You’ve got everything you need planned for a successful holiday. Recipes have been perfected, ingredients are in the fridge, and your belly is eagerly awaiting the feast. One thing you may have forgotten in your preparations is your appliances. 

Your major appliances can be taken for granted, until they aren’t doing what you need them to. It’s easy to overlook them in your planning, but checking on your appliances is essential for a worry-free holiday. Follow these home appliance tips to avoid stress this season.

Clean to Avoid Breakdowns

Unfortunately, you’ll need to add cleaning to your holiday checklist. Along with any deep cleaning you might have planned for your home, you should give your appliances a thorough scrubbing. Not only will clean appliances work better, the job will give you the opportunity to find any parts that aren’t working.

In a survey of more than 381,000 appliances, Consumer Reports calculated that 6 percent of respondents reported problems with cooking elements not lighting or heating up on ranges, while 5 percent of people reported refrigerators that didn’t cool properly. An even larger 11 percent of people said their dishwashers stopped cleaning properly. 

Take some time in the coming days and weeks to pull the fridge away from the wall and clean out the dust from the mechanical coils. Deep clean your oven and stove top, making sure all heating elements or gas burners heat and ignite fully. And make sure to clean your dishwasher by setting a single dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack and running a full cycle. These extra steps will help ensure a happier holiday season.

Try Out Your Recipes

Some home appliance tips require some elbow grease, but this one is easy and fun. Don’t wait until the holidays are here to enjoy your meal. Try it out beforehand to make sure your stove and oven will perform how you think they will. Spending some extra time testing out your appliances can help you avoid burned pies or a dishwasher that leaves spots and grime on your dishes. If there is a problem, get the appliance fixed right away so that it is ready to go when the holidays arrive.

We’ll Take Care of It

Fixing a broken appliance is no fun, but you don’t need to be a whiz at repairs to keep your appliances humming along. There are plenty of eager helping hands at the Fair Oaks Apartments—all you have to do is ask. Our on-site management and maintenance teams are there to help if you are having any sort of problems with your appliances. 

If one of your appliances isn’t working correctly, visit the Fair Oaks Resident Portal and submit a work order. We’ll schedule a time for the repair, getting you back on track to holiday happiness. 

The entire staff here at Fair Oaks sincerely wants your holiday wishes to come true this year, so be sure to ask for any assistance you might need. Put these home appliance tips into action to eliminate stress from your holidays.