Consumer Watch: Before busy holiday cooking, check and repair all appliances

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 18 at 6:02 PM

(WHAS11)  The holiday season is a busy cooking season with the turkey, the stuffing, the pies and the in-and-out of the oven all day long.  Before your guests arrive, Good Morning Kentuckiana's Andy Treinen says it's time to make sure your appliances are ready to handle the holiday rush.

It's the worst possible scenario; with the holidays now less than a week from kicking off, beginning with thanksgiving, imagine having 20 people in the house for a feast when suddenly your oven bites the dust.  And then there’s the refrigerator.

“If your 'fridge has been acting on the fritz, or your freezer isn't keeping things frozen, it's really time to get them taken care of because what you don't realize is that an appliance care company is really tough to come by right around the holidays,” said one expert.

Angie's List asked some highly-rated appliance repair companies for advice on making sure your appliances are in shape for the holidays.

For the refrigerator, they say you should clean the condenser coils underneath at least once a year; if you have pets, more often than that.  When it comes to the dishwasher, when was the last time you cleaned the filter?  Twice a year is recommended.

And if you haven't run your oven self cleaner in a while, don't start now because that's when it's most likely to break.  "If you're going to self clean your oven, do it in June so you've got plenty of time to get it fixed," said another expert; because as we said, getting it fixed during the holidays can be awfully tough.

Speaking of tough, have you seen my Aunt Ginny?  When the bird isn't cooked to a beautiful bronze and waiting on the table by 5 p.m., it's not pretty.

Andy is back at it on Monday; he will be putting another As Seen on T.V. product to the test; the Gyro Bowl.  Does it really keep your child's snacks from flying all over the place?  We test it out at 4 p.m. on Monday.

If you have an idea for Consumer Watch, or Put It To The Test, Andy wants to hear from you; send him an email at consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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