When preparing for vacation during the winter months, there are many things you should do to prep your appliances before you leave. With negative degree weather and winds up over 20 mph, the appliances in your home could be damaged due to cold air and various reasons. Here’s what you need to know to get your appliances ready for when you’re away.
- Make sure all tanks and hoses are completely drained.
- Keep the door of the unit propped open to prevent mold or smells and place a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to help with the smells.
- If your refrigerator has ice and water, leave it plugged in! If it does not, disconnect it from the power source.
- Disconnect the water to the ice maker and the unit from the water shut off on the wall of the refrigerator.
- Disconnect the water lines from the fill valve and remove it from the unit, then shake the valve to remove excess water and store it in a warm place.
- Unplug the dishwasher from its power source.
- Drain the dishwasher.
- Add half a pound of anti-freeze at the bottom of the dishwasher.
- Disconnect water lines from the valves and take them out, shake it to get rid of excess water and keep it in a warm place.
- Keep the door to the dishwasher open to prevent mold or smells.
- Add a gallon of anti-freeze to the tub of the washer, and then start the spin cycle. Let the anti-freezer drain then stop the washer.
- Unplug the washer from its power source.
- Disconnect water lines and take valves out, shake the valve for excess water and store it in a warm place.
- Keep the door to the washer open so mold won’t grow.
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