Baking season is upon us and that means it is time to clear out the fridge to make room for dessert. The only thing that can ruin a great pie or crisp is the malfunction of your refrigerator. Don’t anger your guests, just make sure your refrigerator is in working order before the season gets into full swing. Check Seals
The absolute worst thing that can happen to a refrigerator is a loss of cool air. When you have a loose seal, that is exactly what happens and it causes your refrigerator to work even harder to cool down your food. This overexertion can lead to other problems and you need to put a stop to it before it progresses. Check your seals every 4-6 months and feel around to make sure no cold air is escaping.
Clean the Coils
If your refrigerator coils are covered by dust and debris, it is nearly impossible for your unit to run properly. When it tries to, it will lead to overheating and some costly repairs. Every 4-6 months, you should pull the fridge from the wall and clean the coils located underneath or behind your unit.
Set the Temperature
The proper temperature is essential to getting the most out of your refrigerator. Setting the unit between 37-42°F is ideal for maximum efficiency. But don’t trust your thermostat! When you perform your other maintenance, you should also put a standing thermometer on the shelf and double check the temperature inside your fridge.
Fill It Up
It’s debatable, but most studies show that filling up the refrigerator does improve efficiency. Adding more ‘stuff’ to your fridge helps to absorb the heat from the outside air and it makes your refrigerator’s job much easier. If you have a lot of empty space inside, fill it up with water bottles to compensate.
If your power goes out, make sure your refrigerator remains sealed for 48 hours. This will keep your food fresh before you have to move it into a cooler.
At Speedy Refrigerator Service, we pride ourselves on saving the day from refrigerator malfunctions. If your maintenance wasn’t enough, just give us a call and we will be at your NYC or Long Island home in one hour or less.
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Whether you are a college football fanatic or nuts for the NFL, it is your job to make sure the viewing experience is top notch. You can’t have the guys over for the big game and expect them to munch on some potato chips with nothing to wash it down. This will leave you in friend exile and you might start getting left out of the weekly festivities. Use these fridge stocking tips to pencil in your home as THE place to watch a game.
Cool It Down
The absolute number one thing you can’t go without is ice. The cooler needs to get filled and the ice tray must remain stocked for those sodas and mixed drinks. It might be a good idea to go out and buy a bag or two in case the ice machine can’t keep up with demand.
Anything with cheese is going to be a hot commodity. The hot thing right now is beer cheese pretzel dip and it is really easy to prepare. You’ll have to go out and buy some assorted cheeses, beer and spices. You’ll mix them all together and boil the concoction on the stove until it liquidizes. Make sure you follow the instructions when you heat the pretzel dough and store it separately from the cheese in your refrigerator.
Whether you choose to grill up burgers, steak or dogs, having a little protein is vital to a successful football party. Be sure to store these items in a separate meat draw to avoid potentially harmful contamination.
There is nothing better than ending the weekend with some cold beers and friends. Evaluate the number of people you have on the guest list and buy the appropriate number of beers. You might want to store them in a separate cooler or fridge to avoid clogging up your main unit.
Dress It Up!
This is where you separate the good hosts from the great ones. If your friend asks; “Hey you got any extra blue cheese?” Your answer will confidently be; “I sure do.” Store your ketchup, blue cheese, ranch and other dipping sauces on the door of your fridge to save space for larger items.
Okay, you’re ready to go and we hope you have a great weekend! If your fridge malfunctions unexpectedly, don’t hesitate to call the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service. We offer weekend service at no extra charge to the NYC and Long Island areas in 1 hour or less.
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Nobody ever wants to find mold growing in their refrigerator, but it is bound to happen to some of us. This guide tells you everything you need to know about mold in your fridge; including where to look for it and how to kill it.
What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that can grow virtually anywhere, indoors or outside. Mold spreads by reproducing microscopic spores. When humans come in contact with these spores, they can cause symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, headaches, and respiratory infections.
Several thousands of different types of mold exist, ranging from green fuzz to black slime. All of them have one thing in common, though: you don’t want to find any of them growing in your refrigerator.
Why does mold grow in refrigerators?
Your refrigerator provides favorable conditions for mold to grow and reproduce. It is a dark environment with minimal air circulation and a lot of moisture (a key factor in mold growth). Some places that mold is known to grow in the refrigerator include:
Interior walls and shelves. Mold can grow anywhere on the inside walls or shelves of your refrigerator, especially if there is pooling water that isn’t immediately cleaned up.
On your food. If you have ever left something in the refrigerator for far too long, you have seen firsthand how mold can grow on your food.
On the gasket. The gasket, also known as the rubber door seal is a common hiding place for mold.
What do I do if there is mold in my fridge?
Don’t panic if you spot mold growing in your refrigerator. In most cases, it can safely be removed with a little bit of baking soda, warm water, and 20 minutes of your time. Just follow these steps:
Remove all food from your refrigerator. Throw away any items that the mold has come in direct contact with, as well as any uncovered foods in close proximity. Unopened foods stored in airtight containers can safely be kept.
In a bucket, combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water.
Dip a clean cloth in the bucket, and begin wiping down all of your refrigerator’s walls, shelves, and drawers. Gently scrub these areas until all visible signs of mold growth are gone. As a precaution, also wipe the outside of food containers and plastic packaging.
Pour out the baking soda solution, and refill the bucket with warm water.
Using a new cloth, wipe down every surface that came in contact with the baking soda solution. Repeatedly dip the cloth in the warm water until there is no trace of baking soda in your refrigerator.
Thoroughly dry the interior and replace your food.
Speedy Refrigerator Service provides same-day refrigerator and freezer repairs to the New York City area. Our technicians are fully licensed and insured, and we offer one-hour service to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. Our phone lines are open 24/7, so call us anytime at 866-782-9376.
If you are thinking about purchasing a new refrigerator for your home, one of the first things you will have to consider is style. Generally speaking, there are four different types of refrigerators: top freezers, bottom freezers, side by side, and French door.
Each of these styles offers its own unique set of pros and cons, which we will cover below.
The top freezer layout is probably what you picture when you think of a refrigerator. In this style, the frozen food compartment sits atop the fresh foods section. It is the most common type of refrigerator.
The top freezer refrigerator flipped upside down. This model features the frozen food section at the bottom of the appliance, usually accessible via pull-out drawer.
Side By Side
Side by side refrigerators are exactly what they sound like. Instead of being divided into a top and bottom section, they are split left and right with two doors that open from the middle.
A hybrid of the bottom freezer and side by side styles. This three-door refrigerator has two fresh food doors at the top, and a pull-out freezer at the bottom.
No matter what type of refrigerator you have, Speedy Refrigerator Service can fix it. Our technicians are licensed and knowledgeable enough to fix any style, make, or model of refrigerator. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, and are experiencing fridge problems, call us any time at 866-782-9376.
Almost everything in your kitchen is prone to leaking – the sink, the dishwasher, even the refrigerator.
Fortunately for you, not all leaky refrigerators require expensive repairs. In fact, you can fix many leaks yourself by using the simple step-by-step instructions below.
Why is my refrigerator leaking?
Often times, when you notice water pooling in or around your refrigerator, it isn’t actually leaking. Refrigerators produce a large amount of condensation. When everything is working, this condensation runs down a drain tube into a drip pan under the appliance, where it evaporates unnoticed. However, when your fridge is “leaking”, it is likely that this water just isn’t draining properly.
This is primarily due to two reasons: a clogged drain tube or an unlevel refrigerator. Here is how to fix both.
How to fix an unlevel refrigerator
Pull off the toe grille at the base of the refrigerator.
Using a flathead screwdriver, adjust the legs until your refrigerator is even. Turning the screwdriver clockwise will raise the leg, counterclockwise will lower it.
Use a level to make sure your refrigerator is even, and snap the toe grille back into place.
How to fix a clogged drain tube
Unplug the refrigerator.
Remove the crisper drawers from the unit. You should see the drain tube on the bottom of the back wall.
A piece of ice is likely the culprit for the clog. Use a hair dryer to melt it, or poke it out with a Q-tip or a pipe cleaner.
Flush the tube with warm water.
Replace the crisper drawers and plug your refrigerator in.
Not all refrigerator leaks are so simple to fix – sometimes, you will need to call in a licensed professional. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, look no further than Speedy Refrigerator Service. We can fix any make or model of refrigerator and offer 24/7 emergency service. Call us any time at 866-782-9376.