With Thanksgiving almost here, we are officially entering the holiday season! Festivities like roasting turkey, baking cookies, putting up decorations, or even just sipping on some hot chocolate are the norm and fill these next few months with fun-filled memories. 

Something that is not the norm is when your kitchen appliances don’t perform properly when you need them. 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. 

But don’t let a little household dilemma stop you from having the perfect holidays: Keep up with a few holiday appliance checks to make sure you have a truly magical holiday season. 

Do a Little Deep Cleaning

The first thing you should check is that your appliances are clean and functioning well. Just like you clean your house, kitchen appliances need tidying every once in a while to keep them in tip-top shape.

Take some time in the coming days and weeks to deep clean your oven and stove top, and check on the burners and heating elements. If you have an electric stove, you can take the burners out and scrub for a deeper clean. You should also pull your fridge out from the wall and clean out the dust from the mechanical coils. And don’t forget your dishwasher. Give it a refresh 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.

Test Your Appliances by Cooking 

After cleaning, the best way to know if your appliances are truly functional is by cooking a test meal with them before your big cooking day. A couple of weeks before your meal, turn on the oven and stove and whip up an extra batch of cookies or that night’s dinner. Just make sure you are using your appliances to the capacity you will need when you make your holiday meal. If you discover any problems while you do these holiday appliance checks, you will know far enough in advance to schedule a proper maintenance appointment and get back on schedule in no time. 

Utilize Our Maintenance Crew

At Summer Crest, we hope you will have the happiest of holidays when you are with us. To help ensure that seasonal magic, we make sure our on-site management and 24-hour maintenance teams are always ready to help if you have any sort of trouble with your kitchen. 

If you find in your holiday appliance checks that your oven is broken or your dishwasher just won’t clean your dishes, simply visit Summer Crest’s Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible and schedule a repair. You won’t miss a moment of precious holiday fun. 

Escape the stress of a broken appliance this holiday season by following simple steps like doing a deep clean and cooking ahead of time. But if you do run into issues, remember to reach out to maintenance as soon as repairs are needed. The entire staff here at Summer Crest sincerely want your holidays to be the best they can be!