Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa ... the holidays will soon be here and with them come an onslaught of family and food. The quickest way to put a damper on your holiday fun is an appliance breakdown. The experts at Sears HomeCentral® have put together a list of the top 10 repairs that typically occur at this time of year so you can prepare your home ahead of time. Take a look at their list to see what you need to check in your home and be sure to call 800-4-MY-HOME or stop by the more than 500 Sears Parts & Repair Centers across the country to find out about "holiday saver" specials.
-- Oven and Range: Without a doubt, an oven and range work overtime during the holidays. Don't be stuck with an uncooked turkey on Thanksgiving Day -- plan ahead to prevent cooking dilemmas. 1. Bake element burnt out -- Nothing could be worse than discovering your oven is cold while the turkey is in it. A preventive maintenance check by a trained technician will inspect this along with the oven temperature to be sure it's heating to the temperature selected. These checks can help cancel a call to order carryout turkey dinners for the family. -- Refrigerator: Your family dinner would be spoiled, literally, if your refrigerator went out the day before the holiday meal. The experts at Sears HomeCentral say replacing parts such as thermostats and door gaskets can help keep your refrigerator cold and your perfect holiday food from going bad. 2. Refrigerator not cooling properly -- It's important to keep the condenser coils clean and cleared of any obstruction to allow for proper airflow. If you hear a chirping noise from your unit, this could be an indication that the evaporator fan motor is failing. 3. Icemaker tubing -- A houseful of company means lots of drinks will be served, with icemakers in refrigerators in full demand. The tubing that brings the water from the home plumbing to the refrigerator is sometimes made of plastic, which can become brittle and crack easily. A technician can tell you if your tubing is plastic and whether there are any signs of cracking. -- Washer and Dryer: Making sure your washer and dryer are working will pay off by preventing family trips to the Laundromat. The experts at Sears HomeCentral have found several repeat problems with consumers' machines. 4. Washer timer knob -- The piece you turn to operate the wash machine needs to work properly if you want your machine to start. The knob can become worn and break off from the shaft. A service technician can replace this part quickly and easily. 5. Broken lid switches -- The lid switch is important because it stops the wash cycle to prevent injuries when consumers reach into their machines. A preventive maintenance check of your washer can reveal the condition of the switch and whether replacement is necessary. 6. Laundry pump -- As you know, pumping water out of your washer is essential. Pumps can fail so a preventive maintenance check is an important step to ensuring your guests have clean towels during their stay. 7. Dryer rollers/belt -- If your dryer makes a squeaky noise during its cycle, the roller and/or belt may need replacing. It's a good idea to get the belt checked to determine the amount of wear and tear. 8. Laundry heating element -- Obviously, you need heat in a dryer to dry clothes. The heating element can burn out leaving you with having to throw together a makeshift clothesline. Have a service technician determine the condition of the heating element and whether it needs to be replaced. -- Dishwasher: No doubt there will be an endless stream of dishes, glasses and silverware piling into your dishwasher, so it's important that your unit can handle the extra loads. 9. Dishwasher fill valve -- No water into the dishwasher means no clean dishes. If an insufficient amount of water is entering your unit, have a technician check the water inlet valve screen for possible blockage. If your hot water pipes rattle during a fill cycle, the water inlet valve should be replaced. 10. Leaky dishwasher -- A leaky dishwasher can be caused simply from using too much soap or because the unit is not level. But, a leak also can be the result of a cracked hose. A technician can check the condition of your machine to see if cracks are beginning to form in the hoses.
Sears HomeCentral is the nation's largest home repair provider in terms of the number of home repair specialists, with more than 12,000 trained technicians making approximately 14 million repairs annually. Sears trained repair specialists make over 200,000 in-home repair visits per week and repair one out of every five appliances serviced in America. Sears technicians service most major brands no matter where the customer purchased the product.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of nearly $40 billion. The company serves families across the country through approximately 860 department stores, more than 2,100 specialized retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the company's Web site, http://www.sears.com/ .
SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Contact: Edgar P. McDougal of Sears, Roebuck and Co., 847-286-9669