How to Replace Oven Heater ?

How to Replace Oven Heater ? An oven heating element is a basic and simple part that is easy to replace in most electric ovens and ovens. These are the parts responsible for creating the heat needed for cooking and frying; They do their job simply by heating the electric current as it passes through them. When they stop heating, the solution is usually to replace the heating element.

Oven Heater Replacement

Ovens typically have two elements: one on top for roasting and one on the bottom for baking. The cooking element usually has metal legs and simply rests on the oven floor. It is attached to the back wall of the oven by a plate or bracket held by a pair of screws. Behind the plate, two metal prongs connect to two wires inside the oven. Wires typically have female spade connectors that slide into the ends of the element. The design is simple and easy for a homeowner to modify.

Detach the Element from the Mounting Plate

How to Replace Oven Heater ?

Remove Oven Racks

To clear the way, remove all of your oven racks. This is a good time to set them to soak and clean them, but it’s not necessary. Simply set the racks aside on a towel to move forward

Identify Your Heating Element

There are two heating elements in your oven, one of the top and one on the bottom. Identify your target and trace the element to the back of the oven.

Remove the Mounting Screws

Where the element connects to the oven back wall, there will be mounting screws, possibly securing a mounting plate. These hold the element firmly in place. Remove the screws with your screwdriver and carefully set the screws aside. If there is a plate, set it with the screws.

Pull Element Away Gently

Hold the element firmly on both sides in your hands and pull it away from the back of the wall. Be as gentle as you can, the goal is not to remove the element yet. The element is still connected by wires on the inside.

Set Down or Prop Up the Element

Hold the slightly-removed element in place however you can, or ask a friend to help.

Test for Voltage

At this juncture, you want to test for electrical voltage in the oven, just in case. Use your voltage tester to detect if there is electricity running through the wires. If there is, the oven is not safe to work with. Make sure you flipped the right breaker and that the oven is not plugged into an uninterruptible power source (UPS) device.

Do not proceed until the voltage tester reads no current.

Remove the Heating Element

Pull Wire Connectors Apart

The wires of the elements are connected to the oven wires with small connector clips. Release these and you will be able to remove the heating element. Use needle-nose pliers for greater precision.

Prevent Wire from Falling Into Housing

Before releasing all the wires, make sure you have a firm hold on the oven wires or clip them. Do not allow them to fall into the oven housing.

Remove Old Heating Element

When all the wires are released,  you can pull the heating element away. It can be thrown away or set aside for reclamation.

Attach and Mount the New Element

Hold the New Element In Place

The first step of installing the new element is fitting it into place. The connection is the tricky part and you must start with the wires.

Attach Wire Connectors

With the wires close enough to touch, carefully clip each connector pairing the appropriate wires.

Affix Mounting Screws

Find your mounting screws and plate, if the new element did not come with a fresh packet. Fit on the plate (if you have a plate) and fasten the screws. Secure them tightly for safe heating. Now your new heating element is fully installed.

Wrapping Up

Return Oven Racks

When you’re confident about the heating element, put the oven racks back into place. Choose the level for each shelf carefully, considering its distance from the baking and broiling elements.

Check for Tools

Fully check the oven and surrounding area for dropped screws, tools, hair ties, or whatever else might be in there. When the oven heats up, you don’t want to bake anything unintentionally.

Power and Test Your Oven

Finally, it’s time to test your handiwork. Close the oven, return the power, and set it to bake. Turn on the oven light or open the door and watch how the elements glow. If you see a full and evenly bright red when your new element triggers, then congratulate yourself on a repair well-done.

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