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Glasses that have "sand like solutions" in them after a wash

I run the d/w with added heat to dissolve the soap- but the top rack glasses always have junk in them. Can I pull the heating element & get it tested? I am pretty sure it is not heating- as the water temp is about 94 degrees- same as the tap water- maybe a bit higher when it runs for a bit.
All 3 spray arms are cleared and water comes out of them.
If so- how do you pull the water heater out?

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