Holiday Appliance Prep Guide

Posted by The Appliance Parts Experts on 11/16/2016 to Appliance Maintenance

During the holiday season, we tend to use our major appliances more than we do during the rest of the year.  With friends and family visiting and holiday meals fast approaching, now is a crucial time to prepare.  We’ve gathered up some helpful tips so you can be sure your appliances are ready.

Turkey in Oven

Let’s start off with some general tips:

  •  Replace Parts – If you find damaged parts like a cracked handle, missing knob, or torn seal you can easily replace them yourself and instantly make your appliances seem newer
  •  Know the Dos and Don’ts – Avoid a mishap and make sure you know what can & can’t go in your appliances. For example, avoid putting fats and starches down the disposer & hold off on using your oven's self-clean function until after the holidays.
  • Safety First – Make sure that your smoke alarms are working & your fire extinguisher is up to date and accessible.  


Clean, Clean, Clean – For an easy cleaning solution combine 2 cups of hot water with a cup of vinegar and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Use this mix to wipe down the interior, shelves, and even the handles and doors.  Don’t forget to check for dust under or even behind the fridge. 

Clear it Out – Go through your refrigerator and freezer and get rid of anything that has expired or that you don’t want or need.


Clean it Out – You might have noticed a theme in this blog. To clean the interior empty the dishwasher of any dishes, etc. and add an Affresh Tab.  Run a normal wash without any detergent, then wipe the interior with a cloth.

What to Load – Check to see if it’s dishwasher safe.  Materials like China, Cast Iron, & Wood shouldn’t go in the dishwasher. For additional tips check out: How to Load Your Dishwasher for Best Results 

Range / Oven

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The Cooktop – For gas ranges soak the burner grates and scrub them down & clean the burners, leaving them plenty of time to dry.  For glass electric cooktops, try a baking soda paste or a cleaner like Affresh Cooktop Cleaner

Check the Temp – Test your oven’s accuracy with a thermometer.  If the reading doesn’t match what you set it to, try to have it checked out.  Until repaired, note the difference & adjust accordingly.   

If you find that you need replacement parts or cleaners for your appliances, you can find everything you need on our website! For help, feel to contact our parts experts

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