An Overview To Avoid Holiday Mishaps

It’s not the holidays without a few surprises. Hopefully, they are along the lines of an unexpected dinner guest, or a holiday bonus. What you want to avoid are the major surprises, like a refrigerator that goes kaput the night before a celebration or an oven that mysteriously stops working mid-dinner preparation.

The reality is that at some point every main kitchen appliance—refrigerator, dishwasher, oven—will need to be upgraded or replaced. The key is knowing how to recognize when they are on their last legs. You’ll need to decide if you should repair or replace. A good rule of thumb to follow is if the cost of repairs is more than 50 percent of the value of the appliance, it’s better to spend money on a new one instead of a repair that may only address part of the problem. So, do a kitchen appliance check now and avoid any not-so-pleasant surprises later.

Range &Wall Oven: Signs Of A Problem

You’re having temperature issues such as unevenly cooked food, a cooking surface that either won’t heat up at all or gets way too hot.
The self-cleaning feature has stopped working or the door stays latched even after the cleaning cycle is done.
Ignitor failure.
Electric panel starts malfunctioning.

If a new range or wall oven is in order, check out our Range Overview and Wall Oven Overview for helpful tips on styles and features. Or browse our wide range of available cooking appliance options.


On average, most major appliances will last
somewhere between 10 to 15 years.

Refrigerators: Signs Of A Problem

Your food is not staying cold enough (the recommended temperature is between 37 and 40°F). You’re finding excessive condensation inside the fridge, on the outside of the door, or frost in the freezer. The outside is hot to the touch, or the motor is constantly running. Food is spoiling quickly.

If you’re looking for a new refrigerator, we’ve got a ton of options that fit a wide range of budgets. Our Fridge Overview also provides helpful tips on styles, features and more.


For those bulky holiday casserole dishes a side-by-side refrigerator with adjustable shelves comes in handy!

Dishwashers: Signs Of A Problem

Leaking or turning off during the middle of the cleaning cycle.
Water doesn’t drain completely.
Loud noises during operation.
Dishes aren’t hot after a cycle.

If you decide on a new dishwasher, we have a wide variety of styles for you to choose from so that you can customize it to your kitchen.


Cloudy glasses, water spots, or dishes that just won’t come clean can be a sign of a larger problem.

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