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Plastic fused to hearing element

How do I disengage a plastic dish that has fused to the heating element?

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There are many ways to approach this. I assume it has melted and wrapped around the heating element.

One thought is to use a pair of wire-cutters ( called "diagonals"), and cut it off piece by piece.

Another thought is to run the dishwasher with heat option on, let the dish get soft again and pull it off (wear gloves).

Posted on May 09, 2009

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