Need to replace baking unit on Hotpoint range
Difficult is a relative question, I don't think it's very difficult though.
**First-Unplug the unit from the wall, or shut off any power to the unit.**
All you should need is a robertson screwdriver, perhaps a philips and slotted depending on the existing screw heads (square,star and flat) Remove the two screws at the back of the element bracket. Once they are removed, carefully pull the element a couple of inches from the oven cavity, there will be 2 wires connected to it. Hopefully the wires will be long enough to allow you to do this from the front, if not you'll need to remove the back panel of the range. If you have wires long enough you can proceed to remove them and install the new element in the reverse procedure.
You may also require a pair of pliers as well to remove/install the screws on the bake element, hold the connector with the pliers, and turn the screw with the driver so as not to twist the connector in a circle and hence ruining your new element.
*Note; inspect the connections of the wires to the element, if they look burnt, cracked, or just barely hanging on, replace them. you'll need to purchase (if you haven't already) a wire stripper/crimper and some new fittings. Make sure the new fittings/connectors are of the "hi-temp" (usually chrome/nickle plated) variety. Regular metal connector's will fatigue in a short time, relative again to how often the bake is used.
hope that helps, let me know if you need any further assistance.
Good Luck :)
Oct 23, 2009 |