Spring Cleaning! A To-Do List To Make Your Kitchen Sparkle

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Spring is all about sunny skies, spring fashion, seasonal produce, and of course seasonal cleaning. Whether or not you get excited at the thought of scrubbing and dusting, spring cleaning is necessary. But it doesn’t have to be scary!

Operation Sparkling Kitchen

A sparkling clean kitchen is a dream, mostly never fulfilled for many of us. Perhaps because a kitchen can get disordered and dirty as quickly as you start cooking or eating in it! But making your kitchen neat and tidy is fairly simple. All you have to do is give it a deep clean in the spring season and then spend a few minutes every day of the year to maintain it.

Gift Yourself The Experience of Cooking & Eating In A Nice, Glistening Kitchen

As soon as the winter ends, your kitchen, the most used room in your house, starts to beg for your attention. If you’ve neglected your kitchen for the past year, here’s how to tackle it like a professional. Bust open your windows, manage your clutter, and grab your cleaning supplies. Here’s a to-do list to help you get started.

Start by placing a hot, wet cloth over the burned spots to soften the grease. Then clear off the gunk with a heavy-duty pad and wipe dry. If you have an advanced oven, make use of its self-cleaning function to remove stubborn, burnt-on dirt and grime.

First, remove the burner caps followed by the burner heads. Soak them in a mixture of soap and warm water for some time. Next, scrub away the debris using a non-abrasive scrub pad and a toothbrush. Rinse them thoroughly, let them dry, and lastly, reassemble the burner.

Empty your fridge for a deep clean. Pop out the door shelves and drawers, and wash them in warm water mixed with baking soda. Wipe down the built-in fixtures, the bottom of the fridge, and the high and low of the door. Dry everything and reassemble the refrigerator.

Stainless Steel Sink
Sanitize your kitchen sink to get rid of any toxic grime. Begin by thoroughly wiping down and rinsing out your sink. Sprinkle baking soda over the surface of your sink, work it into a paste and simply rinse. Wipe the faucet and handles with a soapy solution and clean the hard-to-reach areas using a toothbrush.

Ceilings, Walls & Kitchen Cabinets
Take a good look at your kitchen ceilings, walls, and cabinets. You’ll notice grime, grease and spilled food clinging to the surfaces. Get in there and mop the surfaces for grease and unsightly colored splotches. You can use a good quality cleaner or whip up a homemade vinegar and water mix to quickly cut through the grease.

Grease splatters and steam can create a thin, gray film on your windows. Vacuum the window sills, sashes and frames before cleaning with a commercial window cleaner. Use a microfiber cloth to leave your window glass shiny and free of streaks.

Countertops & Backsplashes
Clean, buff and polish your countertops and backsplashes to turn your kitchen into a shiny, new space. Choose the cleaning materials carefully depending on the kind of countertops and backsplashes you have. Remember to spot test material and use gentle scrubbing motions to eliminate grease.

Light Fixtures
Don’t forget your dirty light fixtures. You can soak your glass domes or pendant fixtures in a sink filled with warm, soapy water. Wipe them with a sponge, rinse, and dry. Avoid washing the light fixtures in the dishwasher as they are susceptible to breakage.

Cutting Boards
When was the last time you deep cleaned your cutting boards? Chances are harmful bacteria is managing to linger on your boards! Sprinkle them with salt or baking soda and give it a good scrub with the paste. Rinse thoroughly with hot water and dry. You can even run a lemon over your cutting boards to remove food stains and odors.

Spring is also the perfect time to ensure your appliances and systems run smoothly all year long. Get your refrigerator, oven, stove or any other electrical appliance fixed now. You can call Able Appliance & HVAC Service for same day appliance repair and 24/7 emergency service in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland.

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Most people use microwaves daily to thaw frozen foods, reheat leftovers, and cook meals. Common problems your microwave can develop include:

  • The plate won’t turn.
  • The microwave doesn’t turn on or off.
  • The door won’t close or open.
  • The microwave doesn’t heat properly.
  • It makes strange or loud sounds.
  • The light stops working.
  • The touchpad won’t respond.

Call to schedule a repair today if you notice any of these warning signs.


Whether you own a separate freezer or only the one on your refrigerator, you count on it to keep perishable items frozen for later use. If the freezer fails, you may lose hundreds of dollars worth of food. Some warning signs of freezer malfunction include:

  • Water leaks
  • Frost or ice buildup
  • Strange sounds
  • Temperature variations
  • Constantly running compressor

The freezer also might just stop working.

Ice Makers

Many people enjoy the convenience of built-in ice makers. Signs that yours isn’t working correctly:

  • Ice is fractured, frosted, or strangely shaped.
  • Ice won’t release from the mold.
  • The outside ejector doesn’t produce ice.

Common issues include clogged water lines, incorrectly set thermostats, unlevel mounting, and clogged water filters.


Gone are the days when someone had to wash dishes by hand in the sink daily. Most people use their dishwashers every day to avoid that manual task. You may notice:

  • Your dishes aren’t clean after a wash cycle.
  • The dishwasher won’t run.
  • The machine won’t fill or drain properly.
  • Your dishwasher has a foul odor.
  • Operation makes more noise than usual.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service can diagnose and repair your issue.


Every kitchen has a refrigerator. Some people have them in garages and offices too. We count on these essential appliances to keep our food fresh. It’s time to schedule a repair if:

  • The refrigerator operates constantly or won’t come on at all.
  • The temperature is too hot or too cold, not adjusting with the thermostat.
  • Water leaks onto the floor.
  • The water dispenser won’t release water.
  • The appliance makes loud noises.

Most of these issues are easily repaired.

Ovens, Stoves, and Ranges

Families that enjoy home-cooked meals and freshly baked desserts rely on their ovens and stoves. Owners can choose gas or electric appliances, and the repair issues can differ for each type. However, the problems you may notice remain similar.


  • The oven won’t heat to the set temperature correctly or at all.
  • The interior light won’t come on or turn off.
  • The self-cleaning feature doesn’t work.
  • The door won’t open or close.
  • Your food cooks unevenly.
  • Your controls aren’t responsive.
  • The heating or broiling element won’t ignite or come on.

Stovetops and Ranges

  • Eyes won’t ignite or power on.
  • Temperatures don’t adjust to your settings.
  • The indicator lights don’t work.
  • Turning the eyes on produces sparks or strange smells.
  • Bubbles, cracks, or blisters appear on the cooktop or coils.

Able Appliance & HVAC Service technicians can repair all brands of electric and gas ovens, stoves, cooktops, and gas range tops.

Washers and Dryers

Everyone needs clean clothes, sheets, and towels. Our washers and dryers make that easy to accomplish unless they stop working properly. Each appliance typically gives you signs that repairs are necessary.


  • Water won’t fill or drain.
  • Water overfills or leaks.
  • The agitator won’t spin.
  • The washer vibrates excessively or makes loud noises.
  • Unpleasant odors persist.
  • The door doesn’t open.
  • The machine ruins your laundry.
  • The washer won’t turn on or stop


  • The dryer doesn’t power on or only runs for a short time.
  • The dryer won’t heat or overheat.
  • The machine takes too long to dry laundry.
  • The drum won’t spin.
  • The dryer is too noisy or vibrates excessively.
  • The laundry has wrinkles or lint.

These appliances come in many makes and models, and Able Appliance & HVAC Service can repair them all.

AC and Heating

When your heating or air conditioning isn’t working properly, your home can quickly become uncomfortable. Common issues you’ll notice are:

  • The air isn’t heated or cooled to the correct temperature, the heat blows cold air, or the AC blows hot air.
  • The unit runs constantly or won’t turn on.
  • Fluid leaks from your inside or outside units.
  • Your system is too loud.

Schedule a repair appointment to avoid further damage if you experience any of these problems.

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