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Re: A child's plastic cup top melted on heating element. ...
Gently scrape with a razor blade or paint scraper to remove the large pieces, then use some emery paper or very fine sand paper to remove the rest. Use care when applying any pressure on the element, and try not to leave any gouges in the element surface. I have also had good luck with a nail file. Hope this helps you.
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The way to remove it is you need to raise the temprature of the element to the level when the spoon melted, not so easy of a task, but nothing else will do it.
I would fire the element, and be ready with a damp terry cloth towel, and wipe the spoon free. Another way would be to use a propane torch, but you MUST protect everything around the element or you will cause more damage.
The key is that you have to acheive the same temprature that melted the spoon, and it will release and leave little, if any residue..
Break as much of the plastic off as you can and just let the rest melt off or melt it with a solder gun . won't hurt anything. If you want is easy to replace just hall machine from hole and tilt back remove the wires and the nuts holding it on .
You will need to check where the plastic has come from. The temperature has to be very high for the plastic to melt. This can happen if the dishwasher heater has been on with no water in the dishwasher. Normally the controller should not allow this. Also the thermostat should cut in to prevent the temperature from going high.
Most likely it is not plastic but a problem in the wash pump which is causing some residue to circulate in the water and deposit on heating element.
In any case, try to scrape off as much of the material as you can and then run the dishwasher with a Finish dishwasher cleaning kit. The instructions are on the kit label.
Make sure the heating element is cool. Remove as much of the melted plastic off that you can by hand first. You can use a straight edge razor to lightly scrape it off. When you have most of the material removed, get some fine emery paper or steel wool to finish removing it. DO NOT use anything that is so abrasive that it penetrates the outer shell of the heating element. Once a hole forms and water gets inside, the element has to be replaced. I hope this helps you.
NOTE: I would not recommend using any kind of cleansers as they tend to leave residue.
I have an older dishwasher also and recently mywife also complained about it not cleaning right... so me being the man I amtried in vain to clean the things... Bought new spray arms online and installedthem in minutes...now the thing works like new... However I have also foundthat if the heating element goes bad then that also can mess things up bad...So I would buy new spray arms, and also check out the heating element to makesure it is working... Here is a tip that will help you with the onlinebuying...
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youll have to run a whole cycle again and pay attention to when the heating element comes on again. Once its hot the plastic will be soft enough to remove it with a tight cotton rag. Use you oven mitts for protection. Hope this helps
Your problem is: Children tried to surprise you by doing dishes. The plastic spatula melted and stuck on the heating coil on the bottom
This is a common problem. First, thank the children, it really wasn't their fault.
It's going to take some effort but you'll have to scrape/remove the plstic from the element. Replaceing the element is not a repair I recomend for the average homeowner.
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i am a retired appliance engineer of 20 years, (and whats a chopper), this problem can be easily improved maybe totally rectified, by making sure the salt is topped up and use rinse aid, make sure all the food catch filters are cleaned out and the waste outlet is also cleaned out, make sure blades are free to rotate and holes are not blocked, these are easy to remove and clean they just unclip.
there is no need to dismantle the appliance
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