The holiday season is upon us, bringing festivities and fun-filled memories. Nothing brings more delight than the first day of winter weather, a delicious roast turkey, cookies baking in the oven, or holiday lights twinkling outside.

The holiday season is full of joy, but it also comes with lots of challenges. One of these challenges is in your kitchen. Nothing sets back a holiday meal more than broken kitchen appliances. 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. 

Don’t let household dilemmas ruin your festivities: Use these three appliance maintenance tips to make sure you have a truly magical season for you and your loved ones. 

Protect Your Appliances by Deep Cleaning

Cleaning the home is usually the first step in preparing for a small holiday gathering. Why should cleaning your appliances be any different? Before you pour your elbow grease into other parts of your home, give your kitchen appliances some attention. Do your best to deep clean by pulling the fridge away from the wall and cleaning out the dust from the mechanical coils. Scrub your oven and stove top, and if you can, remove the burners and clean them individually. If your dishwasher is dirty, set a single dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack and run a full cycle. These appliance maintenance tips will help ensure a happier holiday season. 

Make a Test Meal before the Big Day

Whether you are a novice or an expert, testing your appliances before you cook a big meal is always a good idea. A couple of weeks out from the day you need to cook, use all your big appliances to whip up some food. You can cook the same dishes on the menu for your big meal, or just make a delicious dish that you like. Afterwards, be sure to run the dishwasher to make sure everything comes out clean. If problems do arise, you will know in advance and have plenty of time to schedule repairs before your small gathering. 

Schedule a Maintenance Visit

At Somerset Apartments, we hope that your holiday celebrations are as magical and memory-filled as you want them to be. That is why our on-site management and 24-hour maintenance teams are always ready to assist you with any type of problems with your appliances. If you find that your oven won’t stay hot or your fridge is too cold, simply visit Somerset’s Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our maintenance team will respond right away to schedule a repair, putting you right back on track with your magical meal prep. 

Avoid the stress of broken appliances this holiday season with these appliance maintenance tips, a test meal, and the reminder that Somerset staff is here for you. Our entire team sincerely wishes you happy holidays and hopes all your festive wishes come true.