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How to Refrigerate Halloween Treats

“Trick or Treat!” Regardless of what you have in your bowl, the excitement of Halloween is enough to drive any child crazy. They’re all out with their friends, dressed to impress and looking for the house that has the best goodies. Well, you can make your house that house by adopting some of these refrigerated candy treats.

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Candy Apples
The candy apple is a difficult thing to keep fresh. Not only do you have to keep the hard covered candy coating from spoiling, you also have to worry about the apple underneath. An important thing to remember when it comes to refrigerating candy apples is that you need to beware of the gap, or where the stick enters the top of the apple. If there is a space, air can get inside of the apple and spoil it quicker than usual. If you want to keep your apples fresh for the maximum amount of time, try using the following storage tactic.

  • Place apple upside down (stick upwards) on a piece of wax paper.
  • Bring the four corners of the wax paper together and tie them around the stick tightly.
  • For more reinforcement, you could try wrapping the apples in plastic wrap prior to the wax paper.
  • After you have done this, you can try decorating your wrapping to enhance the presentation.

Most chocolate does not belong in the refrigerator. But if you are someone who enjoys a nice cool treat, there is a right and wrong way to do it. You shouldn’t bother storing store bought candy in the fridge. It will only make it stale and difficult to chew. As for homemade fudge, you’ll want to keep it in the refrigerator at around 40°F on a baking sheet covered in plastic wrap. Make sure you store it on a shelf where nothing can go on top and it shouldn’t be in there for longer than three days.

At Speedy Refrigerator Service, we have been keeping refrigerators going through the holiday season for over 75 years. For us, Halloween marks the start of the holiday season and that means we are kicking it into high gear! We are still offering $25 off of our appliance repair service and we would encourage you to take advantage of that today.

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The Refrigerator Dictionary

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!

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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.  

Our expertise gives us the ability to fix any refrigerator problems, big or small. We are New York’s premiere refrigerator repair service and we have been helping customers in the area for the past 75 years. We handle all makes and models so don’t hesitate to give us a call the next time you are having trouble.

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Fall Refrigerator Maintenance Tips

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. refrigerator repair| NYC- refrigerator repair| Long IslandCheck 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.

Be Prepared
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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What You Need To Know About Storing Pie

Pie season is upon us and we are extremely excited about it! There is nothing better than coming downstairs to the smell of a delicious fall pie in the oven. Whether you’re a blueberry lover or passionate about pumpkin, there are always going to be some leftovers (maybe not always…) But when there are, you need to be careful about how you store them in your refrigerator.

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Pumpkin/ Pecan
These pies contain eggs in their filling, so refrigeration is a must. If you’re trying to knock the preparation out of the way, you can do it during the week and store the pie in the fridge for four days before serving. Be sure to wrap the pie in aluminum foil and set the refrigerator temperature to right around 38°F.

Fruit Pies
Your blueberry, cherry, raspberry and any other kind of berry pies fall into this category. After they’re baked, they can remain covered at room temperature for up to two days. After that, move them to the refrigerator for another two days of storage. If you can’t finish them in that four day window, then maybe you need a new recipe!  

Cream/ Custard Pies
These pies are simple and easy to make and they always seem to be a fan favorite. They tend to be a little lighter on the stomach than traditional pie and people appreciate that after a long meal. As for storage, they can’t be frozen, but they can be covered in the fridge for up to four days. Oh, and a little tip. Don’t put the whip cream on top until you’re ready to serve!

If you follow these guidelines, your pies should be even tastier the next day. The only thing that can derail you is a faulty refrigerator but those are a thing of the past. Just call Speedy Refrigerator Service and we’ll be there in one hour or less! If you throw in some pie, our guys might even make it a half hour.

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Q & A With Speedy Refrigerator Service

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.

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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.

To schedule service, call 866-782-9376 or visit us on the web!