Preparing your rental property for the start of a new tenancy includes making sure appliances are not only functioning, but that they’re working well. This ensures a safety, comfort and ease of mind for both Tenant and Landlord/Property Manager. Here’s how you can test common household appliances to see if they’re in good working condition.

Stove

Checking if your stove is working is fairly easy. Turn on each burner and make sure it provides maximum flame or flow when the control is turned up all the way. To check the oven, set it to about 200 degrees and place an oven thermometer inside, then wait for it to reach that temperature. To check for gas leaks, make a 50-50 solution of dish soap and water and spray on each gas connection. If you see bubbles, tighten the connection or get a technician to see to it.

Water heater

Turn on the hot water at every faucet and check the temperature. Also, observe the colour of the water. If the water isn’t as hot as expected or there’s a yellow or brown tinge, this could mean there’s sediment and rust in the water heater.

Dryer

The last thing anyone wants is a dryer that overheats. Dry a load of just-washed clothing, but be sure to first check the vent and lint traps are clean. When the machine starts, look out for vibrations or squeaks, which could mean the drum belt is loose. Set a timer for 60 minutes with the drying cycle set to “normal,” then see if the dryer shuts off in the given time. Once the machine is done, check to see how dry the clothes are. If they’re still wet, the vent line may need cleaning. If the vent is clean, call a professional to check if the problem lies with the dryer burner.

Refrigerator

First check if the seals are working well. When you the refrigerator door is almost closed, you should feel a slight pull on the door. To test the temperature, place a thermometer inside and set the control to mid-range. Return in 12 hours and see if it’s dropped to 4 degrees. If it’s not, make the temperature colder and come back again in 12 hours. If the thermometer still does not read 4 degrees, there may be an issue with the refrigerant. Look out for water on the ground or inside the refrigerator as this also as sign of refrigerant problems.

 

Don’t forget to check lights, electrical outlets and smoke detectors as well. Replace burn out bulbs and ensure the alarms of smoke detectors can still emit alarm sounds.