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Dishwasher heater has stopped working. The washing process seems to still work but dishes are not properly clean at end of cycle and machine is not hot but tepid.

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I have the kenmore model about 4 years old now. the heater element isnt very hard to change out from what I have seen of it. ( i have had the dishwasher out about 5 times so far .)BUT it is very expensive! the heater element cost almost as much as the whole dishwasher. information I found on mine says the tub must be replaced if the element is replaced but it looked to me that this could be done without changing the tub when I looked at it. but its not worth it. I have my element wires unhooked as I write you,

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