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Can't get the bottom open

I'm trying to get the bottom open so I can get out any accumulated gunk. (This washer has never cleaned well and the problem is getting worse.) I'm afraid to use pliers or a wrench on the plastic knob that holds the mechanism in place because I don't want to break the plastic. It's on too tight for my fingers, though. Any hints on how to get the bottom mechanism open without doing damage?

Background: this Kitchenaid has never cleaned well. It's not the water temp because the dishwasher it replaced cleaned just fine at lower temps on the household water tank. Besides the Kitchenaid has a water heater in it. The company sent someone to look, but he did not fix the problem and they have given me the runaround. They've been slimy like my dishes. Until we can afford a new one or find a solution more responsible than replacement, I hand wash to get the film off before we use the dishes. Running the dishwasher with vinegar helps.


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The build up is from hard water. There is a new product out called the dishwasher filtration system. It filters the water before it enters your dishwasher. It works amazing and has a money back guarantee. You will love the way your dishes look after the first load. It is also very affordable (like 70 bucks). Go to www.dishwasherfilter.com to find out more info.

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