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Not getting dishes clean

I replaced the heating element 5 months ago, and the dishwasher started cleaning better. Now, the dishwasher isn't cleaning well at all. The plates and glasses look cloudy, some of the plastic seems dusty. Is there a screen to clean or a filter I should change?

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