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Heating element broken, water leaking

The heating element in our Kenmore Elite 15953 dishwasher broke tonight.  We noticed b/c water started leaking from the kitchen thru the basement ceiling.  The heating element looks like it's snapped through in an area not attached to anything.  It had been looking rusty.  Is the heating element easy to repair ourselves?  Is there more to the problem than just the heating element?

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  • kadekole Jan 06, 2009

    cannot find heating element for this dishwasher, please help!

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You have to pull out dishwasher to replace the element.The element is easy to replace once you have pulled dishwasher out.This enables you to reach the area that you need to reach.It is common for a element to brake.On a newer dishwasher ,I would say it must have been defective if it just broke in half.Nothing electrical in a dishwasher can cause it to brake.

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