Halloween is over, and the holiday season is here! Chilly weather and festive traditions make this a memory-filled season every year. Some of those memories are traditional and some not, but all are loads of fun! 

What is not very fun during the holiday season 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 pesky broken appliance stop you from enjoying your festivities: follow these three appliance maintenance tips to make sure you have the best holidays possible. 

Consider a Deep Clean

If you have ever hosted a holiday gathering before, you have likely spent time deep cleaning your home before your guests arrived. This season, include your kitchen appliances in your routine, and don’t be afraid to give them some detailed attention. 

First, pull your fridge away from the wall and clean out the dust from the mechanical coils. You can then move to the oven and stove. Take the time to make sure the heating elements and burners heat and ignite fully. If your stove is electric, take the burners out and clean them individually. Don’t forget about the dishwasher; 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 Cooking a Test Meal

Don’t leave your holiday meal to chance. Now is the time to test your appliances and recipes out before the big day in the kitchen. A couple of weeks before you plan on doing the cooking for your holiday meal, turn all the appliances you are going to use on and cook whatever you like. Then, load up the dishwasher and make sure everything comes clean. By testing all the appliances, you will find out early if they have any issues that need to be fixed by a professional and can schedule a time to have them repaired.

Get Professional Maintenance from Our Team

At Sundial Apartment Homes, we don’t want there to be anything stopping you from having holiday celebrations that are as magical and memory-filled as you envision. If these appliance maintenance tips aren’t enough, our on-site management and 24-hour maintenance teams are poised and ready to help you get all your appliances running again in no time. If, while you were cooking, you noticed that one of your stove burners won’t heat up, simply visit Sundial’s Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our team will arrange a time for repair right away, so you lose no time in preparing for holiday happiness. 

Stop your worries about broken appliances this holiday season by spending a little extra time following these appliance maintenance tips. If you clean and test your appliances and reach out to maintenance when you need repairs, you should be set to have the happiest of holidays yet!