How to change the heater element on a dishwasher

  1. Dishwasher
    How to change the heater element on a dishwasher
  2. Safety first remove plug from mains socket
    Safety First
  3. Tools required are a pair of mole grips and a phillips screwdriver.
    Zanussi heater tools
  4. Using the phillips screwdriver remove 2 screws and remove lid.
    Lid removal
  5. Using the phillips screwdriver remove inner screws both sides of door
    Door front removal 1
  6. Using the phillips screwdriver remove 2 outer screws and remove door panel
    Door front removal 2
  7. Using the phillips screwdriver remove 2 screws and remove front bottom closure.
    Front bottom closure
  8. Using the phillips screwdriver remove screws and remove side panels
    Side panel removal
  9. Lay the machine on its back to expose the bottom use a cloth to protect surface
    Base image
  10. Using the phillips screwdriver remove retaining screws from bottom 
    Base removal 1
  11. Using the phillips screwdriver remove retaining screws from cover plate
    Base removal 2
  12. Using the phillips screwdriver remove retaining screws and remove legs
    Base removal 3
  13. Using the phillips screwdriver remove remaining screws
    Base removal 4
  14. Remove metal cover plate
    Base removal 7
  15. Lift base panel from locating lugs on left side
    Base removal 5
  16. Un clip from the right side and remove base panel
    Base removal 6
  17. Using the phillips screwdriver remove screws to angled cover plate
    Base removal 8
  18. Using the phillips screwdriver remove further  screws to angled cover plate
    Base removal 9
  19. Remove angled cover plate
    Base removal 10
  20. Using the phillips screwdriver remove retaining screws to plastic bottom
    Base removal 11
  21. Using the phillips screwdriver remove further retaining screws to plastic bottom
    Base removal 12
  22. You can now pull the plastic bottom towards you, do not remove completely.
    Base removal 13
  23. Using the mole grips release the corbin clip securing  heater to the sump hose.
    Heater replacement 1.jpg
  24. Remove heater unit from sump hose.
    Heater replacement 2.jpg
  25. Make a note of the wires and remove them. (A photograph is useful)
    Heater replacement 3.jpg
  26. Release the corbin clip from the spray arm manifold and remove heater.
    Heater replacement 4
  27. Take the heater from its package ensuring its correct for the appliance
    Heater image
  28. Refit the spray arm manifold to the heater and refit the corbin clip.
    Heater replacement 4
  29. Refit the wires.
    Heater replacement 3.jpg
  30. Fit the new heater to the sump hose and refit the corbin clip using mole grips.
    Heater replacement 1.jpg
  31. You can now push the plastic bottom back in and relocate back in appliance.
    Base removal 13
  32.  Using the phillips screwdriver refit  retaining screws to plastic bottom
    Base removal 12
  33. Using the phillips screwdriver refit further retaining screws to plastic bottom
    Base removal 11
  34. Replace angled cover plate
    Base removal 10
  35. Using the phillips screwdriver refit  screws to angled cover plate
    Base removal 9
  36.  Using the phillips screwdriver refit further  screws to angled cover plate
    Base removal 8
  37. Re-clip from the right side and replace base panel.
    Base removal 6
  38. Lift base panel into locating lugs on left side
    Base removal 5
  39.  Refit metal cover plate
    Base removal 7
  40. Using the phillips screwdriver replace the screws
    Base removal 4
  41. Using the phillips screwdriver refit the legs
    Base removal 3
  42. Using the phillips screwdriver replace remaining screws
    Base removal 2
  43. Using the phillips screwdriver replace retaining screws to bottom.
    Base removal 1
  44. The appliance can now be stood up
    Base image
  45.  Using the phillips screwdriver replace side panels and replace screws.
    Side panel removal
  46. Using the phillips screwdriver replace bottom closure securing with 2 screws
    Front bottom closure
  47. Using the phillips screwdriver replace door panel securing the 2 outer screws 
    Door front removal 2
  48. Using the phillips screwdriver replace inner screws both sides of door
    Door front removal 1
  49. Using the phillips screwdriver replace lid securing with 2 screws 
    Lid removal
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Disclaimer: The information provided has been prepared as a guide only and the steps taken are likely to vary for different appliance models. We strongly recommend using a qualified engineer to undertake major repairs and fault finding.

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