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Id scrap it with a knife and a fine sand paper

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

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I am assuming the dishwasher is not working.

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.

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