The holidays are just around the corner, ushering in waves of memories and nostalgia. 

The memories and the traditions that come with them make the holiday season special. Whether it’s roasting the perfect turkey, baking cookies with family members, or just watching holiday movies on TV, everyone has something they plan to get into the holiday spirit. 

What you don’t plan on is unreliable kitchen appliances. The kitchen is a central part of celebrating the holidays, so a broken appliance has the potential to be a big disaster. To avoid household dilemmas, follow these three tips for appliance maintenance and have the happiest holidays possible. 

Deep Clean before You Start Cooking

You wouldn’t want to host a small gathering without a clean house. So why would you cook without clean appliances? Give your most reliable kitchen tools some love before you dive into your big meal. 

Take some time in these next few weeks to give each appliance some individual scrubbing. Pull out your fridge 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 ignite fully. If you have an electric stove, go one step further and take your burners out to clean them individually for an even flame. And last but not least, make sure your dishwasher is clean. If your dishes aren’t sparkling when you take them out, set a single dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar on the top rack and run a full cycle. These extra steps will help ensure a happier holiday season.

Cook a Test Meal First

No matter if you cook every day or not at all, testing out your appliances before you use them for a big meal is always a good idea. A couple of weeks before you need to cook, turn on the oven and stove and whip up some food. It doesn’t have to be the dishes you are planning on cooking for the holidays. Cooking anything is a great way to make sure you don’t have any major appliance maintenance issues. 

If you do, it is not the end of the world. If you make a test meal, you will know far enough in advance to schedule a maintenance time to get the issue fixed. 

Arrange for Maintenance If You Need It

At Solara Apartments, we hope to help you make your holiday celebrations as magical and memory-filled as you envision. If you run into stumbling blocks, our on-site management and 24-hour maintenance teams are ready to help if you are having any sort of problems with your appliances. Whether your stove won’t get hot or your fridge won’t stay cold, all you have to do is visit Solara’s Resident Portal and schedule a time for the repair. You will be right on track for holiday happiness. 

Stop the stress of a broken appliance before it even starts by making sure you are up to date with your appliance maintenance. Clean and test your appliances and schedule maintenance as needed. The entire staff at Solana sincerely wants to help all your holiday wishes come true this year!