When it comes to the little one in your life, you can never be too careful. Your child is so curious and quick that almost anything in your home can pose a threat, the refrigerator included. They could hit themselves in the head with the door or get inside and eat something that they shouldn’t. Either way, you’ll want to keep them out of the area and safely tucked away in the playroom. Here are some tips to baby-proof the refrigerator in your home:
No Babies Allowed!
Your refrigerator likely lies in your kitchen, so you could eliminate the threat by denying your child unsupervised kitchen access. Bring in one of your handy baby gates and block off the entrance, or entrances into your kitchen. This will ensure your child’s safety from the refrigerator and all of the other hazards that lie in your kitchen drawers.
Hold the Door
A little Game of Thrones reference for all you fans out there! But instead of holding the door against the living dead, you need to hold the door against your little guy/girl. There are various different door locks on the market to help you with this task.
- Button-Strap Lock: This lock is easy to install and easy to remove, but that could be a problem. It holds the door shut with adhesive that wears out over time. It is cheap and easy, but that doesn’t mean it is the best solution!
- Padlock Fridge Lock: This lock is durable and very difficult for a child to break. The downside is that it can be a nuisance to undo every time you need something from the fridge.
- Clip Strap Fridge Lock: This lock easily holds french style doors closed with the help of a simple strap. This lock is not uncrackable, but it can keep most babies out and it is easy for a parent to remove.
No Wet Floors
The last thing you need to lock down is your refrigerator’s water dispenser. This isn’t necessarily dangerous for your child, but it can cause a big mess that you don’t want to clean. Look inside your owner’s manual and search for the lock settings on your dispenser. Most new models will have this feature and it can go a long way to keeping your floors nice and dry.
At Speedy Refrigerator Service, we keep your refrigerator running so you’ll always have something to baby-proof. We can fix leaks, electrical problems and much more with the help of our warehouse on wheels. When we arrive to your home, our trucks are already stocked with all the parts you’ll need so we can get the job done quickly and efficiently.
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In this heat wave we are experiencing, ice is always a refreshing treat. But what if your ice maker isn’t making ice? Well, that might make it tough to cool down your favorite beverages. But with a little patience and a positive attitude, you can have your ice maker back up and running in no time.
Check the Supply Line
If you can hear the machine buzzing but ice isn’t coming out, it is probably a problem with your water supply line. The buzzing sound indicates that the machine is asking for water to freeze, but that water isn’t arriving. You can start addressing this problem by examining your units supply line and looking for kinks. If this happens frequently, you might want to switch over to copper tubing.
Make Sure the Fill Tube Isn’t Frozen
If your ice cubes seem to have spent time under the shrink ray, you should assume there is a problem with your fill tube. Check to see if something has caused ice to back up around the mechanism—this can cause the fill tube to freeze. Try removing the blockage and see if your cubes return to normal size.
Check on the Solenoid
The water line runs through the solenoid before it travels back to the ice maker. If the solenoid is defective, it could be the source for all kinds of refrigerator problems. To deal with a malfunctioning solenoid, unplug your fridge and remove the sediment screen. Once you have the screen out, run it under some water and give it a good clean. Not only will this give you cleaner ice, but it could fix the machine all together!
You can’t afford to go ice-free in a summer like this. To ensure yourself a professional fix on all things refrigerator related, call the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service. We have been serving the NYC area for over 50 years and we always leave our customers with a smile on their face.
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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!
Does the inside of your freezer look like it was hit by a blizzard? Just follow the steps below to manually defrost your freezer, then find the cause of the problem to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
- Unplug the freezer from the electrical outlet.
- Remove all food and place it in a cooler or your second freezer to keep cool.
- For the quick method, melt the frost using a hair dryer on low heat. Make sure that the hair dryer doesn’t come in contact with any water, and don’t keep the nozzle pointed at one place for too long.
- For the longer method, line your freezer with towels and leave the door open overnight. The ice will eventually melt, and the towels will help prevent the water from leaking on to your floor.
- No matter which method you use, thoroughly dry the inside of your freezer with a clean towel in order to prevent mold.
- Plug your appliance back in and re-stock it with food.
Be advised that this method is only a band-aid approach. In order to prevent your freezer from frosting up again, you need to find the source of the problem. Here are a few common causes of frosty freezers:
- Damaged gasket. The rubber gasket (or door seal) creates an airtight barrier between your fridge and the outside world. One small rip or tear in this seal can allow warm air to enter, even when the door is closed. The moisture from this warm air condenses and freezes, turning into frost.
- Temperature set too low. Most freezers have an adjustable thermostat to control the temperature. Ideally, your freezer should be as close to 0° F as possible. Frost build up may indicate that your thermostat is set too low.
- Freezer is too full. When your freezer is overfull, air can’t properly circulate, which causes frost to build up.
Can’t get your freezer to stay frost-free? The refrigeration experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service can! Our licensed professionals have more than 75 years of experience fixing refrigerators and freezers in the NYC area. We guarantee one-hour service to New York City and Long Island! Call us anytime to schedule your same-day freezer repair at 866-782-9376.
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.