The holidays are upon us, and it’s hard not to get excited about everything the season entails. It’s time to pull out fluffy blankets, prepare holiday menus, and put up the decorations. From the folks who are world-class chefs and decorating pros to those whose best attempt at creating a festive space is making paper snowflakes, it’s fun to make preparations for the holidays.

With all the work you are doing to get ready, there is one important element you will want to be sure not to neglect: your appliances. It can be easy to overlook your stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and other appliances, and you certainly don’t want to discover a problem just as you are getting ready to cook a big meal. Here are a few appliance maintenance tips to ensure your holidays live up to your dreams.

Try Your Dishes Out ahead of Time

Does your microwave get more use than your oven? There’s no shame in that, but you might want to get to know your oven a little better before your big day of baking arrives. 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. 

Even if you do know your way around the stove, it doesn’t hurt to do a test run. This is one appliance maintenance tip you will enjoy putting into action. You can make sure you know how quickly your oven gets to temperature, whether it runs a little hot, and whether you need more chocolate chips in your cookies. While you’re at it, keep an eye on your fridge and dishwasher to make sure they are working properly.

If there are any problems with these major appliances, you’ll know well in advance and can schedule a time for repairs before the day of your small event.

Give Your Appliances a Deep Cleaning

This is a great time to embrace your inner neat freak and give your appliances a deep cleaning. It might seem counterintuitive to give them a scrub down before they get dirty again with a big cooking day, but cleaning appliances can help keep them working right.

Give your appliances some tender loving care in the weeks before the holidays arrive. A deep cleaning can give you an up-close look at what is working and what needs to be addressed. Pull out the fridge 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.

Call Our Maintenance Crews

At California Palms Apartments, we want your holiday celebrations to be as magical and memory-filled as you envision. To help ensure you have that seasonal magic, our on-site management and maintenance teams are ready to help if you are having problems with your appliances. 

When one of your appliances starts acting up, it can put a big damper on the holidays. Luckily, you have help in your corner to make sure everything goes smoothly. Just head to the California Palms Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our team will schedule a time for the repair, getting you back on track to holiday happiness. 

Use these appliance maintenance tips to avoid any hiccups this holiday season. A little work beforehand will help keep your appliances in tip-top shape and give you the time to get any necessary repairs done well in advance. Let the staff at California Palms give you a hand this year to ensure your holidays are a success.