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The element is the most vital part of an electric oven. Without it, your food will remain uncooked and cold - so when your cooker element breaks, it's important to find the correct replacement quickly.

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Still, when you're replacing your oven's element, it's nice to have a rough idea of how long you can expect the new one to last. And what caused your old cooker element to break in the first place, anyway?


What's the average lifespan of an oven element?

As an estimate, most cooker elements should last for about 5 years. Of course, this is dependent on the health and overall quality of your oven; the better your oven, the longer its parts should last.


Why did my oven element break?

Sometimes a cooker element will fail because it has just suffered a lot of wear and tear. As the wires inside a cooker elements get hotter, they expand; when they cool, they shrink back down. This repeated expanding and shrinking can cause damage to the wire over time, meaning that your oven may eventually break for no apparent reason.

Elements can also break if they overheat. This may happen if your oven's thermostat is malfunctioning - the thermostat is supposed to switch off the element once the oven has reached the desired temperature, but if that doesn't happen, the element may continue to heat up until it breaks.

Read More: How Does a Thermostat Work?

Remember: oven elements aren't interchangeable. If yours breaks, you'll need to buy a new one that's compatible with your appliance. If you need to replace your cooker element, go to the Cooker Spare Parts homepage and enter your cooker's manufacturer and model number - then we'll show you a comprehensive list of compatible spares.

Alternatively you can search our browse our oven elements here. We also stock various grill elements.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with our knowledgeable customer service team!

Replace your oven element with Cooker Spare Parts

If your oven isn’t heating up it’s likely that you have a faulty oven element. A common reason for this is that oven element burning has occurred. Due to the hot temperatures within the oven cavity, it isn’t unusual for it to burn out while enduring the high temperatures.

Without a fully functioning oven element, your oven will be unable to heat up and this means your oven is useless for cooking! So here’s some advice on what you need to do. 

How can I tell if my oven element has burned out?

If your oven element has burned out the appearance of it is often a clear indication. It may bright spots and/or patches that look like it has been burned. 

What can I do if my oven element is burning?

Unfortunately, similarly to a lightbulb, there is no way to repair a burnt oven element. Luckily we do have a fantastic selection of replacement oven elements to get your cooker back up and running in no time. 

How do I replace my oven element?

We understand that repairing your own oven may seem like a daunting process, but it doesn't have to be difficult or cost you a lot of money. Click here to read our step by step guide on replacing your oven element

If you need any further advice on what replacement parts you need for your cooker, do not hesitate to get in touch. Give our expert team a call on 02920 452 510

universal oven element

If your oven is failing to heat up your meals, it's doing a pretty lousy job at being an oven! If both the oven and the grill aren’t heating up it’s likely that it’s your oven element causing the problems. The oven element is the part of the oven that is responsible for getting your oven hot, so if your meals aren’t up to scratch, maybe this is why (it would be a nice excuse for bad food anyway).

What you need to fix this problem is a Universal Oven Element. The Dual Top Oven Element is a genuine manufacturer’s part that will perfectly replace your faulty element! To kick start up your oven’s heating capabilities, this universal oven element has a 2800W dual output (2250W and 550W) and is suitable for AristonHotpoint and Indesit cookers.  

A faulty element is usually clear from any burns or bulges, so look out for this when trying to work out why your oven isn't fully functioning. 

If you need help replacing your universal oven element, check out this blog post for more information on how to change it.

If your cooker is giving you any problems we are happy to help you find replacement parts! If you need any advice on what part you may need, feel free to give our friendly team a call on, 02920 452 510

Replace your oven element with Cooker Spare Parts
Your fan oven element is arguably the most crucial part of your cooker. It has a very important job, and that is to produce the heat that actually cooks your food. What good is an oven without heat?!
If your oven isn't heating up, the problem is usually that the element has blown or otherwise become faulty. (Seeing bright spots and/or patches on your element when it is in use is a pretty good sign that something has gone wrong.) As you can't really repair it, chances are you'll have to replace your fan oven element. If your element has stopped working, there's no need to stress - we have a HUGE array of Fan Oven Elements in stock here at Cooker Spare Parts, and we're confident that we can get your oven firing on all cylinders once again. To view our excellent selection of fan oven elements, please click here
Once you've purchased yourself a replacement fan oven element, the next thing to do is install it! Of course, not everyone is a cooker expert, and we understand that you may need a little help. That's why we have created this simple-to-follow guide that will help you to replace your fan oven element with ease.

How To Replace Your Fan Oven Element:

  1. Before you start any work, please make sure that your oven is turned off on the wall. We don't want you to electrocute yourself.

  2. Once your oven is safe to work on, you can remove your oven door and shelves - this will make it easier for you to access the fan oven element itself. To remove your oven door, simply move the latch to the open position on your hinge. Next, close your door and lift it out - but please be careful when lifting out your oven door, as the last thing you want to do is drop it and shatter the glass.

  3. Now that there's nothing getting in your way, you can remove the front panel that is protecting the oven fan and element. This is usually held in place by four screws. Remove the screws and panel - but be careful not to lose any of the screws!

  4. Right, now that the front panel has been removed, you can remove your faulty fan oven element. This will be held together by three screws; remove these screws and take the element out. You'll notice that there are some wires attached to your element - we'll tell you what you have to do with them next.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Before following the next step, please take note of the order these wires. We recommend taking photos of them before you pull them out.

  5. The wires will be attached to your element via spade connectors. All you need to do is pull them out, but be careful - you don't want to damage the wires.

  6. Now that you've disconnected your element, it's time to connect up your new one! Using the photo you took on your phone as a reference, re-attach the wires; then screw the element and front panel back in place; finally, place the shelves back inside your oven and re-attach the door. 
Congratulations, you've just replaced your oven element! Make sure to brag to all your friends about how handy you are.
If you're having trouble with any of the steps to replace your fan oven element, please do not hesitate to contact us - a member of our customer service team will be happy to go through the process to ensure your element is installed without any problems. 
Zanussi Replacement Elements

If your Zanussi cooker is no longer heating up, it may be because you need to replace the oven element. Fortunately, this task is nowhere near as difficult as you might expect, and even if you've never attempted to repair a cooker before, you're probably more than capable of getting it done. Read on for expert advice from the Cooker Spare Parts team - your trusty Zanussi appliance will be up and running again before you know it!

How to Order a Zanussi Oven Element:

It's very easy to find and purchase the right element for your Zanussi oven here at Cooker Spare parts, but first, you'll need to find out your cooker's model number (e.g. ZOB551X). This information can be found on the data badge, which is usually located behind the oven door on Zanussi appliances.

Once you've written down the model number, head over to the Cooker Spare Parts homepage, enter your manufacturer and model number, and click 'Search Parts'. We will then show you a full list of the parts that are compatible with your cooker.

Alternatively, if you already know exactly which element you need, you can head straight to our Zanussi oven elements page and simply select the one you wish to purchase. Either way, our secure and straightforward online checkout system will allow you to place your order in just a few clicks.

How to Install Your New Zanussi Oven Element:

Once your new element has arrived, replacing your broken element is a fairly simple task. The exact method may vary depending on which Zanussi cooker you own, but here's a rough guide on how to replace your Zanussi oven element:

  • Ensure that your cooker is switched off at the wall.

  • Open the oven door, remove the shelves, and take off the panel at the back of the oven to access the space where the element is housed. You may need to unscrew the panel with a screwdriver before you can remove it.

  • The broken element should be held in with screws, so pick up your screwdriver again and take these out so that you can remove it.

  • You will also need to gently pull the wires out of the broken element - be sure to take a photo beforehand in case you forget which wire goes where!

  • Take your new element and connect the wires that you just removed from the old one (refer to the photograph you took if you can't remember where each one goes).

  • Screw the element back into place, then screw the back panel on and put your oven shelves back in.

  • Dispose of the broken element (preferably by recycling it).
Click here to see our full range of spare parts for Zanussi cookers, or give us a call on 02920 452 510 if you have any further questions.