I have a Kenmore dishwasher. Noticed a leak. inside the washer, I noticed a warn area underneath the heating element, with about a 1/3 inch crack in it. We noticed that the heating element was bent towards the bottom of the tub" and it appeared that it had excessively heated this area underneath.
My husband bent the heating element back up into its' normal position, (it was only down closer by 1/2 an inch or so, and used some DAP gasket maker to cover the burned area. Apparently it is 100% RTV silicone, resists temperatures up to 400 degrees farenheit, and is watertight.
Here is the question. How hot does it get in the dishwasher? Is the heater element going to ignite this stuff and cause a fire? Does anyone know if this is safe? I have a 5 year old, and just want to make sure we aren't exposing her to nasty chemicals., needless to say a house fire.
Thanks for your help!
PS. my 5 year old had to pick a few emoticons. Sorry....goes with the territory of dealing with dishwasher issues with a youth around.