What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home


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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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How To Replace A Malfunctioned Dishwasher Heat Element

If your dishwasher isn't rinsing dishes thoroughly, it could be that the heating element has malfunctioned. The heating element is a black or metallic tube-shaped device that heats the incoming water from an outside source during the rinse cycle. You should be able to replace the heating element yourself. Here are some tips to replace the dishwasher heating element.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • Philips screwdriver
  • marker
  • two adhesive labels or camera
  • needle-nose pliers (optional)
  • crescent wrench
  • seal lubricant
  • heating element

Turn off the power by unplugging the cord usually found beneath the sink or behind the unit. If you can't find the plug, shut off power at the breaker, or disconnect the fuse from the fuse box. Test to make certain the power is off by trying to turn on the control panel.

Look beneath the sink for a water shut off valve, and rotate it right. Locate the heating element, which is commonly a black or metallic tube installed between the tub and bottom dish rack. The heating element has two metal prongs running downward in the base of the dishwasher. If the heating element has a cover, remove it with the screwdriver.

Remove the Old Heating Element

Loosen the screws on the lower kick plate with the screwdriver to expose the wires. Place sticky labels on the wire connections, or take a picture so you will be able to recall how they connect. The wires are usually secured with slip-on connectors. Untwist the wire connector by hand, or use needle-nose pliers to avoid damaging connectors and wires, then remove the lower dish rack.

Disconnect the connectors of the terminal with a crescent wrench, then remove the old heating unit from the mounting clips, taking care not to cut your hands on the components.  On some models, you may need to remove the arm with water jets to remove the heating element.

Install New Heating Element

Oil the seals on the new heat unit with a seal lubricant, and press the wires of the new heat element in the holes of the dishwasher. Connect the mounting clips in the dishwasher to the heating element, then reconnect the terminal. Using your picture or adhesive labels as a guide, reinsert the wires to the terminal.  

This is a good time to check the tub for leaks. Pour water inside the tub, and watch for leaks. If it leaks, tighten the nuts with a wrench. Place the bottom rack back in the dishwasher, and reinstall the kick plate.

Turn the water and power back on to test the dishwasher. If the unit fails to work, or you don't trust your skill, call an appliance repair service, such as J & M Appliance.