Thanksgiving is nearly here, and if your to-do list is higher than a pile of mashed potatoes, we recommend getting prepared now so you can fully enjoy the holiday with your family. Here’s our guide to Thanksgiving dinner to help you stay on track and ensure your appliances don’t cause you additional stress.
Thanksgiving Appliance Repair Checklist
Clean Your Oven
Your oven will be the star of the show on Thanksgiving, cooking up a delicious turkey. That’s why it’s essential to clean and test for proper function at least five days in advance. While it’s unnecessary to clean your oven after every use, frequent spot cleaning means less extensive cleaning later. We recommend deep cleaning your oven at least every three to six months and regularly spot-cleaning. This will make your food tastier and your home smell more pleasant. Avoid self-cleaning your oven the night before your Thanksgiving dinner. Many failures happen after a self-clean.
Test Your Dishwasher
No one wants to hand wash dishes after using nearly every dish in the household. Instead, let your dishwasher do the work! To ensure the appliance is working properly, turn on your kitchen faucet and run the water until it’s hot before you turn on the dishwasher. The target temperature at the kitchen faucet is 130 degrees. By turning on the hot water first, the dishwasher can pull hot water versus starting with cold. Also, make sure you stock up on high-quality detergent and rinse aid. Pro tip: Don’t pack the dishes too tightly.
Clean Out Your Refrigerator
Before you head to the grocery store to stock up on all of your tasty Thanksgiving essentials, make sure to clean out your refrigerator so you can use every square inch of space for all of those side dishes and turkey. If the fridge seems a bit warmer than usual, clean the condenser coils behind or underneath the refrigerator. Dirty coils can place excess strain on the compressor or even cause it to overheat.
Washer and Dryer
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner means you most likely use a lot of linens. Between table runners, placemats, napkins, aprons, and towels, you’ll have quite a bit of laundry to do. Before the big day, make sure the appliances are properly balanced. In addition, remove any excess lint in the lint dryer and check for any foreign objects stuck in the washer’s drain pump. If you’ve read our previous blogs, you know that more detergent doesn’t mean cleaner clothes, so avoid using too much detergent to prevent buildup and excess suds.
Check Your Wine Cooler
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a toast! If you keep your wine collection in a wine cooler, make sure to check the temperature using a thermometer. Homeowners should keep wine at 40-to-65-degrees Fahrenheit with 50-80% humidity.
Need Appliance Repair Before Thanksgiving? Contact iFiX in Utah Today!
For holiday appliance repair, give iFiX, LLC a call today! iFiX provides honest, fast, in-home appliance repair services to Utah customers. We hope you and your family have an enjoyable holiday season.