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RepairClinic.com Suggests an “Appliance Spa Makeover”:

Prepare Your Kitchen Appliances for the Holiday Season by Pampering Them Now

CANTON, MI - November 19 , 2008 -Let’s face it, your kitchen appliances are going to get a serious workout during the holiday season -- there will be more spills, splatters, and boil-overs, in and on your kitchen appliances during the holidays than at any other time of the year. What can you do to get them ready for their biggest “performance” of the year?  RepairClinic.com is suggesting an “Appliance Spa Makeover”. 

A Bath and a Makeover.
Your appliances could certainly benefit from a really good bath.  But as you know, when you’re at a spa, you don’t use just plain soap and water.  And your appliances will require some highly specialized cleansers, too.   Be sure to refer to the owner’s manual for recommended cleansers for your particular appliance model.

There are some appliance parts that even after a bath, cannot be salvaged.  This is where the “makeover” comes in.  According to John Sowden, host of the WJR Radio’s “The Appliance Repair Show” and Vice President of Purchasing at Repairclinic.com, “Some parts need to be tweaked, while others should just be replaced.  For example, if the broiler pan in your range is badly stained, you’ll probably want to replace it.  But there are other areas of your appliances that simply need a good cleaning.”  Here are some suggestions for giving your appliances that much-needed makeover before the holidays.

Your refrigerator is the workhorse of every holiday gathering—whether it’s storing food in preparation for the events or keeping leftovers fresh for another round the next day.

  • If your refrigerator is self-defrosting, the frost accumulation melts into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator/freezer and evaporates. However, it can develop a bad odor over time, but it can often be removed for cleaning by unclipping the lower grill and sliding the pan out the front of the refrigerator/freezer.
  • On many refrigerators, there is a set of coils underneath and a cooling fan that should be cleaned at least once a year. The coils may look like a grate or a wide radiator. Unplug the refrigerator/freezer and use a long, thin condenser brush and  a special, longer attachment for your vacuum to clean any lint, pet hair, and other debris from the coils.
For odors in the refrigerator/freezer try placing an open box of baking soda or, for tougher odors, try Fridge Aid, an activated charcoal deodorizer.    

The range top can get very messy with gravy, drippy pans, and other holiday favorites.  There are two things you can do: give it a thorough cleaning, which will work fine for some messes.  But if you have badly stained burner drip pans, they may need to be replaced.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the difference a few fairly inexpensive new burner pans can make in the appearance of your range! Plus, they help speed up the cooking by radiating heat back to the pan.

If your oven is self-cleaning, consult the owner's manual for instructions on how to use this feature. Chris Hall, President, Repairclinic.com advises, “If you’re planning to clean your oven before a major holiday event, do it at least a couple of weeks in advance of any special events to give yourself time to deal with any negative repercussions, since ovens have been known to break down right after a self-clean.   The procedure is quite stressful on the appliance because of the incredibly high temperature it reaches during the process.”
The self-cleaning feature works by heating the interior of the oven to a temperature so hot that it incinerates the residue inside the oven. Normally, it is not a good idea to clean the interior of a self-cleaning oven with a spray cleaner; however, refer to your owner's manual or contact the manufacturer of your oven for further information.

For other range-cleaning projects:

  • Non-abrasive cleansers can be used on most range/oven control glass or metal panels.
  • The broiler pan that comes with most range/ovens is porcelain-coated steel. Clean it with a non-abrasive cleanser. If you’re having trouble getting stains out of the broiler pan, consider replacing it.
  • Note: Never spray cleaners directly onto the control panel. Instead, put some cleaner on a soft, damp cloth, then wipe the surface.

Accessorize, accessorize.
The number one rule for excellent style: Accessorize, accessorize! Why should it be any different for your appliances?

If the drip pans or bowls on your range are stained, it’s nearly impossible to get them completely clean again.  And this is usually the first thing someone will see when they come into your kitchen. They should be replaced about every 2 to 3 years.

You can replace the light bulb(s) in your range/oven, though you may need to remove a glass covering or dome to reach it. Most interior oven lights require a universal 40 watt appliance bulb.

If the trays, drawers or other accessories in your fridge have seen better days, maybe it’s time for them to go.  Consider ordering replacement pieces.

If there are broken handles, knobs, or panels, or if you’re having trouble reading the settings on the knobs of any of your appliances, take the time to get them replaced. You can go to Repairclinic.com to find instructions about how to install the part, along with a large inventory of available parts.

Go ahead and show off.
Doesn’t it feel great to have bright, shiny, like-new appliances—freshly cleaned, with new parts and accessories? It’s as if they just came off the delivery truck.  Now when your home is filled with holiday décor, your appliances will add to the elegance. They’ll shine and sparkle for your guests, just as you had hoped.  You’ll be so proud, you might just do a little showing off.  If you do, don’t forget to tell your guests that you did it all yourself!

About RepairClinic.com

Founded in Canton, Michigan, in 1999, RepairClinic.com® is the most comprehensive online resource for do-it-yourself home appliance repair help, including online appliance parts sales and detailed appliance repair information.  The site features more than 80 appliance brands—including Kenmore, Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Frigidaire, and LG—across 16 appliance types (e.g., washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and dishwashers).  Do-it-yourselfers use the helpful database, PartDetective®, to find the part they need or the leading-edge service, RepairGuru®, for free, customized repair help. Appliance parts are stocked in a 72,000 sq. ft. facility and shipped the same business day. Visit www.RepairClinic.com for more information.