Category Archives: Refrigerator Repair

How to Baby-Proof Your Kitchen


When it comes to infants and toddlers, nothing in the house is more dangerous than the kitchen. Between the hot stove tops, sharp knives, and cleaning products under the sink, there is a lot that can go wrong.

As a parent, it is your job to protect your kid from these dangers, and the best way to do that is by baby-proofing. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to make your kitchen a safer place for your small child:

Out of reach, out of mind.

Use your child’s height, or lack thereof, to your advantage. If your baby can’t reach an item, it (usually) isn’t dangerous. Store potentially hazardous objects in high cabinets, cook on the back burners of the stove, and keep all items towards the back of your counter tops to avoid curious hands from tugging on them and pulling them down.

Lock it away.

The golden rule of baby-proofing: if it’s unsafe, throw it out or lock it away. This is especially true in the kitchen. Put locks on your cabinets, refrigerator, and trash can; cover up your electrical outlets; and invest in a safety gate to keep your child completely out of the kitchen when needed.

Think like a child.

The best way to protect your child is to think like them. Everything and anything could be a toy – or worse, food – to their curious minds. Go through every item in your kitchen and think to yourself, “could this potentially be harmful to my child?” If the answer is yes, take preventative actions to neutralize the danger.

If you want to learn more about specific steps you can take to baby-proof your kitchen, we recommend this article from Parent Guide.

Speedy Refrigerator Service has been fixing refrigerators and freezers across Long Island and New York City for more than 75 years. If your refrigerator breaks down, we can get you up-and-running within just a few hours! Call us at 866-782-9376 to schedule your same-day appointment.

5 Refrigerator Commandments

5 Refrigerator Commandments

If you want to keep your refrigerator clean, energy efficient, and running for a long time, just follow these five commandments from Speedy Refrigerator Service:

1). Thou shall vacuum thy condenser coils.

The condenser coils have a huge impact on the energy efficiency of your refrigerator, yet they are still neglected by most people. Clean them using the brush attachment on your vacuum every six months to keep your fridge running efficiently and extend its lifespan.

2). Thou shall practice safe food storage.

The biggest rule you need to know for safe refrigerator food storage is that your fridge should consistently be between 34-38° F. Some areas – such as the door – can get warmer than others, so you should stock your items accordingly. Here is the best way to stock your refrigerator.

3). Thou shall pay attention to the gasket.

The gasket, also known as the rubber seal around your refrigerator door, creates an airtight barrier between the inside of your refrigerator and the kitchen. One small rip or loose edge in the gasket can allow warm air to enter when the door is closed, so it is important to inspect it for damage every 4-6 weeks.

4). Thou shall not overstock or understock thy refrigerator.

The amount of food you keep in your refrigerator can impact its energy efficiency. When there is too little food, your refrigerator loses more cold air when the door is opened due to the lack of thermal mass. On the other hand, when there is too much food in the refrigerator, air can’t properly circulate and warm spots can be created.

5). Thou shall clean thy refrigerator monthly.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, but the refrigerator is one of the biggest bacteria hotspots in the home. Keep it tidy and limit germs by giving it a thorough cleaning every month that includes emptying the fridge of its contents and wiping all walls, shelves, and drawers with a disinfecting wipe.

Even if you follow these rules to a T, your refrigerator could still break down. Luckily for you, the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service can get you back up-and-running within 24 hours. If you live in New York City or Long Island, call us to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Refrigerator’s Condenser Coils


Your condenser coils are an important part of your refrigerator, but how much do you know about them? In this article, the refrigeration experts at Speedy Subzero tell you everything you need to know about condenser coils, including what they do and how to maintain them.

What are they?

The condenser coils are long, winding tubes. They are located on the back of most refrigerators, although some newer models have started to place them underneath the appliance, behind the toe grill.

What do they do?

The condenser coils are responsible for cooling and condensing refrigerant as it flows through them. In order for this to happen, these coils release heat. For this reason, it is important that they have adequate ventilation.

How to care for them

Unfortunately, condenser coils are a magnet for dust, hair, and dirt. When too much debris accumulates on these coils, they can’t efficiently release heat, which causes two things to happen. Your refrigerator has to work harder than it was originally intended to, which shortens its lifespan and increases its energy consumption.

Save yourself money on your utility bill and prevent future breakdowns by cleaning your condenser coils every six months (more often than that if you have pets that shed – their fur clogs up these coils quickly). It only takes ten minutes, but can make a big difference. Here’s how:

  1. Unplug your refrigerator and slide it away from the wall.

  2. Locate the condenser coils – they will likely be on the back of the appliance or underneath it.

  3. Clean the coils using your vacuum cleaner – the brush and nozzle attachments work best. Be careful not to damage the coils or fins.

  4. Slide the refrigerator back into its place and plug it back into the outlet.

If your refrigerator does break down, help is just a phone call away with Speedy Subzero. Our technicians have been repairing refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers in New York for more than 75 years. If you live on Long Island or in New York City, call us to schedule your same day appointment at 866-782-9376.

3 Things to Know About Speedy Refrigerator Service


Speedy Refrigerator Service has provided reliable, affordable refrigerator repairs to all of Long Island and New York City for more than 75 years. Here are a few things you may not have known about our company:

1.) We offer 24/7 emergency services.

Your refrigerator runs around the clock, and so do we. When your refrigerator breaks down, time is of the essence. Food will only last for a few hours in a warm fridge, so finding a fast repair service could be the difference between saving your food and throwing it away.

2.) We can fix any make or model of refrigerator.

It doesn’t matter what brand or model of refrigerator you have – if it’s broken, we can fix it. From Amana to Whirlpool, and everything in between, count on our certified technicians to get the job done right. It’s not just refrigerators either; we are also equipped to repair any type of freezer, ice maker, or wine cooler.

3.) We guarantee one hour service to New York City and Long Island!

Other appliance repair services might make you wait 24-48 hours before they show up at your home. Not Speedy Refrigerator Service. In fact, we will be at your door in one hour or less if you live in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, or Staten Island.

Looking for a fast, reliable, and affordable company to fix your fridge? Look no further than Speedy Refrigerator Service. With over 75 years serving Long Island and New York City, our experience speaks for itself. Call us anytime to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

5 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Refrigerator


Once your refrigerator kicks the bucket, you may be tempted to throw it away. Don’t.

Not only do refrigerators take up massive amounts of space in a landfill, but they also contain toxic chemicals which can leak out and pollute soil and nearby bodies of water. Instead of tossing out your old refrigerator, turn it into something great. Here are a few ways you can upcycle your fridge:

1). Store your books, clothes, or food

Just because your refrigerator has lost its ability to keep cold, doesn’t mean it has lost its ability to act as a storage container. Take off the doors and use it as a bookshelf, or keep the doors on and turn it into an armoire or a standalone pantry.

2). Turn it into a cooler

Your refrigerator is well-insulated; use that to your advantage by turning it into a cooler. Just detach the doors, turn it on its side, fill it with ice, and voila – a place to keep your beer cold during your next party.

3). A bed for your flowers

Garden beds can cost upwards of $100, but if you have an old refrigerator, you already have one you can use for free. gives you step-by-step instructions for turning your old refrigerator into a raised garden bed.

4.) Use it at your next BBQ

Believe it or not, refrigerators can easily be converted into meat smokers. Just cut a 6” hole near the bottom, attach a smoke box and seal it up, and add a vent at the top. The shelves are perfect for smoking ham, turkey, and salmon!

5). A scenic addition to your landscape

Do you dream of having a pond in your back yard? A broken refrigerator can help turn your dream into a reality. Just remove the compressor, refrigerant, doors, and shelves, bury what’s left, and add plumbing.

Looking for more ways to upcycle your refrigerator? Check out this list from Green Eco Services!

Before you go turning your refrigerator into a garden bed, make sure that it can’t be salvaged first. Speedy Refrigerator Service provides same-day refrigerator and freezer repairs to New York City and Long Island. Our phone lines are open 24/7, so call us anytime to schedule your service at 866-782-9376.