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.
To schedule service, call 866-782-9376 or click around on our website!
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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While all refrigerators provide the same service, not all of them are created equal. Over the years, refrigerators have morphed into all different shapes and sizes to provide homeowners with a unique look. Let’s take a deeper look into the refrigerator options on the market and go through some of their advantages and disadvantages:
This is the refrigerator model that graces most American kitchens. The freezer takes up about ⅓ of the total volume and it is positioned on top of the refrigerator section.
- Advantages- Price, easy to use, space-friendly
- Disadvantages- Unorganized freezer, swinging doors, less efficient
Take a top-freezer, flip it upside down and you have a DIY bottom freezer unit. Totally kidding, but you get the point. A bottom-freezer is configured the same way a top-freezer is but the ice box is underneath the refrigerator section.
- Advantages- Price, easy access to fresh foods
- Disadvantages- Swinging doors, difficult to assess frozen foods
This model provides an even amount of refrigerator and freezer space. They are narrower than classic refrigerators and they come with more shelves and compartments for organization. Most new side-by-side models also come with a water dispenser that will provide your family with fresh, filtered water.
- Advantages- Convenient access, freezer capacity, space-friendly
- Disadvantages- Less fridge space, price
This style combines the advantages of both side-by-side and bottom-freezer configurations. The refrigerator section features swinging doors that provide ample room for all platters, Tupperware and groceries. The bottom freezer section works the same way it would on a top or bottom freezer.
- Advantages- Elegant design, versatility, efficiency
- Disadvantages- You get what you pay for, and you’re going to pay a lot.
At Speedy Refrigerator Service, we provide fast, same day service within one hour for all makes and models. If you live in NYC, Queens or Nassau County, call us at 866-782-9376 to schedule an appointment.
Before the refrigerator, many homeowners used an ice delivery system to keep their food from spoiling. Ice would come in on a Monday and be placed in an ice box/cellar to help it stay frozen throughout the week. These 19th century families would then bury meats, cheeses and other refrigerated products in these cellars to be consumed later. The problem here was that the liners of these cellars were unreliable, and the ice would only last between 5-7 days. Someone needed to find a better way. Luckily, they did. It was called the refrigerator.
Like most major inventions, the refrigerator can trace its roots back to a series of smaller inventions:
- 1748- At the University of Glasgow, William Cullen developed the first artificial refrigeration system. For an unknown reason, he never tried to use his discovery for practical purposes.
- 1805- US inventor Oliver Evans designed the 1st refrigeration system that used vapor to cool.
- 1844- US physician John Gorrie built a refrigerator that was used to cool the air for yellow fever patients.
- 1927- After several more small advancements, General Electric released the first widely used home refrigeration system which used Freon to cool.
The new refrigerator was a lot more effective than the icebox, but people still couldn’t afford the convenience. The 1st General Electric refrigerator cost anywhere between $350-$600. This was far too steep a price for an American family during the Great Depression. It wasn’t until after WWII that the refrigerator industry really took off. By the year 1950, almost 80% of American homes were using refrigerators, compared to just 30% in the 1930’s. The refrigerator had arrived, and everyone was getting on board.
The Present & Future
Over time the refrigerator has evolved into an appliance that every home/apartment has. Their cost has gone down significantly, and their new features continue to entice people to upgrade. The refrigerator has become more advanced, but the same purpose remains. Keep food cold and safe for us to eat!
As amazing as the refrigerator is, it is not indestructible. If your unit is experiencing problems, call the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service to have it taken care of. We haven’t been around as long as the fridge itself, but we have been serving the New York City area for over 50 years!
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With a little creativity, your ice tray can become the catalyst for so many cool recipes. You don’t need to be a great chef or mixologist, these recipes are easy and sure to impress at your next party!
Is your cocktail missing some flare? If so, these fizzers are sure to brighten it up a little and impress all who are paying attention. All you have to do is put some berries in the ice cube tray and add some seltzer. Once they are frozen, remove your cool looking ice cubes and pop them into your favorite drink!
This recipe is sure to have all the workout junkies jumping for joy. Post workout shakes are boring and unappetizing, but these delicious treats are the complete opposite. Fill your silicon ice tray with flavored yogurt, protein powder, frozen fruit and your choice of milk. After they freeze together, pop them out and pop them straight in your mouth!
Peanut Butter Cups
These treats take a little bit of cooking savvy, but not enough to scare you away. Melt three bars of chocolate on your stove top and mix together a bowl of peanut butter, honey and granola. Once the mix comes to a preferred consistency, add the chocolate and pour it into a silicon ice tray. In about a half hour you might find yourself devouring the entire tray.
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Seedless Lemon Water
Lemon water seems to be the popular choice in the workplace and at home, but those seeds are so annoying. No need to fret, just pour some lemon or lime juice into the ice tray and let it freeze. After that, add the cubes to your water for a refreshing, seed-free treat!
You can’t enjoy these delicious treats if your freezer isn’t in working order! Let the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service give you a hand so you can get started. Call 866-782-9376 to schedule your next appointment with one of our licensed technicians!