With the holidays approaching, it’s the ideal time to start curling up with a warm blanket, drinking some hot chocolate, and cranking up the furnace. Add to that the smell of a turkey in the oven and fresh rolls on the table, and you’ve got it made. Of course, if your stove won’t turn on or the furnace is on the fritz, things can get a lot less cozy.

Thankfully, performing some appliance maintenance can head off any issues with your appliances. Here are a few ideas to keep your appliances working for you when you need them.

Start with a Deep Clean

Just like your mom always told you, you need to do your chores before you can have fun. If you want your appliances to work well through the holidays, start with a deep cleaning. While you are scrubbing and dusting away, you can check for any parts in the appliances that aren’t working well. 

This little bit of appliance maintenance can help you avoid some common problems. According to a Consumer Reports survey, 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. Keeping an eye on your appliances helps you spot these issues.

Take some time in the coming days and weeks to pull the fridge away from the wall 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.

Cook a Test Batch

Give your appliances a test run before you really need them. You don’t want to fire up your heater on a cold day and find it doesn’t work. And, it goes without saying that a broken oven would be a serious hindrance to your cookie-making efforts. Give your appliances a test run before you need to use them to ensure they are in working order. You’ll have plenty of time to get any necessary repairs, and the process will be much smoother than if you have to wait for help while you are cold or hungry for cookies. 

Let Us Take Care of It

At Eastside Apartments, we want your holiday celebrations to be as magical and memory-filled as you envision. To help ensure that seasonal magic, our on-site management and 24-hour maintenance teams are ready to help if you are having any sort of problems with your appliances. 

If you have discovered that your garbage disposal or a stove burner has quit working, simply visit the Eastside Apartments Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our team will respond right away and schedule a time for the repair, getting you back on track to holiday happiness. 

Some simple appliance maintenance measures will go a long way. Take care of your appliances and be sure to test them ahead of time so you can have a cozy holiday season. Our Eastside Apartments staff is eager to help your holiday dreams come true, so don’t hesitate to ask for help with your appliance needs.