The end of the year approaches, which means the holidays are just around the corner. This means festivities, fun, and time for traditions that usher in the season and bring back memories of holidays past. 

What is hopefully never a tradition is when a kitchen appliance doesn’t perform properly. 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 properly cleaning. 

Don’t let a household dilemma ruin your festivities: Make sure to keep up these holiday appliance maintenance services and you will have a smooth holiday season for you and your loved ones. 

Give Your Appliances a Good Scrub

If you are planning on cooking up a big holiday meal for your family, you likely have prepped your kitchen by buying ingredients and tidying the counters. But don’t ignore your appliances. The best way to prevent issues with their functionality is to give them some detailed attention. 

If you need a place to start, the fridge is a perfect project to tackle. Pull it away from the wall and clean out the dust from the mechanical coils. From the fridge, you can move to the oven or stove, checking that all the heating elements or gas burners heat and ignite properly. If they are having trouble, on electric stoves, you should take out each burner and clean it individually. And don’t forget about your dishwasher. If your dishes are coming out dirty, you can clean by setting a single dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack and running a full cycle. These few steps will set you up for kitchen success this year.

Cook with Your Appliances Beforehand

If it has been a while since you turned your kitchen on full blast, or even if you cook all the time, it is a good idea to test them out before the pressure is on. A couple of weeks prior to your big cooking day, turn on all the appliances you are planning on using and whip up some delicious dishes. Then run your dishwasher after to make sure everything comes clean. 

Then, if you have any problems, you are prepared in advance and can get in contact with maintenance for some professional holiday appliance maintenance services. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out to Our Maintenance Crew

At Stonybrook, we want you to have the perfect holiday. That’s why our on-site management and 24-hour maintenance teams are always available to help if you run into issues with your kitchen. If anything goes wrong, from your fridge to your dishwasher, just visit Stonybrook’s Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our team will respond as soon as possible and schedule a repair. You will be back on track to holiday happiness in no time!

Stop stressing about broken appliances during the holidays and start keeping up with your holiday appliance maintenance services like deep cleaning and test cooking. And if anything isn’t working, remember to reach out to our maintenance team as soon as repairs are needed. The entire staff at Stonybrook sincerely wishes you all the best this holiday season.