The holidays are just around the corner! As we look back on magical memories of past holidays, it’s always fun to think about what new memories will be made this year, even if the celebrations don’t look quite the same as they normally do. Luckily, making a delicious home-cooked meal is still an option. From tasty hors d’oeuvres to scrumptious seasonal desserts, there are plenty of culinary delights to look forward to. 

What’s probably not on your mind is the possibility that your kitchen appliances will stop working right when you need them. A survey of more than 381,000 appliances by Consumer Reports looked at issues that respondents had with their kitchen appliances. The survey found that 6 percent of people had problems with cooking elements not lighting or heating up on ranges, 5 percent had refrigerators that didn’t cool properly, and 11 percent said their dishwashers stopped properly cleaning. 

Don’t let these potential problems put a wrench in your holiday plans: Do a little appliance maintenance to make sure your seasonal menu stays on track. 

Do Some Deep Cleaning

If your plans include hosting a small, socially distanced gathering, you’re likely planning on giving your home a good, deep clean. But before you set out to conquer your cleaning checklist, consider giving your most-used appliances some detailed attention. 

  • Deep clean your fridge by pulling it away from the wall and cleaning out the dust from the mechanical coils.
  • Deep clean your oven and stove top and make sure all heating elements or gas burners heat and ignite fully.
  • Clean your dishwasher by setting a single dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack and running a full cycle.

Taking these extra steps will help prevent any roadblocks to your perfect holiday meal!

Conduct a Cooking Test Run

Once you’ve done your deep cleaning, the next step to holiday appliance maintenance is to give your appliances a spin! Choose a couple of your recipes from your planned meal (or any recipes that use your oven and stove) and cook them up to make sure your appliances, including your dishwasher, are working properly. If anything gives you trouble, you’ll know with plenty of time to have it repaired before the day of your small event.

Reach Out to Our Maintenance Crew

At Highland Pinetree Apartment Homes, we’re ready to help all your culinary dreams come true. So if any of your appliances aren’t functioning properly, simply visit the Highland Pinetree Apartment Homes Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our on-site management and 24-hour maintenance teams will respond right away to get your plans back on track.

Prepare for holiday success by doing some appliance maintenance ahead of the holidays, and reach out to us for help with any of your appliances. The entire staff here at Highland Pinetree Apartment Homes sincerely wants your holiday wishes to come true this year!