Saying Goodbye to Your Old Refrigerator

Your old refrigerator is buzzing, humming and guzzling it’s way into 2017 and you are starting to become concerned. It has given you so many good years, but it has already been repaired and now more problems are arising. Take some time with it, but it might be the right choice to replace your refrigerator in the upcoming year.

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Too Much Condensation
Condensation is caused when rising water vapor is heated to the point where it converts to liquid and forms droplets. If the vapor is being heated inside of your refrigerator, that is not a good sign! This either means your gasket is faulty or that your unit can no longer maintain the proper temperature. Depending on the severity, it might be time to say bye-bye to your old refrigerator.

Can’t Take the Heat
One of the obvious signs that your refrigerator is failing is the motor running hot. A little warmth is normal, but if your refrigerator is hot to the touch, there are bigger problems going on there. You should call the Speedy Refrigerator professionals if you notice any abnormalities.

Freezer is Too Cold
Your freezer is supposed to be freezing, but there is a point where it becomes too much. You could try removing the items and defrosting the freezer but if it happens again you’ll need to call in the professionals.

Beware Double Digits
A ten year old refrigerator is essentially the same thing as a 35 year old football player. Their best days are behind them and it is time to start looking for a replacement. If your unit is still running efficiently there is no need to worry. But when a single repair comes into play, the unit could start to spiral.

Bargain Hunting
If your refrigerator is ten or older and you see a good deal on a new one, you have to explore your options. Older refrigerators use more energy, which costs more money, and they will need repairs as well which needs to be factored into the equation. Definitely sit down and give it some thought.

Here at Speedy Refrigerator Service, we repair all makes and models of refrigerators from Whirlpool to Armana. Our dedicated team has been serving the Queens and Long Island area for over 75 years and we are not stopping anytime soon.

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

5 Energy Saving Tips For Your Kitchen

When it comes to saving energy, you have to focus on one of the biggest energy guzzlers– the refrigerator! It takes up almost as much energy as your heating system and you can’t let it continue to rob you blind. While it is a necessary appliance, there are a number of things you can do to cut costs and slash those energy bills at the end of every month.

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Clean Your Coils
As dust accumulates below your fridge, the condenser coils start to gather dust and run inefficiently. That is why it is your job to move the fridge away from the wall every 3-6 months and vacuum the coils. This little maintenance routine might seem trivial, but it can save you anywhere from 5-10% on your energy bills.

Turn Down the Heat
If you have a zoning thermostat for your heating system, you can afford to turn it down a few degrees in the kitchen. You’re usually in there when you’re cooking and you should lock in that heat instead of wasting money on other heating sources. If you turn it down 3-5 degrees, you could save up to 12% on your heating bill.

Use an Ice Tray
While the ice maker might be convenient, it is actually using an unnecessary amount of energy. On average, an ice maker causes a refrigerator to use about 15% more energy than one that doesn’t have one, so we will let you decide.

Unplug the Mini Fridge
While a mini fridge is perfect for partying, there is no need to have it running 24/7. If you simply consolidate the contents of your main fridge, you can leave the mini fridge unplugged and conserving energy.  

Manage the Load
If you properly manage your dishwasher loads, you could save up to $30 per year on operating costs. Not to mention the money you’ll save on detergent. Try and set up a system where you are only running it twice per week and you could save a ton of energy, water and money!

Here at Speedy Refrigerator Service, we can repair those refrigerators of yours to make sure they are running at optimal efficiency. We repair all makes and models and for 75 years we have been Long Island’s premiere refrigerator service.

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

A Guide to Safe Defrosting

Everyone gets caught up in the chaos of the week and forgets to take something out for dinner– don’t worry about it! The problem lies when you try to speed up the defrosting process by heating the meat or dipping it in warm water. There is a reason they aren’t allowed to do this in restaurants and it shouldn’t be allowed in your home either. Below, we outline THREE safe defrosting methods that you can implement in your home.

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Refrigerator Thawing
This method is going to be the most time consuming, so you need to plan ahead. If you’re going to do a Taco Tuesday with two pounds of chopped meat, you’ll want to put the meat in the fridge Monday around dinner time. With something like chopped meat, you can only keep it in the fridge for a day or two before cooking. Other cuts of red meat like steak or pork can stay thawing in the refrigerator for up to FIVE days.  

Cold Water Thawing
While this method might be faster than refrigerator thawing, it also requires more attention. You should seal the meat in a Ziploc bag and then wrap it again to make sure no juices leak out. If the bacteria from the meat seeps into the water, you could have potential food poisoning hazards.

Microwave Thawing
The key to microwave thawing is cooking the food immediately after you defrost it. If you neglect to do this, the meat could reach ‘danger zone’ temperatures and start to become infected. Follow the defrosting instructions on your microwave and make sure you don’t put the meat in too long or it will start to cook.

At Speedy Refrigerator Service, we’re in charge of making sure your freezer freezes and your refrigerator cools. If they seem to be malfunctioning, it is best to get it checked out before they shut down completely and you’re left shoveling food into a cooler. If you give us a call today, we could be at your home in ONE hour or less if you live in the Nassau County area.

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

Preparing the Refrigerator for the Holidays

The countdown is almost at it’s end and this last week is very stressful, especially for the hosts of the holiday party. You want to make sure the meal is set and that starts with a well prepared refrigerator. You need to have enough room for all of your food and also make it easily accessible so you aren’t scrambling during crunch time. These organization tips can help:

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Shop Right
This is the most important tip of all. With Christmas and Hanukkah only a few days away, the grocery list is starting to pile up and you’re going to need room to store everything. The best thing you can do is cook this week. Refrain from eating out and use up all of your daily groceries to save room for the holiday items. If you go into holiday week with a stacked refrigerator, you will create a log jam that you may never recover from.

Get Creative
There are some cool tips on the internet to help save room in the refrigerator but we want to share one of our favorites. If you have a wire shelf, place a binder clip in the middle with the flat side facing down. Once it is secure, you can stack bottles up against it so you don’t have to take up a whole shelf with adult beverages. When the ground space is all taken up, this tip can help you stack!

Save Extra Room
You have to think long term when it comes to holiday refrigerator organization. The biggest mistake you can make is neglecting the leftover phase of the holiday season because well, that is the best part! Try to save a crisper drawer or even a shelf if can and designate it for leftovers. That way once the meal is done, you can immediately start wrapping, packing and stacking.  

Prepare For The Worst
Everyone is moving in fast forward this week and this leaves you vulnerable to mistakes. Maybe you forgot to wrap up the soup or screw the lid on the juice and now you have a sticky mess inside your fridge. To simplify the clean up, place down plastic mats on all of your shelves so all you have to do is remove them and replace when a spill occurs.

For over 75 years, Speedy Refrigerator Service has been providing the NYC and Long Island areas with exceptional refrigerator service. We take care of all makes and models and with our warehouse on wheels, we can be over in ONE hour or less. If we don’t hear from you before the then, we wish you and your family a very happy holiday!

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


How to Fix a Leaking Refrigerator

You’re starting to get ready for the holiday and you notice a small pool of water starting to form underneath your refrigerator. This can be unnerving, but don’t worry, Speedy is here to help you out! This step-by-step breakdown will have the leak fixed in no time:

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Step 1: Unplug the refrigerator. It is dangerous to take things apart while the unit is connected to power.

Step 2: Consult your owner’s manual to find out where your self-defrosting refrigerator drains water. Typically, the pan is located underneath the refrigerator and you’ll have to remove the grate to access it.

Step 3: After removing the faceplate, take out the drain tube and feed the tube into a bucket to catch any water left inside.

Step 4: After you complete step 3, take the upper end of the drain tube where it connects and place the bucket underneath to catch any melted water.

Step 5: Take the drain tube, hold it over a bucket and use your hairdryer to thaw any frosted areas you see. You’ll know it is working if the tube becomes more rubbery and less stiff.

Step 6: Once you are satisfied with the thaw, run hot water through the tube to clear out any excess ice or debris.

Step 7: Reattach the tube to the channel once you’ve finished clearing it.  

If you’re still noticing problems, or simply don’t want to be bothered, we can help! We service NYC, Nassau County and Queens and we work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make sure you are never left out to dry.

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