Preparing Your Appliances for the Holidays

Be prepared–ahead of time.


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A party host’s worst nightmare.  Envision this: it’s your favorite holiday of the year.  You have a large gathering coming later in the day; you’re in the midst of massive preparations in the kitchen and…you discover that your oven doesn’t work! 

Now what to do with the turkey?!? 

Or, your refrigerator has gone on the fritz!  And it is stuffed to the hilt with the ingredients for the evening meal for 16.  Now what??

The holidays are upon us!  It is important that you make sure that your appliances are in tip-top shape!  Take the time to get your appliances ready for the holidays, so you don’t get caught with an oven that won’t heat or a refrigerator that isn’t up the challenge of cooling enough food for the whole family. 

Take the time to prepare and “warm up” your appliances to insure a better chance for Holiday success. Here are some helpful tips to consider:

  • Warm up your oven. If you have a self-cleaning oven, be sure to use this built-in feature two to three weeks before your big event. This function requires the oven to get extremely hot and if used right before your big function, you might not have time to repair or replace key components should there be an inadvertent breakdown. Be sure to use your oven a few times the week before you really need it. This will ensure your meals are being cooked at the right temperature and rule out any surprises before the big day.
  • Wash your dishwasher. One week before your big shindig, empty the dishwasher and run it for about 20 minutes on the pots and pans cycle. Slowly open the door and add 2 cups of vinegar in the reservoir and finish the cycle. This will remove all leftover residue and allow for cleaner wash cycles when used after your Holiday Event.
  • What about your refrigerator?  Is it large enough to hold all the appetizers and leftovers from the holiday meals?  No one wants to see all that preparation go to waste because you just can’t store it, and everyone knows the leftover turkey sandwiches the next day are just as much a part of Thanksgiving as Thanksgiving dinner itself.  Now is the ideal time to purge your fridge and freezer of any leftovers.

    Need to replace or upgrade your appliance?  Contact us at Brubaker Inc. at 717.299.5641 or email us.  We have just the refrigerator, freezer, range, oven, dishwasher, or any other major appliance you need to insure that your holidays are a success!

  • Prepare your plumbing. After Thanksgiving, Murphy’s Law would have it that the garbage disposal will go on the fritz.  Avoid this disaster by never putting down the drain any grease, poultry skins, pasta, coffee grounds, bones or egg shells.  In fact, to help maintain it, put a few ice cubes down it while operating it (always with the faucet running also). 

    Clogged toilets can be a nightmare. Prior to your party, be sure to flush all toilets multiple times to make sure they are running properly. If the toilet seems to be having issues, it might be worth replacing the toilet flapper. Also, don’t forget keep a plunger nearby.  And a trash can.  No cotton balls, sanitary napkins, or wet wipes down the toilet.  They do not readily break down and will tend to clog.

For quick appliance repairs or other plumbing, heating and cooling, or electrical problems, please set up a service call request with us at Brubaker Inc. at 717.299.5641 or email us.  We’ll get you taken care of so that your holidays are a success!



1. How to Prepare Your Appliances Before Thanksgiving Mayhem by Tahlia Hersh for, November 2, 2015
2. Prepare Your Oven for Thanksgiving, November 17, 2015
3. Preparing Your Kitchen for the Holidays