# How to measure the length of the heater of the washing machine

## Can a stronger heating element be fitted??

To begin with, it is worth specifying how powerful a heating element your washing machine is equipped with. Some heating elements have a power rating of up to 2200W, but devices rated at 1800-1900W are more commonly used. The higher the value, the sooner the water in the tank is “brought” to the desired temperature, but also the power consumption increases.

According to experts, many automatic machines are suitable for heating elements of different capacity.

For example, after having dismantled the “native” tubular heater with power of 1,9 kW from the washing machine and not having found a similar one, it is simple to put a heating element of 1,8 kW in the machine. The main thing is that the element is suitable for other parameters. Nothing wrong with this “replacement” will not be, the only thing is that the “domestic helper” will be a little slower to heat water. It is also allowed to put more powerful heating elements. However, the excess rating should be reasonable. no more than 0.1-0.2 kW. Still, if possible, it is better to supply the original heating element with the same “native” rating.

Heating element power rating (printed on the body of the part), you need to know in order to check the element. So, using a simple formula R=U²/P (where “U” is a measure of voltage in the network), you can calculate the working resistance of the part. For example, an 1800 watt heater, should “give out” a resistance of 26.9 ohms (plus/minus 3 ohms).

You will need a multimeter to test the heater. It is necessary to set the tester to the resistance measuring mode and put its probes to the terminals of the part (right and left). The middle bolt is the ground, it should not be touched. If the value shown on the device display is within the range of 23-30 Ohm, then the heating element is serviceable and will not need to be replaced. The zero displayed on the multimeter will tell you about a short circuit inside the heating element. One or infinitely large number means breakage of heater. In any of these situations, it will be necessary to replace the element.

## How to choose a heating element for the washing machine? Rules of its replacement

All who have a washing machine, sooner or later faces the issue of its repair. The most common problem is damage to the heating element. of the heating element. The most common culprit is limescale deposited on the. Its appearance is provoked by poor water quality and frequent washing at high temperatures.

Failure manifests itself in the absence of water heating, washing time significantly increases the machine unsuccessfully tries to heat water.

It is possible to replace the heating element by yourself, without going to the service center. The main thing is to choose the correct heating element for the washing machine, according to its model. But not always, knowing only the model of the appliance, it is easy enough to pick up the components. Often it is necessary to select the analogue parts.

## How to Find a Fault?

The tubular heater is located in Samsung washing machines on the flange. There is also a fuse. In most models from this manufacturer, the heating element should be looked for behind the front panel. Such location will require significant efforts during disassembly, but to replace the part in case of failure you can do it yourself.

To understand that the heating element does not work, it is possible for a number of reasons.

• Poor washing quality when using a quality detergent and selecting the correct mode.
• When washing, the glass on the door of the washing machine is not heated. However, this should only be checked after 20 minutes from the start of the process. Also note that the machine does not heat water in the rinse mode.
• Electric power consumption decreases considerably in the process of washing machine operation. It is possible to check this cause, but not in a simple way. First disconnect all electrical consumers other than the washing machine. Then record the electricity meter readings before turning on the machine. At the end of a complete washing cycle compare them with the obtained values. On average, it uses 1 kW per wash. However, if the washing has been performed without heating water, this figure will be 200 to 300 watts. When obtaining these values, you can safely replace the faulty heating element with a new one.

Scale formation on the heating element is the main reason of its failure. Too much limescale on the heating element causes it to overheat. As a result, the coil inside the tube burns out.

The heating element may malfunction due to poor contact between the heating element terminals and wiring. Also a broken temperature sensor can be the cause of malfunction. A faulty control module also often becomes the reason for a non-functional heater. A factory defect of a heating element is less often the cause of a malfunction.

## Breakdown Prevention

The main preventive measure against heating element problems is to prevent limescale buildup. If the water, coming into your home, is hard (and you can be sure of this not only by the state of the heating element, but also by the appearance of scale in the kettle, in the toilet and other places), be sure to take measures to soften it.

Also in hard water conditions avoid unnecessarily running washing programs that require water heated to 60°C or more. If the scale has already appeared, you can remove the heater and clean it with an antiscale.

Every 3-4 months it is recommended to clean the heating element from scale with citric acid. In the next video Larissa Shkurpela will show how she does it at home by herself.

## What is the wattage of the heating element in the washing machine??

Ideal conditions for the operation of the washing machine can provide a few. often the automatic device has to work in a potentially dangerous environment: with hard water, with a “jumping” electric power supply and with an excessive load. As a result, the key components of the equipment suffer, and the heating element in particular. The heater is one of the most vulnerable elements of the system, often damages and must be replaced. Dismantling and installing a new device is not difficult. the main thing is to know the power of the heating element of the washing machine to choose the right analogue.

## What are washing machine heating elements?

TEN abbreviation. This is the tubular electric heater of the washing machine or dishwasher. The heating element is used to heat water during the washing. The heater is not used for rinsing. Basically tubular electric heaters are universal and differ in length, shape (straight or curved), power.

### How to Diagnose a Faulty Washing Machine Heater

A tubular electric heater (TEN) is a metal tube with a current-conducting nichrome filament inside, surrounded by a heat-conducting electrical insulator. The filament has a certain resistance and therefore the heating element has a certain power.

D. sheath diameter L. the unfolded length of the heating element Lk. The length of the contact rod in the termination

Heating elements are used in water heaters and washing machines to heat water, so they are also called water heaters, and thermostats are used to maintain the desired temperature. There are also air and oil heating elements.

Changing the heating element in a washing machine is not difficult if the heating element is not burst or limescale so thick that it is impossible to get it out. The service life of the heating element is difficult to know. It depends on many factors. But the hardness of the water is a key factor. is the main cause of scale formation.

Failure of the heating element. Failure of heating element is one of the most widespread types of washing machine repairs.

## Determining the resistance of the heating element

Before removing the heating element of the washing machine, it is necessary to determine its resistance. For this you need to use a multimeter. The normal resistance should be between 24,2 and 40 ohms. To calculate it, you need to square the value of the voltage in the mains (220 volts), and then divide this value by the power of the appliance. Normally it is 1800-2000 watts.

Before you measure the resistance of the heating element, it is important to disconnect the washing machine from the mains. Then you can proceed to the test and use the multimeter. If everything is done correctly, the result is displayed on the screen of the measuring device. It should be close to that obtained in the pre-calculation. If this condition is observed, the heating element is undamaged and can be used further.

If the actual resistance is significantly less than the norm, it indicates a faulty part. If the multimeter screen shows “1”, there is a breakage inside the heating element. The figure “0” means the short circuit.

Important! If the resistance measurement is less than the calculated result, 1 or 0, then the part needs to be replaced.

## Tips from the experts

In order to keep the heater working for a long time, it is necessary to organize the proper care of the washing machine.

Performing repair work, be sure to disconnect the washing machine from the mains.

Many recommend first removing the heater from the machine, so that you can check its functionality with devices. But this is probably not necessary. you can easily check at the place of installation. This saves time and prevents unnecessary repairs.