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5 Don’ts for the Holidays

Posted on: October 10, 2018

1. Don’t Wait to Self-Clean Oven – The self-clean feature of your oven pushes the appliance to it’s limits. During the self-clean cycle, it reaches temperatures (in the 800° range) that go well beyond those reached on a normal day of baking. Frequently, the stress from the self-clean cycle can cause the oven to breakdown.

*Manufacturers recommend that consumers only run the self-clean cycle of their oven when you can open windows within their home. It is typical for smoke, odd smells and small CO production to be present during the self-clean cycle. If you find yourself on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in an emergency oven cleaning situation, the standard “easy-off” is a great alternative to the self-clean cycle.Most ovens can be cleaned manually/chemically but check your owner’s guide for more information.

2. Don’t Put Off Maintenance or Repairs of Kitchen Appliances – If your oven hasn’t been cooking right since Easter, NOW is the best time to get it fixed! Our schedule fills up faster and faster as we approach the holiday season. We can help with your kitchen appliances and laundry equipment. Visit our website for more information:

3. Don’t Forget to Check Smoke Detectors, CO Detectors and Thermostat Batteries: On average, smoke detectors have a maximum life of 10 years; while CO detectors have a life expectancy between 5-7 years. Even if the batteries are fine and beeping occurs when the button is pushed, the sensing portion on these devices may no longer be active. Refer to the production dates marked on each detector to determine if replacement is due.

Change the batteries in your thermostat at least once a year to maintain thermostat efficiency.

4. Don’t Procrastinate with Scheduling Furnace Cleaning & Safety Inspection: It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be overwhelming. Due to lack of time, many put off scheduling a cleaning and safety inspection of their heating equipment. A cleaning and safety inspection should be higher on your to-do list for 2 reasons! (1) Avoid a major breakdown from occurring during the harsh winter. (2) Keep your family safe. An electronically controlled explosion occurs every time your furnace turns on. An inspection by a trained professional will ensure all components are working properly. It will also reduce the risks of CO poisoning.

5. Don’t Forget the Small Things: Do not miss the moments. Time with family and friends are what make the memories we cherish. Take extra pictures, go to the events that you are invited to and just enjoy – we don’t get a redo!

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