Webster’s gave us the responsibility of designing a dictionary specifically for our industry. They said they wanted the team who had 75 years of experience to lay out a few terms that homeowners should know about the most important appliance in their home–the refrigerator. So here we go with our first edition of the Speedy Dictionary for Refrigerators!
Compressor: This is the powerhouse of your entire unit. The compressor compresses low pressure gas into high pressured gas to adjust its temperature. Once this process is complete, it moves into the condenser for the next step of the process.
Condenser: This is where all the magic happens. This part of your fridge condenses that gas from the compressor into a liquid refrigerant that helps keep your refrigerator cold.
Crisper Drawers: This is how you keep all those fresh fruit and veggies from spoiling. These drawers are usually located on the bottom of your refrigerator with adjustable humidity settings for specific types of produce. Make sure you take good care of these drawers however, they collect bacteria rather quickly.
Gasket: This is the rubber lining that works it’s way around the door of your refrigerator. While it might look unimportant, it is actually crucial to maintaining an efficient refrigerator. It locks that cool air in and a faulty gasket needs to be dealt with immediately.
Drain Pan: Your drain pan is located out of sight next to your compressor and it has a very important job. It collects all of the excess water that is left over after the defrost cycle so that it doesn’t wind up on your floor.
Energy Rating: This is important for those environmentally conscious homeowners out there. Energy Star rates your unit on a scale from A-G based on how well it operates in normal conditions. The higher the rating, the less energy is consumed.
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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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We seem to take our refrigerators for granted because they are always there when we need them. But sometimes, a refrigerator breaks down and we realize just how valuable they truly are. We have been to hundreds of homes to assess refrigerator problems and we always seem to get the same questions. So for your records, here are some answers to the most common refrigerator concerns.
How often should I perform maintenance on my fridge?
If you want your unit to work at maximum efficiency, you should be performing maintenance every six months. This includes moving the unit off of the wall and dusting off your condenser coils so they don’t overheat. You should also clean your refrigerator gasket and replace your water filter at this time.
What temperature should my refrigerator be set to?
The optimal refrigerator temperature is anywhere between 35 and 42 degrees Fahrenheit. This keeps leftovers, milk and other contents from spoiling prematurely. If your thermometer reads this temperature, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is correct. Every once in awhile you should place a standing thermometer on a shelf to double-check.
Is it true that a full refrigerator uses less energy?
This answer isn’t black and white, but studies show that a full refrigerator does help lock in the cold. It really isn’t hard to dissect. The more stuff that is stocked on the shelves, the less room cold air has to escape when you open the door. By locking in this air, you allow your unit to use less energy to cool down your food and drinks.
Why is my unit leaking?
This could be related to a number of different factors including a clogged or frozen defrost drain. If the drain is frozen, water has nowhere to go and it will eventually make its way downward and onto your floor. This is one of those problems that will have you calling the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service for help!
Speedy Refrigerator Service is New York’s premier refrigerator repair service. With over 75 years of experience, trust our licensed technicians to fix any make or model of refrigerator, freezer, wine cooler or ice maker. We offer 24/7 coverage and guarantee one hour service to Long Island, Queens and New York City.
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This decision is not black and white. A lot of it depends on the state of your current unit and how much you have already sunk into it. Nobody wants to fork over the cash for a new unit but it might actually be beneficial in the long run. A new unit is going to be more efficient, require less repair and provide you with features that your old unit did not.
How old is your unit?
Your average refrigerator can last anywhere from 10-20 years depending on how you care for it. The longer you have had a particular unit the more likely it is to breakdown and require repair. The general rule of thumb is if a unit is 15 years old or greater, repairs are typically not worth it because the problem will continue to occur. The difficult decisions come on units between 8-15 years of age. If these refrigerators malfunction, it is a good idea to sit down, weigh your options and make the best financial decision.
What kind of refrigerator do you have?
Some refrigerators are better candidates for repair than others. Your classic side-by-side, bottom-freezer and top-freezer units can all be repaired within 7-10 years of their purchase. Repairs vary in cost but they’re almost always going to be a better option than replacement. On the other hand, built-in units are costly to repair and replacement is often the better option.
How efficient is your unit?
Technological advancements in the refrigerator world have made new units significantly more efficient than old ones. The experts at Energy Star say that a 10 year old unit uses double the amount of energy as a new Energy Star rated refrigerator. That waste of electricity is costing you on your utilities bill at the end of every month. If a unit breaks down, this is something you need to take into consideration when you decide to replace or repair.
Your refrigerator is your most used appliance so replacement is a big decision. Whatever you decide, Speedy Refrigerator Service will be there every step of the way. We can repair broken fridges or install new ones, so just give us a call and we can be over on one hour or less.
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Wine coolers are a must have for all the wine connoisseurs out there. They keep your wine fresh and delicious during the times you aren’t enjoying it. But if you’re truly a wine expert, you should also be well versed in the different coolers that are on the market. Some work better on different types of wine and others might fit your kitchen setup more ideally. If you’re going to go all in on the alcoholic grapes, you need to educate yourself on all of the cooling options.Counter-Top Coolers
These fit into those kitchens that are short on floor space. They’re pretty compact, so as long as you can give up a corner of your counter, this guy should do the trick. They come in different sizes ranging from 4-24 bottles and the right cooler all depends on the amount of space you have.
This is the most expensive type of cooler but if you have the means, it is every wine drinker’s dream. These coolers don’t take up valuable floor space and they fit right next to your cabinets and drawers. They can hold more wine and provide efficient cooling.
If you use your backyard like an extension of your home, this cooler is the perfect fit for you. They can plug into any outdoor outlet and save you the hassle of going inside to uncork your favorite bottle. Every outdoor bar needs a free-standing cooler if they want to separate themselves from the competition.
Just like refrigerators, wine coolers run into all kinds of problems. Some people forget that they need proper ventilation and neglecting to provide this can cause damage to the compressor. Lucky for you, Speedy Refrigerator Service can repair all makes and models of wine cooler in a professional and timely manner. If you choose Speedy, you’ll be right back sipping cool wine in no time!
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