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Avoiding Appliance Problems Around the Holidays

The holidays are right around the corner, and you’re probably eager to check off items on your to-do list. While you’ve most likely prepared your holiday dinner plans and have set out the crystal, you may be forgetting to show some TLC to your appliances before the holidays arrive.

If you’re hosting for the holidays, the last thing you want is a faulty appliance on your hands. Taking the proper precautions ahead of time can ensure your day will be free of inconvenient disruptions! Keep reading to learn more about how to care for your appliances ahead of the busy holiday season.

Clean the Oven

We often receive requests from homeowners who are experiencing oven issues after using the self-cleaning feature during the holiday season. It’s always a good idea to test out the self-cleaning feature ahead of dinner parties and before you need to cook. In some cases, this feature can result in a burnt-out heating element and fuses. We recommend testing the feature with plenty of time before your gathering in the event a repair is necessary.

Clean the Dishwasher

After your turkey day feast, you’ll need a fully functioning dishwasher to help clean up the mess. It’s crucial to show some extra attention to your dishwasher before the big day to ensure you can effectively clean all the dishes.

You’ll want to avoid clogged dishwasher jets, so make sure to scrape all excess food into the trash. Chunks of food can easily clog the jets and cause water to leak in the kitchen. Try running hot water in the closest sink to the dishwasher before starting. This trick can keep the water hot at the beginning of the first cycle.

Remember to use appropriate amounts of soap, as excessive suds can make your dishwasher less effective and slower.

Organize the Fridge

Your refrigerator is soon to be full of casseroles, pies, and sides, and you’ll need enough space to accommodate the larger dishes. Before the holidays arrive, clean out your refrigerator and organize it! While a fresh new fridge can be tempting to pack to the brim with groceries, try not to overload the refrigerator. A packed fridge has to work harder to keep your food cold due to limited airflow.

Don’t Forget About the Lint Trap

Texas weather is starting to get chillier, and with the colder weather comes cozy sweaters and blankets to bundle up in. While you’re washing and drying your fuzzy blankets and sweaters, it’s especially important to clean the lint trap of your dryer after each use. A clogged lint trap can be a fire hazard, posing a threat to both your appliance and home.

Prepare Your Microwave

While we use our ovens and stoves for cooking up some of our favorite seasonal treats, the microwave can be quite the convenient sidekick on Thanksgiving. Whether you’re reheating a slice of pie or an appetizer, it’s crucial to have your microwave in good condition and ready to cook!

Inspect your microwave’s turntable to ensure it is turning. It’s also a good idea to give your microwave a complete clean. Place a wet sponge on the turntable, heat at full power for two minutes, and the steam will help melt the grime right off.

Appliance Repair Professionals in Conroe

The holidays can quickly go south due to malfunctioning appliances. Let our team of appliance repair specialists come to the rescue! We can inspect your unit and provide a lasting solution. Lone Star Appliance Repair is here to serve your appliance repair needs and keep your home in working order. Give us a call at (936) 296-3355 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your service!