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How To Deal With Refrigerator Gasket Problems

Your refrigerator gasket is the rubber seal around your door that is responsible for keeping cold air in and warm air out. The gasket takes the most abuse, and if it isn’t taken care of, it will wear out quickly. A properly-functioning gasket is essential in keeping your energy bill low, but it requires a little maintenance on your part.

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Warning Signs

  1. A door that won’t remain closed usually signals a gasket problem.
  2. Mold or mildew build up on the gasket can limit its ability to hold a seal. It can also be dangerous to your health.


  1. Dampen a soft rag with warm, soapy water and gently begin cleaning your gasket.
  2. After you are satisfied with your cleaning, begin drying the area with a clean towel.
  3. When your lips are dry and cracked, you apply vaseline to heal them. The same holds true for your gasket. Apply a little vaseline after your cleaning to prevent the rubber seal from wearing out.
  4. If your initial clean didn’t remove the mold or mildew, you should continue to follow along.
  5. Mix one part bleach with two parts water in a spray bottle.
  6. Take the spray bottle and wet the areas where you see black spots. Let that sit for about 10 minutes so the bleach can work its magic.
  7. After the time is up, begin wiping down the areas where you applied the solution to ensure a full clean. Once you are content, wipe down the gasket with soapy water again to remove the bleach.

Your gasket is vital to the success of your refrigerator, so if it needs to be repaired, let Speedy Refrigerator Service take care of it for you. We pride ourselves on our ability to fix any problem in a timely and professional manner. If you live in Long Island or New York City, call us at 866-878-9111 to schedule your same-day appointment with one of our licensed technicians.

How to Keep the Refrigerator Door Closed

Your refrigerator is the coolest appliance you own, well technically the freezer is, but both of them only work if they remain closed. An open refrigerator won’t work as efficiently, and it can burn you on your monthly utility bills. Allowing the refrigerator door to remain open forces the unit to use 7% more energy to cool down the food inside. That number might seem miniscule, but it can make a big difference.

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A Little Self Evaluation
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine if a blockage is keeping your door from closing. Make sure the crisper drawers are closed and rearrange containers to ensure your door a clear closing path.
Clean the Gaskets
Your gasket is the rubber or plastic lining that acts as a buffer between your refrigerator door and the frame it fits into. All types of grease, dirt and grime can get trapped in your gasket and prevent your door from sealing shut. Clean the gasket with warm, soapy water and a soft cloth. After you dry the gasket, try closing the door again and see if your hard work paid off.
Break Out the Level
If your door still won’t close, it could be due to the fact that at some point your fridge lost its balance. Lay a level across the top of your refrigerator and remove the bottom grill to access the ‘feet’ of your unit. Adjust the feet with pliers or a wrench until you see the level is resting where it should be. This might be a two man job unless you have super vision and can see the bubble from underneath your fridge.
Take it Apart
This might be the point where you give up and reach out to a professional for help. If none of the previous steps were successful, it is time to take the door off of the fridge and inspect it. It could be a faulty closing cam on the bottom of your door or a hinge that is way past its prime. If this doesn’t interest you, a refrigerator professional will be able to detect and solve the problem quickly and have you up and running in no time.

If your refrigerator door is giving you problems, look no further than Speedy Refrigerator Service for your repair. Call (866) 782-9376 to schedule your same-day appointment, or click around on our website and check out the services we offer.

Keeping Your Food Fresh During a Power Outage

We are what we eat, right? That is why our food’s safety is so vital, no matter the circumstances. When the summer storms arrive, it is important to have your fridge prepared in case the power fails.

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If the New York City area is expecting a tropical storm, there is no time to waste. On your trip to the store you should pick up a few precautionary items: such as an appliance thermometer, plastic storage bags, and a cooler. If the storm is powerful enough to knock out the power, you should already be prepared. Before the storm hits, you should fill up a few storage bags about halfway with water and place them in the freezer.

When the lights go out, check your refrigerator right away to see if that has failed too. If it has, you want to make sure you keep the doors fully closed. A refrigerator can keep food cold for about 4 hours without the help of electricity. When the thermometer starts to read higher than 37-38° F, start the food migration into the coolers you prepared earlier. Start unloading food into your coolers and place the frozen bags tightly around the food. Every so often you should place your thermometer into the cooler to make sure the temperature is below 40°F.  

Don’t place food back into the fridge until the temperature reads at least 40°F. Food kept at temperatures above this threshold can become contaminated in as little as two hours. If you have to question whether or not a food item stayed safe during the outage, throw it out! There is no need to take unnecessary risks when it comes to your health.

If your power isn’t the problem, it could be your refrigerator. Speedy Refrigerator Service has been serving the New York City and Long Island area for over 75 years and we would love to help you out! Call (866) 782-9376 to schedule your same-day appointment, or visit us on the web.