Holiday Prep Guide

All Warners’ Stellian wants for Christmas is to make sure your appliances are in working order for the rise in cooking and baking that will be happening! So we created a holiday kitchen prep guide to help.

Don’t Self-Clean Your Oven

Holiday Prep Guide #1: However, if you are prepping to cook for Thanksgiving, skip the self-clean function and take the extra steps to clean manually.

You may remember our 10 Kitchen Tips for Thanksgiving blog, which still rings true. However, if you are prepping to cook for Thanksgiving, skip the self-clean function and take the extra steps to clean manually. To quote our Easy Oven Cleaning Tips blog post, “Self-clean ovens have a setting that allows it to reach very high temperatures and burn leftover food mess into ashes.” What we have seen is people during the holiday season clean their oven, but their oven can’t take the heat – literally. Putting our customers in a tough spot needed a new range or repair appointment before turkey day.

Change Your Water Filter

Holiday Prep Guide #2: Every six months, you should change the water filter in your refrigerator.

To start your holiday prep, every six months you should change the water filter in your refrigerator. The build-up from minerals in your water can stop your fridge from working. If your water dispenser stopped working when was the last time you changed the filter? Not to mention, your guest probably wants to drink fresh-tasting water.

Clean Your Dishwasher… and the Filter

Holiday Prep Guide #3: It might come as a surprise for some, but your dishwasher has a filter that needs to be cleaned frequently, depending on how often you use your dishwasher.

It might come as a surprise for some, but your dishwasher has a filter that needs to be cleaned frequently, depending on how often you use your dishwasher. We talk a lot on our social media sites (insert shameless plug here – Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or yes, even TikTok), where we show where to find your filter, clean it, and the benefits of cleaning it which helps keep your dishwasher running smoothly. Also using a cleaning aid can help rinse the hard water build-up and remove bad odors and bacteria.

Furnace Maintenance

Holiday Prep Guide #4: Furnace maintenance might be over looked, but being proactive helps prevent future problems.

Furnace maintenance might be over looked, but being proactive helps prevent future problems. The last thing we want is your furnace to go out while hosting guests! Make sure your filter is changed, get a tune up, and you might find our furnace checklist blog post helpful.


Holiday Prep Guide #5: All jokes aside, running the vacuum is a core piece in preparing for guests, but having one that truly picks up all the pet hair, dust, and food crumbs makes this chore more enjoyable.

It’s true! When you are excited about solid vacuum lines and getting a new vacuum that gets all the pet hair you didn’t know even existed… you’ve reached adulthood. All jokes aside, running the vacuum is a core piece in preparing for guests, but having one that truly picks up all the pet hair, dust, and food crumbs makes this chore more enjoyable. If you are in the market for a new one, you might want to click here.

What happens if you are in the middle of your holiday prep and something happens to your appliances? Don’t worry, we have a handful of options for you to get ahold of us. While our stores are closed on Thanksgiving day, you can head to our website and schedule a repair.

Furnace Checklist

It is time to dust off that furnace, and our HVAC team is here to help. To kick off the season here is a checklist to get your furnace ready for the cold season ahead. 

1. Change the Filter

The number one cause of a failed furnace is a cracked heat exchanger. The simplest way to extend the life of the heat exchanger is to routinely replace the furnace filter. Generally, furnace filters need to be replaced every 30 days, including 1” wide premium filters. High efficiency 4”+ wide filters can last from 90 days to 1 year, depending on the specific home.

You should change out your furnace filter every 30 days.

2. Adjust the Thermostat

Most modern thermostats have batteries that need to be replaced annually. If you have a programmable thermostat, check the schedule and temperature settings to provide the greatest comfort and energy savings. If you have a non-programmable thermostat, set the fan operation to “auto” and set the temperature to your comfort. The exception here, would be if you have a high-efficiency air cleaner and a low-energy use blower motor, then set the fan operation to “on”.

Most modern thermostats have batteries that need to be replaced annually.

3. Test Run Your Furnace

Turn your furnace on in early September, well before you need it. Avoid waiting until a cold fall October morning to turn your furnace on to ensure it works properly. October tends to be one of the busiest months out of the year for Minnesota heating companies, so avoid the rush and potential delay in service by testing the operation early.

Test run your furnace before you actually need to use it.

4. Schedule a Tune-Up

All furnace manufacturers recommend annual maintenance by a qualified heating technician. At a minimum, the tune-up should include the following:

  1. Inspect and test all safety controls
  2. Check and/or replace the filter
  3. Check thermostat settings and replace the battery
  4. Clean and test the ignition system
  5. Clean and test burners 
  6. Clean condensate drain if equipped
  7. Test carbon monoxide level
  8. Inspect heat exchanger

A furnace tune-up can be performed at any time of the year, but many customers prefer the fall, which typically results in paying full price and not getting the most convenient appointment schedule. Savvy homeowners will have the annual tune-up performed in the off-cycle time of the year to get reduced pricing and appointment times of their choice. Once you establish a time of year that works for you, simply stick to that cycle. Another advantage to having annual tune-ups is that you establish a relationship with a heating company resulting in priority scheduling if a repair or replacement is needed.

Schedule a tune-up.

5. Consider Replacement

The Minnesota Commerce Department states that the typical life of a properly maintained furnace is 15 to 20 years. Do not wait for your furnace to fail, consider replacing it as it reaches 15 years old. Not only will you have a more reliable furnace, but new furnaces offer more safety features, higher efficiency, multi-heating stages, and variable speed blower motors resulting in safer operations, lower heating costs, and a higher level of comfort and reliability.

You may need to replace your furnace after 15 years.

Bonus tip:

If your furnace is equipped with a central humidifier, replace the water panel, open the bypass damper (winter position) and set the humidistat to your comfort level.

Whether you need to change your filter or replace your furnace our HVAC specialists are here to help. For more home and appliance tips, explore more on our blog.

Small Laundry Room Design Ideas

This guest blog was written by Lindus Construction. Lindus Construction is proud to have served over 75,000 happy customers in Western Wisconsin and the Twin Cities since the company’s founding in 1979.  One Call. One Contractor.

While the laundry room isn’t the most glamorous space in the house, it needs to be functional. So if you are short on square footage, maximize space with these laundry room storage solutions.

Wall Storage Works

For laundry rooms restricted by space, look to the walls as a source of storage. This can include wire racks for housing detergent and small hooks for light items that need to air dry. Hanging a drying rack from the ceiling provides a spot for delicate items that shouldn’t be tossed in the dryer. If there’s enough space, repurpose a bookshelf for additional storage. Installing open shelving on the wall utilizes vertical storage space. Peg boards can also be helpful for expanding storage areas.

Consider Curtains

If your washer and dryer are housed in your bathroom, use a curtain to conceal the space from guests. Curtains in vibrant patterns or bold colors can also add interest to the room. While curtains won’t mask the machines’ sounds, the appliances will be less visible than they would otherwise be.

Install Pedestal Drawers

Many washer and dryer models have accompanying pedestal drawers that are designed to fit directly underneath the appliance. Not only does this raise the appliances’ height for user comfort, but it provides an ideal spot for detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets.

Don’t Forget the Door

One often neglected area in a laundry room is the back side of the door. Attaching a closet organizer to it allows for storage that would not otherwise be available. Or use hooks to affix your ironing board to the back of the door. Shallow shelves can also be mounted on the wall behind the laundry room door to allow for additional organizational space.

Stack Your Washer and Dryer

Compact Beko Washer and Dryer in Small Laundry Room
Beko washer and dryer

When square footage is minimal, a stackable washer and dryer can be the perfect solution because they take up vertical space. Another perk of this configuration is that there’s less bending over to retrieve laundry. Beko machines stacked with their universal stacking kit reduce laundry machine footprint to a 2-by-2 square foot area.

Counter Conquers All

Installing a countertop that rests above the washer and dryer creates the perfect spot to fold and sort laundry. Quartz countertops are ideal because they are easy to clean, resist scratching and do not need to be resealed. If quartz isn’t in your budget, butcher block countertops work well because they are resistant to heat, lauded for their durability and come in an array of eye-catching patterns.

What space-saving laundry room tips do you have? Share them in the comments!

Dad Jokes About Appliances

In honor of Father’s Day, we are sharing some of our favorite bad dad jokes related to appliances. Practice your best groan and eye roll, then read on for some laughs.

What happened to the dalmatian that fell into the washer?

He came out spotless!

What did one sock say to the other while in the dryer?

I’ll see you next time around!

Meme that says "I thought my the dryer was shrinking my clothes... turns out it was the refrigerator all along."

How much fun is doing your laundry?


I’ve decided to sell my vacuum cleaner. It just collects dust.

Why did the boy close his eyes before opening the refrigerator?

He didn’t want to see the salad dressing!

Is your refrigerator running?

You better go catch it!

laundry picture with washer, dryer, and "folder" machine

And on a less funny and much more urgent note, do you still need to find a gift? Check out Warners’ Stellian for grills and grilling accessories. Hurry in and thank us later!

Tell us your best appliance jokes in the comment section below.

Show Your Appliances Some Love this Valentine’s Day

Rekindle your appliance spark this Valentine’s Day by giving your appliances some extra TLC. The following appliance cleaning and maintenance tips will ready your appliances to cook a romantic dinner and handle the cleanup too.

Couple cooking dinner together in kitchen with black Frigidaire appliances

Refrigerator, thank you for keeping things fresh.

To show your appreciation, we recommend checking the seal and cleaning the coils. If you have an ice maker and water dispenser, consider the last time you changed the filter. Follow your manufacturer guidelines for frequency, but generally it’s twice a year. Learn how to change a refrigerator water filter here.

Dishwasher, thank you for cleaning up my messes.

It might be time to clean your dishwasher in return. To do so, clean out your filters and scrub the spray arm nozzles (a toothbrush comes in handy here) to loosen any food residue or buildup. Then, it’s time for the magic cleaner of all things – vinegar! Fill a cup of vinegar, place it on the top rack and run the dishwasher as normal.

Washer and dryer, thank you for not judging my pizza stains.

The trusted washer, a machine that keeps your world spinning. But in order to clean your clothes, you need a clean machine. We sell cleaning wipes for the washing machine exterior and Affresh tablets for cleaning the drum.

Use Affresh wipes for the exterior of the dryer while you’re at it. And don’t forget to check your dryer vent.

Range, thanks for keeping the flame alive.

Whether it be porcelain, ceramic or glass, learn how to clean your stovetop here.  And don’t forget those cast iron grates! Next, move on to cleaning the oven. Remove your racks first if you’re using a self-clean function.

Microwave, thanks for the lazy night(s) in.

For funky smells in the microwave, mix 1 tablespoon white vinegar with 1/2 cup water and heat in a microwave-safe bowl for five minutes on high. Wait 15 minutes before opening the microwave. The steam will loosen dried on foods, so you can easily wipe them away.

Showing your appliances some love makes them work more efficiently and last longer. Basically, you and your appliances are a perfect match. Happy Valentine’s Day!

What are your best appliance maintenance/cleaning tips? Share them in the comments section below!