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Our KitchenAid Superba model KUDS01DJss0 ( about 7 years old and has always worked fine) I think is not heating . . the dishes come out wet and don't seem very clean if they had especially if they have a small a bit of something like peanut butter on them when loaded ( so lately I've been dong a pre-wash by hand). Unit doesn't seem to get very "hot" during the wash/dry and steam does not billow out when I open the door soon after the cycle completes like it used to. It does feel warm to the touch perhaps because it is connected to the house hot water? So, I think the heater needs to be replaced, but do I also need to order the control board or any other parts? Any tricks or "need to know" items to getting the unit out and to the things that need replacement? How long would this take for a mildly techy person with no super special tools? Final advice - if this is going to take 5 + hours, then for me it might be worth just calling a service guy ( unless that would nearly amount to the cost of a new washer). I'd be OK spending $ 250.00 vs spending 5+ hours, but don't want to pay 800.00 when I can almost get a new washer for that. So, is it pretty easy to do it yourself or ??? Your suggestions are much appreciated! Thanks Britta

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  • davenbritt Nov 20, 2009

    thanks - what sort of replacement unit would you recommend (?) I like your ideas and the less water power etc. can we get a stainless exterior look for that?

  • davenbritt Nov 20, 2009

    Thank you - this looks good

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Hello. The new heating element will come with a new control board. There are no tricks to the change actually, the easiest way to change the heating element is to unhook the plumbing, electrical, and drain hose then pull it out and get to the back oc it where there are plastic nuts which hold it in place. just unscrew, remove, remove the wires that connect to the heater terminal first. Your cost should be well under 200 dollars. That said, the only other considerations are that you can get a very nice new unit these days on sale for under 500. AND these new units are incredibly quiet, use much less water, much less power and do a fabulous job. Either way good luck with it. Regards, joe

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