Dishwasher Tips

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Everyone knows how to use a dishwasher, right? Wrong! Many common problems alluded to a faulty dishwasher result from the owner’s doing. Are you constantly opening the dishwasher to find dishes that aren’t completely clean? Maybe your dishes are continuously getting damaged. While you might be quick to call a professional to take a look at your dishwasher, you might want to take a step back and make sure you’re doing everything right to get the best results from the appliance. We’ve come up with four tips to help you get the most out of your dishwasher; Keep reading to learn how you can get your dishes not just clean but dazzling.

Scrape Dishes First:

While dishes don’t necessarily need to be rinsed, it’s best to scrape off excess food before placing them in the dishwasher. Depending on the food, you can scrape it in the trash or put it down the garbage disposal. Either way, your dishwasher isn’t equipped to rinse off dense mashed potatoes, scoopfuls of barbecue chicken, or other scraps. Think of it this way; a dishwasher is meant to wash, not dispose of!

Load it Properly:

Loading the dishwasher seems simple enough, right? Just place the dishes in the dishwasher, throw in some detergent, and choose which cycle you want. As it turns out, there’s a right and a wrong way to load your dishes. Loading the dishwasher the wrong way can prevent dishes from getting a full cleanse while knowing the proper way to load leads to an efficient and thorough cleaning cycle. Smaller items such as cups, soup bowls, and larger utensils should be reserved for the top rack, while larger items like cutting boards, mixing bowls, and pots should be placed on the bottom. Doing so allows for detergent and water to reach every item. If larger items are placed on top, they block items on the bottom rack from a thorough wash.

Examine New Dishes’ Labels:

Every time you get new dishes, be sure to check the packaging or any labels to know if it’s dishwasher safe or needs to be hand washed. Older items like china or delicate champagne glasses might be too fragile for a modern-day appliance. Some items are made up of materials that cannot sustain the heat from a dishwasher. The last thing you want is for a meaningful or new dish to be ruined by the dishwasher when it could have been easily prevented.

Keep Filters Clean:

A clean filter for your dishwasher is essential to clean your dishes effectively and efficiently. Newer models of dishwashers typically have a manual filter. If this is the case, you can remove the filter and clean it by hand using hot water, dish soap, and a brush you might use to hand wash dishes. On the other hand, older dishwashers tend to have automatic self-cleaning filters. With a self-cleaning filter, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about if it’s clean or not. However, you might want to put a bowl of distilled white vinegar on the top rack and run a normal cleaning cycle from time to time. This will help remove any grease or build-up left on the filter.


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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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