The holidays are just around the corner, and with these fun-filled times come new memories and traditions. Some of these traditions may include roasting the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, baking dozens of delicious holiday cookies, plugging in twinkling lights, flipping the thermostat from cold to heat for the first time, and even spending a few extra minutes warming up in a hot shower each morning. 

However, you cannot do any of these things without the proper tools. What is often not planned for during the holiday season is when a household appliance breaks down and does not perform its job correctly. In a survey of more than 381,000 household appliances, Consumer Reports calculated that 6 percent of respondents reported having problems with cooking elements not lighting or heating up the way that they should, while 5 percent of people reported refrigerators that didn’t cool properly. An even larger 11 percent of people said that their dishwashers no longer cleaned their dishes fully.

Don’t let the need for appliance maintenance ruin your festivities. Add the following three items to your holiday checklist to ensure a truly magical season for you and your loved ones. 

Avoid Breakdowns by Deep Cleaning Your Appliances

Many people use the holiday season as a time to deep clean their homes anyway. While you are at it, spend a little extra time cleaning and give your household appliances some extra attention.

Take some time in the coming days and weeks to perform some appliance maintenance. 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 of the heating elements and gas burners heat and ignite fully. In addition, clean your dishwasher by setting a single dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack and running a full cycle. Simply performing these extra steps will help to ensure that you have a happier, more stress-free holiday season this year.

Schedule a Cooking Test Run

Whether or not you have used your kitchen appliances recently, before the holidays is the perfect time to test them all out. A couple of weeks before beginning to prepare your holiday meal, turn the oven on to bake a casserole or batch of cookies. Then, test out the dishwasher by loading it up with all the dirty dishes and making sure everything comes out clean. 

If there turns out to be any problems with these appliances, you’ll know well in advance and will have plenty of time to schedule an appointment for the appliances to be repaired before they need to be used again for holiday dinner. 

Reach Out to Our Maintenance Crew

At Villa Serrano Apartments, we want to be sure your holiday celebrations are as magical and memory-filled as they can be. To help ensure that your holidays are full of joy and festivity, 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 dishwasher or fridge is not working the way that it should, simply visit Villa Serrano’s Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our team will be happy to help and will schedule a time for the repair right away, getting you back on track to holiday happiness as soon as we can. 

Avoid the extra stress of a broken appliance this holiday season by spending some extra time on appliance maintenance beforehand and remembering to reach out to our maintenance team as soon as repairs are needed for help getting those pesky appliances fixed and ready to go. The entire staff here at Villa Serrano sincerely wants your holiday to be filled with joy and warmth this year.