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How to get well water build up off the dishwasher heating element?

The heating element in the bottom of my GE dishwasher has white, chalky build up. What is the best way to clean it?

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Joey S
Depending on severity of the accumulation of the lime/calcium and mineral deposits it may not come off completely. It will require a mild acidic cleaner like

white vinegar

or "Lime Away" providing the dishwasher tub is


to disolve the calcium. You could pour vinegar directly over the heating element and let it soak for a few minutes and repeat, and then run a short cycle with 2 cups of vinegar only in it. If the element is coated with a thick layer of the calcium and mineral deposits the heating element may need to be replaced.

NOTE: Do Not Use vinegar or "Lime Away if the tub is Stainless Steel

. Using vinegar or â€┼ôLime Away” on a stainless steel tub will cause the stainless steel finish to dull. There is a product that can be used safely in Plastic tubs and Stainless steel tubs called "Dishwasher Magic" part# WX10X10200. It can be ordered at and click on Parts.
by Joey S Earned 21,462 community points in Dishwashers
June 9th, 2008
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