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Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

Get appliances ready for vacation

Steve Ash, service director for, the do-it-yourself appliance repair website, offers tips for averting disaster while you are away from home.
Ice maker: Turn off your ice maker before disconnecting the device from the water supply. If you turn off the water supply but not the ice maker, the ice maker will be calling for water several times a day and will eventually damage the fill valve. For most models, directions are on the outside of the maker or ice container.
Dishwasher: After your last load, leave the door ajar to let the appliance "breathe" while you're away.
Washer: Leave the lid/door open to let the basin dry completely. Chances are you'll have plenty of laundry to do upon your return, so you'll want the washer to be empty and fresh. And don't forget to disconnect the unit's water supply.
Refrigerator: Consume or discard any perishables and wipe away puddles of spilled milk, no matter how small, with a damp cloth to prevent odors.
Garbage disposal: Run a cycle to clean the unit and prevent odors from any buildup hiding beneath the drain. Add a cup of vinegar to your rinse for an extra-deep clean.
Story tags » Home Improvement

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