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Water level below heating element and element does not appear to heat

Kenmore Ultra Wash 15825691 does not clean dishes well just recently. Water at the faucet is 120 degrees. However, with the Water Heat option selected it does not appear that the water is heated. When opening the door after the cycle has started, the water level is below the heating element and the heating element is not hot. Is this a water supply problem or a heating element problem?

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Make sure the drain hose high loop is installed properly, normally you have this in the sink cabinet high up. Otherwise the water inside the machine may drain "by itself", leaking through the inactive drain pump during the wash cycle and cause this and other troubles.

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