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Plastic lid melted to heater at the bottom of dishwasher, literally wraped around,

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  • rlplowman Feb 25, 2009

    nevermind, i took a saw to it.



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Next time run the water at the sink until it is hot, then start the dishwasher; once it covers the heater open washer and see if that softened it enough to release it. If not, run dishwasher to end of cycle with drying option on and half way through drying cycle (or so) it should lift right off.

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