The bread machine allows you to knead the dough and bake it. This cooking is done thanks to the heating element, the resistance. The electrical power supply of this component makes it possible to create heat, which varies according to the program and the desired temperature.
The resistance can be subjected to high temperatures or humidity, which can wear it out. It can also lose its effectiveness over time and after many uses.
You will need to replace this resistor if your failure is related to the baking of your bread and the temperature of your machine. It also happens that it is the cause of short circuits causing a sudden extinction of the machine.
The resistance is located just behind the tank. It is recognizable by its rounded shape which surrounds the tank, visible once it has been removed.
The resistance or heating element in a bread machine is a critical part that allows for the controlled heating required for bread baking. If the resistance fails, the bread machine may not heat up properly, leading to incomplete or failed baking cycles. Replacing the resistance or heating element is a task that can be undertaken with care and some basic tools. Here’s how you can do it:
Before you proceed, keep in mind that dealing with electrical components requires careful attention and knowledge. If you’re not comfortable with handling electrical repairs, it might be best to seek professional assistance.
1. Unplug the Machine
Safety first. Always unplug the bread machine from the electrical outlet to ensure that there’s no current flowing through the device.
2. Remove the Bread Pan
Take out the bread pan to clear the workspace and get better access to the internal components.
3. Open the Machine
You will likely need to access the heating element from the bottom or back of the machine. Remove the necessary screws, carefully noting their positions for reassembly. Keep all parts, including screws and washers, in a safe place.
4. Locate the Heating Element
Look for a coil or metal rod attached to the oven compartment of the machine. This is the resistance or heating element. Note how it is connected to the machine, taking photos if necessary to ensure proper reinstallation.
5. Disconnect the Old Heating Element
The heating element will be connected to the machine’s electrical system. Carefully disconnect these connections, paying close attention to where each wire goes. Some machines might require a soldering iron for this step.
6. Remove the Heating Element
Once disconnected, remove the heating element itself. There may be additional screws or clips holding it in place.
7. Find a Suitable Replacement
You must replace the old heating element with an exact or compatible part. Check the user manual or the old part itself for a part number, and purchase a replacement from a reputable supplier.
8. Install the New Heating Element
Carefully position the new heating element in place, securing it with any screws or clips as needed.
9. Reconnect the Wires
Reconnect the wires to the new heating element, referring to your notes or photos to ensure proper connection. Soldering may be required for some models.
10. Reassemble the Machine
Carefully put the machine back together, replacing all screws and panels in their original positions.
11. Test the Machine
Plug the bread machine back in and run a test cycle without ingredients to verify that the new heating element is working correctly.
12. Monitor the First Bake
For the first full bake after the repair, monitor the machine closely to ensure that everything is functioning as it should.
Changing the resistance of a bread machine is a task that requires careful attention to detail and some basic electrical knowledge. If you feel uncomfortable with any part of this process, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Properly performed, this repair can extend the life of your bread machine and get you back to baking delicious homemade bread in no time.