A faulty heating element reduces the versatility of the washing machine since you can’t use the dryer or perform warm washing operations. The problem results from a defective thermistor, which makes the heater non-responsive to information relayed from the control module. The heating element could also be faulty due to scaling caused by over-accumulation of minerals from hard water. A Samsung machine will signal you of a failure in the heating element through a display of error code H1. You need to replace the element and enjoy instant washing.
To replace the element, you will need to assemble.
- A new heating element
- A multimeter/ohmmeter
Step 1: Disconnect the machine
- Switch off the water supply to the machine and any other running program, and then drain any water in the device. Unplug it from the power supply and disconnect all the external hoses.
- Place the machine to level ground.
Step 2: Remove the front panel.
The front panel carries the door of the machine, the control panel, and the detergent dispenser. You need to remove it cautiously due to many connections.
- Unscrew the top panel to give access to the detergent dispenser
- Remove the dispenser
- Unscrew the fasteners holding the control panel
- Remove the panel to give access to the door.
- Remove the kickplate strip at the bottom of the machine and push the drain hose on one side to give access to the door gasket.
- Pluck out the retaining clip holding the rubber seal and push the seal inside the machine unscrew the fasteners at the door interlock ( this will free the remaining part of the front panel).
Step 3: Remove the heating element
The heating element is now accessible.
- Use a multimeter to check for any damaged wire harness for replacement.
- Disconnect all connections to the heater element and the thermistor
- Unscrew the fasteners holding the heater and remove it (the element is usually connected with the heat sensor)
- Detach the heat sensor from the element and test it using a multimeter
- Test also the element. The multimeter should read 25-30 Ohm if the element is working. Otherwise, it is defective.
Step 4: Replace the element
It is the time to home the new heating element
- Use a multimeter to test the resistance of the new element
- Clean the mounting location using a rag
- Fix the heat sensor to the new element
- Mount the new element and reconnect the wire harness
- Use the reverse process to assemble the machine and enjoy instant washing