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Why does 6 inches of the heating element in my dishwasher turn bright red?

I have a model 665.16512201 Kenmore dishwasher and about 6 inches of the heating element is a very bright red and it smells.

Dishwashers , Kenmore , Building Supplies
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Lyle W
The element is about go out and I'd recommend replacing it before it shorts out. The part number for the element is W10134009 and is available from the following site:

Sears PartsDirect


If you're comfortable and confident in your do-it-yourself skills the element is a part that can be changed without to much difficulty. The dishwasher needs to be uninstalled to access the element.

I hope this information helps with this particualr problem and if you have any more questions then submit another question with any additional details for further assistance.
by Lyle W Earned 136,245 community points in Kenmore
May 7th, 2009
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