It can be stressful to host Thanksgiving as the busy holiday season begins. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a survival guide for hosting to take the stress out of planning? Well, the team at Action Appliance did just that and put together a list of Thanksgiving tips that even leave some time for fun!

Thanksgiving Tips: Take the Stress out of Planning

Oftentimes we don’t know where to start when preparing for a large-scale holiday like Thanksgiving. How do we prep our oven? What’s the right way to thaw a turkey? We’ve put together a list of our best Thanksgiving tips to take the guesswork out of planning and leave you time to enjoy autumn in Connecticut with friends and family.

Self-Cleaning Oven Warning

So many of us want to have a clean oven to roast our Thanksgiving turkey. But running your oven’s self-cleaning cycle too close to Thanksgiving could leave you with costly oven repairs, leaving your oven out of commission for the holiday. Some possible oven malfunctions from the self-cleaning cycle include:

  • Broken heating elements
  • A malfunctioning control panel
  • Blown oven fuses

Learn more about this self-cleaning oven warning and safer ways to clean your oven before Thanksgiving.

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Fall Oven Maintenance Tips

So much of oven maintenance has to do with keeping your oven components clean to avoid staining and breakdowns. In addition to the oven’s interior, other parts need regular cleaning to function optimally:

  • Door panel: spray down regularly with a commercial degreaser
  • Control panel: wipe down with warm soapy water and a soft cloth
  • Cooktop: use a razorblade scraper for electric cooktops and a commercial surface cleaner to clean around gas burners

To avoid Thanksgiving malfunctions, refer to our detailed oven maintenance tips.

How to Thaw a Turkey for Thanksgiving

One of our most popular Thanksgiving tips discusses how to thaw a turkey. We recommend allowing for enough time in your planning for proper thawing in the refrigerator. Generally, it takes about 24 hours of thawing per 4-5lbs of turkey with this method:

25lb turkey5 days
10lb turkey2 days
35lb turkey7 days


Read up on more turkey thawing tips as well as suggested cooking times to roast the perfect Thanksgiving turkey.

Best Turkey Trots in Connecticut 2019

Ideally, our Thanksgiving tips leave you with enough time to spend with your favorite people as well as time to spend exercising and taking care of yourself. Taking part in the various Turkey Trot races throughout Connecticut has become a favorite Thanksgiving tradition for many. Two of our favorites include:

  • Manchester Road Race: this event has been a yearly tradition for over 90 years. Racers looking for an extra challenge run in costume!
  • Run for Love CT: if you’d like to help feed others before sitting down to your Thanksgiving dinner this run’s registration fee benefits food banks in the Bristol area.

Research additional races and find event details for more Turkey Trots in Connecticut 2019.

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We hope these Thanksgiving tips help you have a stress-free and healthy start to the holiday season with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Action Appliance Repair!