Keeping Appliances in a Good Shape during the Holiday Season

roasted dinnerWe hope your appliances have made it through Thanksgiving dinner preparation with no problems.

But don’t forget that Christmas family gathering and New Year’s party are still ahead and your overworked appliances might not make it out alive.


At Discount Appliance Repair, we get a lot appliance repair requests during the holiday season. It’s a big inconvenience to lose your appliance when you most need it, which is why we are here to share some tips to help your prolong the life of your appliances.

Don’t ignore the maintenance

Think of this analogy: your knee has been hurting for a while, and you haven’t had it checked out even though you know you’ll be running a marathon in a week. What’s going to happen? You will most likely get a more serious injury and end up in a hospital. The same with your appliances: if you’ve been slacking on maintenance and tune-up, you are risking having the device give out with increased workload.

  • If you know of any existing issues with your appliances, call your local Virginia appliance repair pros to get them fixed.
  • If everything seems fine, clean the appliance inside and out, take off and wipe removable parts.
  • Pay special attention to the vents: for appliances that blow air in and out, like a refrigerator or a dryer, clean the air intake/exit vents.
  • Clean or replace any filters when applicable.

Don’t overload

This is true for most household appliances, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators and dishwashers. We are so busy during the holiday season; we often attempt to save time by doing many things at ones. This may involve filling a washer to the rim or stuffing the fridge to the point where there’s no space left for the air to circulate. It might seem like a time-saver, but all it does is causing your appliances to work slower, wear out faster and decrease in performance.

Whenever possible, avoid overloading appliances: invest in a mini fridge for special occasions, split that huge laundry load in two, or use disposable dishes for mid-cooking tasks.


Do you still have an appliance manual, by the way? Typically, every manual specifically states what kind of misuse can cause damage to the appliance. An example would be putting bones or pasta in the garbage disposal, placing non microwave-safe dishes into the microwave or washing bottles and cans in the dishwasher. You probably know all this, but in the holiday chaos it’s easy to forget or overlook, especially if you trust someone else to run the appliance.

Not following the above tips may cause damage to your appliances and a huge inconvenience to you. Not only you’ll lose a valued helper during the busiest time of the year, but you’ll have to go through the trouble of arranging a repair or replacement, which could be costly. If your appliance breaks, we are your local Virginia appliance repair company you can rely on. Our specialists will determine what’s wrong and what’s the fastest way to fix it.