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Strong smell during sensing cycle

During the sensing cycles it puts out a smell like something is getting really warm or hot then it goes away during the washing and drying cycles. What could be the problem?

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Re: Strong smell during sensing cycle

Visually inspect the heating element to make sure there is nothing on it, like plastic residue or something like that. You might also want to clean the dishwasher with vinegar, CLR, or Dishwasher Magic ( ) Hope this helps, APP Tech

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