How To Replace the Heating Element in Your Dishwasher.
Dishwashers are notorious for developing problems that are difficult and expensive to fix. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be able to replace the heating element on your own with a little bit of knowledge.
If you’re unfamiliar with how dishwashers work, here are the basics: the heating element is what heats up water that flows through the machine and gets sprayed over your dishes. When it’s not functioning properly, it can cause burning or staining on your dishes. Replacing a heating element is an easy task, especially if you have some basic home repair skills. Here are the steps to replacing your dishwasher’s heating element.
How dishwashers work
The heating element is what heats the water that flows through the machine and gets sprayed over your dishes. When it’s not functioning properly, it can cause burning or staining on your dishes.
When you’re buying a new dishwasher for your home, make sure to purchase one with enough room for an additional heating element. You’ll also want to ensure that you buy a model with a self-cleaning feature, if possible. This will help reduce the chances of having to deal with a clogged drain or dirty filter.
To replace the heating element on your dishwasher, first remove all of the screws from around the control panel area where you’ll find the heating element. Next, detach the old heating element from its casing and attach it to the new one. Finally, replace all of the screws back in their proper places so that everything is secure.
What are the components of a dishwasher
A dishwasher is made up of five main components that work together to clean your dishes: the motor, spray arm, heating element, wash arm, and the drain. All of these parts need to be cleaned in order for your machine to function properly.
How to replace the heating element in your dishwasher
The first step to replacing your dishwasher’s heating element is to find the heating element. It should be located somewhere near the bottom of the machine, so check there first.
Next, shut off the water supply to your dishwasher. You can do this either by turning off the main water valve or by unplugging it from its electrical outlet.
Now you are going to remove your old heating element by unscrewing the fasteners holding it in place with a screwdriver and pulling it out of your machine.
If you need help finding the right screws, take a picture and send that to yourself so you don’t forget where they go once they are removed.
Once that is done, insert your new heating element into the opening in your machine and screw on its fasteners with a screwdriver. If needed, use some pliers to tighten them down as tight as possible.
Signs of a broken or burnt heating element
The first step in replacing the heating element is to find out if it’s broken or burnt. If you have a broken heating element, there will be a lot of steam coming from the vent. If you see smoke or smell burning, it’s likely that your heating element has been burnt and needs to be replaced.
If your dishwasher is just not hot enough, this can also be an indication that your heat is dying. Your heater may need to be replaced or set at a lower temperature than usual.
Tips for replacing a heating element.
1. Make sure the power to your dishwasher is off.
2. Remove the outer top panel of your dishwasher, which will expose the heating element and control board.
3. Tighten all the screws on this panel to ensure it stays in place during the replacement process.
4. Unplug your dishwasher from the power source; there should be a red wire that needs to be removed from its location near the control board (see photo for reference).
5. Flip up the power cord switch, and then remove it from its location by unscrewing it (see photo for reference).
6. Detach the heating element from its connector by first flipping down its metal tab, then pulling away from its connector (see photo for reference).
7. Remove any remaining screws securing the heating element assembly, and then remove it with pliers (see photo for reference).
8. Place a new heating element in place of your old one and reattach them together by flipping up their metal tabs and reconnecting them in a similar fashion as you did before, being careful not to reverse anything or expose anything sensitive if possible (see photo for reference).
9. Replace all of your removed screws and tighten