It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as people around the country enjoy the holiday season. Decorating the house, cooking up a storm, and cozying up on the couch with a cup of cocoa are the stuff dreams are made of. Unfortunately, appliances that stop working can make all of that a distant memory and replace your joy with a bundle of stress.

Doing a holiday appliance check this year can keep all those wonderful holiday pastimes firmly on your calendar. Skip the worrying about how and when to get your appliances fixed by avoiding issues in the first place. Here are a few things you can do.

Turn on Appliances Early

Finding out your appliances aren’t working will put a sour note on your holiday quickly. 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. 

Doing a quick trial run ahead of the big day will ensure your holidays are joyful, rather than frustrating. Turn on the furnace, bake something in the oven, and run a load through your dishwasher in the weeks before the holidays. A holiday appliance check will allow you to find out if anything isn’t working as it should. You’ll be able to call for a repair in time to have everything in working order for the big day.

Get Rid of the Dirt

Give your appliances a once over to get them spic and span and check for any problems. Scrub the inside of your oven, and check the oven light while you’re in there. 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.

Leave the Job to Our Maintenance Crew

Even if you do have an issue with an appliance, you can enjoy your holidays knowing it will be taken care of for you. At The Evergreens, our on-site management and 24-hour maintenance teams will tackle problems you may have so you can get back to your holiday celebrations. If you have discovered that your garbage disposal or a stove burner has quit working, simply visit The Evergreens’s Resident Portal and submit a work order. Our team will schedule a time for the repair, getting you back on track to holiday happiness. 

Don’t let your appliances cause you to stress this year. A holiday appliance check can save you a lot of trouble and allow you to enjoy the season. Let the staff at The Evergreens help give you the best holiday season possible.