Replace Heater Element for Whirlpool Model GU 1200XTLB1 Dishwashr
I ordered all necessary parts to replace the heater element but it came without any instructions - how can I get the instructions and does the dishwasher need to be pulled from the opening to replace the heater element?
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Look inside the dishwasher to see where the heating element terminals are. If they are in front you might be able to change it but if the element is in back, you will need to have the dishwasher pulled out to install the element. http://tclaundryrepair.com/
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To check the element, you need to remove the unit from under the counter, lay it down so that you can see the connections on the bottom, look for the wires that go to the element. You can either take the element out by removing the fasteners on the connections that hold it to the tub and take it into an appliance store and have them test it or you can get a ohm meter and check it yourself.
If its the "clean light" then its probably the heater element. You can Ohm out the heater with a meter to check if its got continuity. They had an issue with this where if it wasn't the board it was the heater.
You need to take the bottom front off the heater, UNPLUG dishwassher first. There will be two wires going to the heater element, Unplug one wire and check the element with a OHM meter to see if the element is bad. If you don't get a reading the element is bad write down the make and model number you can order this part from sears or a local appliance repair parts store.
The heater element got 2 screw legs that if it is a metal lock then they get rusty you need to replace the lockers for the heater legs and its not coast much what is your model # ? I get you the parts number so you can order them and do it yourself...
Hot water heater
elements will need to be replaced when there is no hot water,
apparently less hot water or the hot water is taking longer to recover
after showers, laundry, dishwashing or other demands on hot water. It
is not difficult to replace a hot water heater element. Consult the
documentation so you can purchase the right element for your hot water
heater. If you do not have the documentation, write down the make and
model information and take that information with you to a supply store.
The store clerk will help you find the right element for your hot water
Turn off all power supply to the hot water heater. Turn off the cold water supply to the water heater. Attach a garden hose to the bottom spigot of the hot water heater and open the valve to drain the unit.
Hot water heaters
typically have an upper and lower element. Open both control panels
with a screwdriver. There will be insulation behind each panel. Fold
the insulation out of the way; the elements and thermostats will be
visible. Disconnect the wires from the element and remove the
element. If the element is installed with a mounting plate, remove the
bolts with a socket wrench. If the element is not installed with a
mounting plate, remove with an element wrench.
the gaskets and the gasket area on the hot water heater tank. Install
the new elements by inserting them into the hole. Be sure the gaskets
are tightly in place. If the element is installed with a mounting
plate, tighten opposite diagonal bolts so the element stays straight in
the tank. If the element is installed with an element wrench, use the
element wrench to install the new elements.
the wires for each element. Close the drain valve. Open the cold water
supply. Do not turn the power supply back on yet. The tank must be
filled completely before turning the power supply back on to the hot
water heater. Open a hot water valve; the hot water faucet on a tub is
a good option. When all trapped air has escaped and the water is
flowing freely from the spigot without air bubbles, the power supply
can be turned back on to the hot water heater. After filling, inspect
the area around the elements for any signs of leaking. If everything
looks good, reposition the insulation and replace the control panel
Heater element shorted, a resistor on the control board is visibly fried which makes it inoperable. Estimate to replace both is at least $300. This is terrible design, should be a protection fuse on the control panel. Chances are this will happen again after the repair, design has not been modified. We invested our money in a replacement w/a one year warranty. Rather than 90 days for parts and service.
The likely cause of this is a failed heater element which would cause the fuse to blow. You will need to get the heater element checked out and replaced if necessary. A visual inspection of the element may reveal the problem jf not an electrical test will be necessary. Be sure to switch off the power before touching the heater element.
The heater is the black element at the bottom of the tub. you can see it when you open the door, there are 2 wires attached to it under the dishwasher along with 2 nuts and some rubber washers to keep it from leaking, It is a simple job to replace. Remove the wires undo the the nuts that hold it to the tub, and there may be some brackets inside the dishwasher that secure it in place. remove the element and replace it. Install in the reverse order you took it apart.