failure whatsoever. With the element exposed It will also now become apparent if you need to gain access to the rear of the oven to remove the element.
In most cases there will be no need to remove the oven in order to complete the repair. If the element is simply screwed in place with the screw heads showing then you are in luck. It is just a matter of removing these screws and disconnecting the wires. In these circumstances once the fixing screws have been removed the element will come away from its position. Be careful not to inadvertently pull off the electrical wires that are connected to the element as you pull the element free. In some instances manufacturers leave hardly enough wiring which can make it difficult to remove the connections. If you happen to pull off a connection the wire may remain in the rear of the oven and you will have to gain access to the rear.
If the element has been secured by screws from the rear of the cooker then the oven will need to be removed from it's housing (built in ovens) in order to remove the back cover. The screws holding the cooker element in place can then be removed easily.
Always ensure that you make a note of which way round the wires are connected to the oven element before you remove them. We recommend that you replace your element with the genuine part (where possible) which are available direct from us - view all oven elements.
By Lee Gilbert