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WT960 Heater / electrics tripping out (solution not problem)

I've had issues with the electrics tripping out and have ad it repaired twice. The last repairer told me what the problem was and so when it happened again I fixed it myself.
The problem is caused by scaling. The element gets full of limescale and so trips out.
To replace the heater element first unplug the electrics!!!!
Remove the panel at te back (bottom) of the machine - 2 screws, on on the left and one on the top right of he panel.
You should see the motor on the left and to the right the electrics onto the heater element (see pic)
disconnect the spade fittings.
remove the sensor (carfully - it pulls out but for obvious reasons is a tight fit) - see pic
the element pulls out (see pic) but again it is very tight
replacement is the reverse.
The part no is 1604486 and the cheapest place I found for a replacement is

Hope this helps someone - usual disclaimers apply i.e. you are advised to consult an eletrician, no liability accepted etc. etc.

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  • clevertrevor Jul 19, 2008

    Ooops forgot the pic

  • clevertrevor Jul 25, 2008

    UPDATE :

    The element comes out easier if you undo the 10mm nut on the earth connector on the element. This is connected to a clamp plate on the other side thatsquashes the seal to make it water tight.

    When you fit the new one you need to tighten the nut to make it seal properly.

    I also founbd out that it was the sensor that was faulty and not the element. Don't know if you can buy these separately.



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