Steps to a Spotless Dishwasher: A Guide to Proper Cleaning

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As your go-to appliance experts in Virginia, we believe in providing our valued customers with essential tips and tricks to maintain the longevity and efficiency of their appliances. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the often-overlooked chore of cleaning your dishwasher and explore why it’s important for a healthy, hygienic kitchen and the optimal performance of your trusty kitchen companion.

The Importance of a Clean Dishwasher

While dishwashers are designed to clean your dishes, they require a little care themselves to ensure they function optimally and ensure your dishes’ cleanliness. Neglecting regular cleaning can lead to several issues.

Residue Buildup: Over time, food particles, soap scum, and hard water deposits accumulate in your dishwasher’s filter, spray arms, and other components. This residue can lead to subpar cleaning performance and unpleasant odors.

Clogs and Blockages: The accumulation of debris may cause clogs and blockages in the spray arms, affecting water distribution and coverage. This results in poorly cleaned dishes and the need for rewashing.

Bacteria and Odors: A neglected dishwasher can become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, leading to foul odors and potential health concerns.

Reduced Lifespan: Regular cleaning and maintenance can extend your dishwasher’s lifespan, saving you money on repairs and replacements in the long run.

Cleaning Your Dishwasher Step by Step

Now that we understand the importance of a clean dishwasher, let’s dive into the step-by-step process to keep it in top-notch condition:

Check and Clear the Filter: The dishwasher filter is the first line of defense against food particles and debris. Remove the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions and rinse it under warm water to clear any buildup.

Wipe Down the Interior: Using a soft cloth or sponge, wipe down the interior of the dishwasher, paying special attention to the door gasket, the detergent dispenser, and the walls. Use a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap for effective cleaning.

Unclog Spray Arms: Inspect the spray arms for any clogs or blockages. Use a toothpick or a straightened paper clip to clear any debris from the spray arm holes.

Deodorize with Vinegar: Place a dishwasher-safe container filled with white vinegar on the top rack and run a hot water cycle. The vinegar helps break down any remaining residue and eliminates odors.

Final Rinse: For a finishing touch, run a short, hot water cycle with no dishes in the dishwasher to flush out any remaining vinegar or debris.

Clean the Exterior: Don’t forget to wipe down the dishwasher’s exterior with a damp cloth and mild detergent to keep it looking fresh and clean.

Cleaning your dishwasher is a simple yet essential task that ensures its optimal performance, longevity, and the delivery of sparkling-clean dishes with each cycle. At Able Appliances, we prioritize the well-being of your appliances, and we hope this guide helps you maintain a clean and efficient dishwasher.

For all your appliance repair and maintenance needs, trust the experts at Able Appliances. Call us today for reliable appliance services in Virginia, and we’ll ensure your appliances continue to serve you for years to come. Happy dishwashing!

July 2023




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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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