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My Kenmore dishwasher, about 5 years old, is not cleaning well any more. Glasses look cloudy,and I assume the bowls and plates are not clean also, but that's harder to detect unless I hold them up to light. I use a rinse agent. What's the problem? Is it worth having a service person look at it or should I just get a new one? It's a Kenmore Elite ultra wash dishwasher.

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Although I used my credit card to pay for the live chat, it bounced me out before the service person could respond. So I tried another service and two people who do home repair told me what the problem was and what it would cost to fix it. Since the cost to fix is nearly $300, I'm just going to replace the dishwasher.

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