Appliance mistakes people make around the holidays

Published On: Nov 18 2012 07:51:14 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 19 2012 05:40:00 AM EST

We rely on our household appliances each and every day to help make our lives simpler, but all too often we don’t always treat them right.

Repair companies tell Angie’s List they see homeowners do things such as stuff the freezer and fridge too full of food -- blocking the air supply, overfilling dishwashers -- or simply not giving the machines the routine maintenance they need.

 According to the nationwide Angie’s List poll:

“When it comes to appliances, homeowners oftentimes take them for granted. We don’t take proper care of them and then we end up disappointed when they don’t work right. We overstuff our freezers so proper airflow can’t get through or we overload our dishwasher so it doesn’t even have a prayer of being able to get the dishes clean," said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Angie’s List dos & don’ts to get the most out of your appliances:


There are many factors consumers need to consider before hiring an appliance repair service. Home appliances are expensive, and you want to ensure the company you hire is reputable and has the skills required to complete the fix in a timely and efficient manner.

Angie’s List Tips: Hiring an appliance repair service