How to Get the Most Out of Your Old Dishwasher

Your kitchen appliances are always in use if you’re an active family and things with moving parts are bound to break down at some point. But when we get calls for dishwasher repair, we often see avoidable mistakes causing the issues. If you’d like to get more out of your dishwasher, take these tips seriously»

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The Basics

  • If you’re not going to run the unit right after loading, make sure your pre rinse dishes.
  • Any plastic cups or plates should be secured so that they can’t be melted in the drying cycle.
  • Stacking items in the dishwasher is a major NO-NO!  

Bottom Rack

  • Plates, bowls and cooking trays should be loaded on the bottom rack.
  • Make sure they are DOWNWARD facing so they get the maximum pressure from the water jets.
  • Face knives UPWARD so that they don’t cut through the rack during a cycle.
  • Tuck cutting boards, sheet trays and items like this along the sides of the rack to ensure cleaning and save space.
  • ALWAYS separate stainless steel from silver in the dishwasher.

Top Rack

  • Cups and small bowls belong on the top rack.
  • Make sure you put cups and mugs in between the tines– not on top of them!
  • Angle the cups as much as possible to prevent water from pooling on top.
  • Hand washing delicate stemware is recommended. If they fall over, they have been known to break and broken glass can get caught in the dishwasher motor.

Limit Detergent

  • Only store enough detergent to last you TWO months. Anything more and the packets will dry out ad get clumpy during a wash.

Here at Speedy Refrigerator Service, we aren’t JUST refrigerator wizards. We can fix dishwashers and other appliances if you are having issues. We provide the same ONE hour service and all of our technicians are fully licensed and insured.

To schedule service, call 866-782-9376 or click around on our website!

How to Check and Repair Your Gasket

Your refrigerator is one of the few appliances that you use on a daily (if not hourly) basis. On average, a refrigerator door opens and closes twenty-five times a day and after awhile, this can take a toll on the gasket. And if the damage is significant, you’re going to lose a lot of valuable cold air and shorten the lifespan of your unit. If this concerns you, check out these tips for how to check and repair a refrigerator gasket»

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Checking

  • Run your hand around the perimeter of the refrigerator door and feel for air. You should be feeling a cool sensation, but if there is any force behind the air coming out, you might have an issue.
  • Close the refrigerator door and open up your ears. If it sounds and feels like the door is almost ‘banging’ off the frame, the seal is likely too weak. You SHOULD feel like the door is cushioned.  

Repairing

  • The first thing you can try is a simple cleaning. Sometimes the seal will gather mold, dirt or food debris and the grooves will not accept the door the same way they used to. The key to cleaning the gasket is to be gentle and use warm, soapy water.
  • If your gasket is simply worn out, replacing it should not be very difficult. You’ll need to remove the old gasket by lifting the inside flange of the gasket to reveal the metal retainer. You’ll see that the retainer is held in by screws that you’ll need to remove with a Phillips head screwdriver.
  • Now you’re ready to replace the old gasket with the new one. Start by laying the new gasket in warm water for five minutes to make it more pliable. Start at the top corner on the hinge side and lay the gasket around the frame gently. Fit it behind the retainer and screw it down once you have tested the fit.

Here at Speedy Refrigerator Service, we have been diagnosing and repairing refrigerator problems for over 75 years. Our Warehouse on Wheels allows us to complete the job in ONE hour or less and our customers love this luxury. If you live in Queens, NYC or Nassau County, you can trust Speedy with your appliance repairs.

To schedule service, call 866-782-9376 or click around on our website!  

Speedy’s Refrigerator Repair Specials

Are you in need of refrigerator repairs? Have you called another repair service and been disappointed with the quote? If so, Speedy knows we can get you top quality repairs for a fraction of the cost! All you have to do is print out one of our coupons and present it to your technician at the time of the appointment. No strings attached– just top quality service with your wallet in mind!

Speedy Coupons

25$ Repair Coupon
Appliances are reliable most of the time, and for that reason, we tend to forget about them because they work at the push of a button. But when an appliance like the refrigerator fails us, panic often ensues. What are you going to do with the food? How much is a new refrigerator going to cost? Well, let us have a look and see if we can fix that old refrigerator for you! Oh and better yet, we can provide you with a $25 Repair Coupon that you can submit when our technician arrives at your home. No need to thank us, it is our pleasure!

Sub-Zero Refrigerator Special
If you have a sub-zero refrigerator, you NEED to listen up! Our $39.95 Special is one of the best bargains you are going to find and you better snatch it up quick. We will vacuum your condenser coils, oil the motors, check your freon levels and perform any maintenance that you might need. With a high powered machine like a Sub-Zero, you can’t afford to take any chances trusting repairs to an amateur. You need the expertise of a Speedy professional!

Okay, so now that you have printed out your coupon, the rest is simple. Just call 866-782-9376 and tell us about your refrigerator or appliance problem. We will be there in one hour or less and we promise to leave your home cleaner than we found it!

Why Is My Refrigerator Warm?

Your refrigerator is one of the only appliances in your home that is running 24/7/365. For that reason, the refrigerator is susceptible to different ailments including the incapability to maintain temperature. When this problem occurs, it could be related to any one of these issues»

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Cold Control
The cold control is almost like the brain of your refrigerator. So if you set it to 38°F, the cold control tells the condenser and the compressor how hard they have to work to get the temperature there. So there is a chance that your compressor and condenser are running properly, but the cold control is not letting them work enough resulting in higher temperatures.

Fan Motor
The fan motor is located in the freezer of your unit and it helps circulate cold air to the refrigerator. A defective fan will lead to uneven heating in the unit and you might see a freezer with frost build up and a refrigerator that is far too warm. This can also lead to overexertion for the compressor and it is an issue that should be fixed immediately.

Condenser Motor
The condenser motor is essentially in charge of removing the heat from your unit. So when we get calls about warm refrigerators, this is almost always going to be the culprit. It will try to work to bring the temperature down too often and this can lead to malfunction.

Faulty Thermostat
It could just be that your refrigerator’s thermostat isn’t on point. To test for this, place a thermometer on the shelf and see if the readings come out the same after a half hour.

At Speedy Refrigerator Service, we take pride in our ability to fix and maintain refrigerators and appliances of all makes and models. No job is too big or too small and we can be at your home in ONE hour or less upon your request.

To schedule service, call 866-782-9376 or click around on our website!

How to Fight Mold in the Refrigerator

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Mold and mildew often form in places where moisture can not escape into the air. Unfortunately, some older refrigerators have trouble ventilating their moisture and if they are left untreated, mold and mildew will form. This is unsafe in any area of your home, but the refrigerator needs extra care and attention. Use this step-by-step cleaning process to remove mold and make your refrigerator squeaky clean!

  • The FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT step is to remove any food in the refrigerator that might be loosely covered or uncovered near the mold. Even if it doesn’t show signs of mold, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
  • NEXT, remove all compartments and drawers whether they have signs of mold or not. Fill them with warm, soapy water and leave them to the side while you clean the refrigerator.
  • AFTER THAT, pour 1TBSP of baking soda into a bucket and add warm water. Once the baking soda is completely dissolved, take a warm cloth and scrub the inside of the refrigerator.
  • For the gasket, make sure you scrub gently and be sure not to rip the liner.
  • Drain your drawers and compartments and scrub them down with the baking soda solution as well. You can then put them back into the refrigerator.
  • To prevent future issues, make sure food remains covered and check on your refrigerators ventilation.

Here at Speedy Refrigerator Service, we do way more than clean refrigerators. We are a full- service appliance repair and installation company that specializes in refrigerators. We have been in the business for over 75 years and our technicians are in the Nassau, Queens and NYC area right now helping clients like you.

To schedule service, call 866-782-9376 or click around on our website!