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Black soot on plastic in dishwasher

I washed a load as normal and now have all plastic items as well as the dishwasher tub coated in a black soot. Does anyone know what this is? Is it a broken charcoal filter or something and how do I fix it?

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Seems to be the rubber on the seals melting. I'm trying to replace the rubber gasket on the bottom around the sump.. I can't get the new gasket and assmbly to fit into the pit. Guess it's time for a new washer.

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    Oh ... and by the way .... it's a 4 year old Maytag dishwasher. My 4 year old Maytag microwave broke, too. My 2 year old maytag oven broke. My 1 year old Maytag dryer broke. My 4 year old Maytag clothes washer operates poorly. Moral of the story ... DON'T BUY Maytag/Whirlpool!!

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    I repeat ... DO NOT BUY MAYTAG/WHIRLPOOL

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    Seems to be pretty glaring evidence that Maytag and Whirlpool(same company) make poor quality products.

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You can get a product called dishwasher majic. It is used to clean the tub of a dishwasher. Big box stores (LOWES, HOME DEPOT) should have it. There is not charcoal in the unit. I suspect is grease from the rubber seal around sump assembly.

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