Youll have to run a whole cycle again and pay attention to when the heating element comes on again. Once its hot the plastic will be soft enough to remove it with a tight cotton rag. Use you oven mitts for protection. Hope this helps
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There is a heating element located on the bottom inside. Make sure you do not have anything that fell on it. And make sure it's in it's brackets it could be resting on the bottom of your dishwasher and melting a hole through the bottom.
Hello, Thank You for using FixYa. I will be helping you today. Yes i would remove as much as you can you wont damage the heating element. Then run a cycle with heated dry and check after the cycle if you can remove the fest.
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Break as much of the plastic off as you can and just let the rest melt off or melt it with a solder gun . won't hurt anything. If you want is easy to replace just hall machine from hole and tilt back remove the wires and the nuts holding it on .
You will need to check where the plastic has come from. The temperature has to be very high for the plastic to melt. This can happen if the dishwasher heater has been on with no water in the dishwasher. Normally the controller should not allow this. Also the thermostat should cut in to prevent the temperature from going high.
Most likely it is not plastic but a problem in the wash pump which is causing some residue to circulate in the water and deposit on heating element.
In any case, try to scrape off as much of the material as you can and then run the dishwasher with a Finish dishwasher cleaning kit. The instructions are on the kit label.
If the smoke was coming from inside the dishwasher... A common problem is a plastic item , utensil etc has fallen down onto the heating element. During the drying cycle this could possibly melt the plastic and generate some smoke.
no, i don't think so. the heating element is located under the inside tub and out of the dish area. if you could supply me with the make and model #, I will try and find the exploded view for you. the element is replaceable.
(http://www.geappliances.com/service_and_support/parts/) the correct # for your unit is pdw7880n10ss just enter your model #(under repair or replacment parts)the site will walk you thru the rest.when you get to the parts list make sure you use the diagram to match your part exactly(click the red box at top of page)hope this helps.thanx for using fix-ya!!!
Your problem is: Children tried to surprise you by doing dishes. The plastic spatula melted and stuck on the heating coil on the bottom
This is a common problem. First, thank the children, it really wasn't their fault.
It's going to take some effort but you'll have to scrape/remove the plstic from the element. Replaceing the element is not a repair I recomend for the average homeowner.
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