Don’t you love opening your freezer to find it looks like a scene from Ice Age inside? Yeah, we didn’t think so. If you don’t have a self- defrosting freezer, you’ll have to take a day every so often to do the job yourself. In case you’re not sure, here’s how to defrost your freezer.
How to Defrost a Freezer
Take the Food Out
This is potentially the hardest part, especially if there is a lot of ice build up. Remove all the food and place it in a spare freezer or your fridge — or you can just cook some of it.
Take Out the Removable Parts
This is when you turn the freezer off too. Once it’s off, remove any drawers or shelves from the freezer and set them aside to wash later on.
Melt the Ice
This is probably the most time-consuming part since you have to wait while the freezer defrosts. If you’re in a hurry, you can pour small amounts of hot water on the ice or use a hairdryer to melt it faster. You can also use a towel to catch any dripping water.
Clean the Interior
As the ice melts, use a spatula to chip off the larger pieces and place them in your sink to melt further. Don’t scrape too hard though or you’ll risk damage the freezer. Once all the ice is out, wipe down the freezer and the removable parts with a cleaning solution.
Let it Dry
Allow your freezer to dry completely before turning it back on. Once it’s dry, replace everything you took out, and turn it back on to use.
If you’re in need of freezer repairs, call the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service for help. We’ve been serving Long Island and NYC for 75 years, so you can trust us with your repair needs. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 866-782-9376.
Let’s get one thing straight — if your fridge is not at the right temperature, your food won’t stay cold and you’ll have to throw it out because it’ll go bad. That means no burgers, no crisp lettuce for salads, and no leftovers. That’s why we need to make sure your unit stays cold and fix your fridge’s temperature.
Troubleshooting Your Fridge’s Temperature
Try turning the thermostat to a colder temperature.
Sometimes your thermostat can get knocked down by moving food or on its own. To fix this, adjust it to the temperature you want and mark it with a waterproof marker in case the thermostat gets knocked out of place later on.
Clean the condenser coils behind the fridge.
If your fridge’s coils get too dirty, they can stop working properly and cause your refrigerator to feel warm. Vacuuming the coils to remove the dust and dirt can help your refrigerator run well again and restore its proper temperature.
Check the door seals.
Run your hand over the seal of your refrigerator to check for any tears or other damage that could be letting cold air out of your fridge. Even if you don’t find damage, insert a piece a paper between the door and seal to see if it stay. If it doesn’t, it’s probably letting air out and will need to be cleaned or replaced.
If you’re having problems with your refrigerator’s temperature, call the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service for help. We’ve been serving Long Island and NYC for 75 years, so you can trust us with your repair needs. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 866-782-9376.
Just like people, fridges and freezers come in all shapes and sizes. Different models offer different pros and cons and require different kinds of maintenance and repairs. When it comes to the bottom-mounted freezer, there are a few things you should know before you get to.
They’re Great for Small Spaces.
Since the freezer is located below the fridge, you can easily fit certain bottom-freezer models into smaller spaces in your kitchen or garage. If you’re short on room for your appliances in an apartment or otherwise, this is a good option.
They Offer More Storage Space.
A big issue with side-by-side fridges/freezers is that the ice maker in the freezer usually limits the amount of storage space you can use. You can also customize the drawers and shelves in your bottom-mounted freezer to allow for different storage options. Plus, if your fridge has french doors, you also get more storage space in the fridge itself.
The Door Slides Instead of Swings.
While this may seem trivial, being able to quickly slide the freezer drawer open instead of having to swing it open can save you time and allow you to quickly grab what you need.
They Cost More.
While the price will depend on the size and model you choose, bottom-mounted freezers tend to be more expensive in general. Beyond the initial buying price, the models that include French doors usually aren’t as energy efficient as other styles, costing you more in energy and repairs.
There’s no need to get a new fridge when you have a great refrigerator repair team on your side. Speedy Refrigerator Service can provide you with top-quality refrigerator and freezer repairs on Long Island at an affordable price. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 866-782-9376.
It’s hard letting go of things we love — your favorite t-shirt from college that doesn’t fit anymore, that souvenir from a trip you took 15 years, your fridge that’s given you an endless amount of comfort in the form of food. But every fridge has a lifespan and if you’re keeping yours longer than you should, you could be costing yourself a lot of wasted money. If you recognize these signs that you need a new fridge, make some changes in your kitchen appliances.
Signs You Need a New Fridge
You’re constantly making repairs.
A fridge that always needs fixing is not functioning the way it should. With all the amount of money you’re spending on repairs, you could just as easily buy a new fridge.
Your fridge sweats.
If there’s nothing wrong with your seal, too much condensation on the inside of your unit is a tell-tale sign that you need a new fridge, since condensation means your fridge isn’t keeping a consistent temperature — that leads to spoiled food.
There’s frost build-up in your freezer.
Some frost buildup can be easily fixed through a defrost process, but if this is always happening, your unit isn’t running efficiently and is costing you money. You’re better off buying a new, frost-free model to cut energy costs and save you from having to manually defrost it.
Are you unsure if you need a new fridge? Ask the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service. We’ll be able to diagnose your fridge’s problem and help you decide what your best next move is. For more information or to schedule a service, call us 866-782-9376.
An extra freezer in your home can offer you a wealth of convenience. It lets you buy more food in bulk and actually have a place to store it without overstuffing your fridge and freezer in your kitchen. But a separate freezer is also a big investment that requires you to consider a few details. When it comes to freezer shopping, here’s what you should keep it mind.
Freezer Shopping 101
Where Is It Going to Go?
The amount of space you have available for your freezer will determine the type of model you can get.
- If you only have an a small amount of space, you may be limited to an upright model. These also usually offer more organization options.
- If you have a bit more space to spare, you could get a chest unit that holds more food.
How Many People Are in the House?
If you have more people to feed, you’ll end up keeping more food in your freezer. And since a fuller freezer stays colder than a freezer that’s only have full, your unit will function better.
What Kind of Defrost System Do You Want?
Different models have different defrost systems — some are frost-free, while others need to be defrosted manually. While frost-free units may be more convenient, manual-defrost units may be cheaper.
What’s Your Budget?
If you want to add more bells and whistles to your freezer, your price tag may go up a bit. These can include things like:
- Interior lights
- Adjustable shelves and baskets
Before you go freezing shopping, make sure the freezer you already have is in good shape. The experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service can handle any freezer repairs you need — no job is too big or small. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 866-782-9376.