How to Prepare Your Appliances for Vacation
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How to Prepare Your Appliances for Vacation

The kids are out of school, we’ve been bunkered down for a year and the sunshine is calling your name for a little R&R. Happy Traveling Season! It’s well deserved this year and to sweeten the pot, we’ve put together a list of To Do’s to make sure your home and appliances are ready for the vacancy.

  1. Refrigerator Care – The majority of us leave the refrigerator on while we step out for a vacation. To make the most of this, make sure you’re utilizing any perishable items the week prior or take a few extra minutes to freeze those items. If your refrigerator is connected to the household water supply, we suggest turning off the water supply to the refrigerator. You could face an unpleasant surprise upon your return if you do not. 
  2. Ice Maker Care – This is a pretty simple one. If your ice maker is set up to automatically make ice, be sure to turn it off. Simply raise the wire arm to the OFF (up) position and empty your ice maker.
  3. Washer Care – When you’re going to be out more than a couple of days, we strongly suggest that you unplug or disconnect the power supply to the washer. And to prevent any water damage, go ahead and turn off the water supply to the washer. The last thing you want to tend to when you get home, all sunkissed, is flooding because of a water pressure surge and your water supply was left on. 
  4. Dryer Care – Much like the ice maker, this one is pretty simple as well. Simply unplug the dryer or disconnect the power and clean your lint trap. For gas dryers, close the shut off valve to the gas supply line to your dryer.
  5. Dishwasher Care – To reduce the risk of property damage during your vacation we suggest turning off the water supply and power to the dishwasher. Should your vacation be over the cooler months, make sure that your supply lines are protected against freezing conditions. If ice builds up in your supply lines, that can increase water pressure and cause damage to your dishwasher or even your home. Note – Damage to your dishwasher because of freezing is NOT covered by your warranty.

We hope that you enjoy your vacation and find this blog helpful. It’s always best to take precautions to prevent damage to your home while you’re away. Get familiar with your Use and Care Guide provided to you by your appliance’s manufacturer. There may be more specific information to help you further. If you’re having an issue with one of your appliances, give us a call or book an appointment online and one of our professional technicians will be happy to assist you. Thank you for letting our family help yours!

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