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Frigidaire hot water problem

Is it possible that a melted plastic spatula on the heating element inside the dishwasher caused my water heating problem? How do I test it? Is it replaceable?

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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.

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