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.
Did you know that 40% of all food in America goes uneaten? Whether it’s tossed out or left to rot, we are wasting billions of dollars worth of food every year. Some sources estimate that as much as 20 pounds of food per person is wasted every month!
One of the biggest reasons for this waste is the improper storage. Use these tips after your next trip to the grocery store to keep your food fresh for longer and reduce your waste:
Reserve the door for condiments and bottled water. Every time you open your refrigerator door, the ambient air of the kitchen warms up the items stored on it. These temperatures often reach 40° or higher, so save this space for items resistant to spoiling, such as condiments and bottled water.
Get your food to the fridge as soon as possible. The longer refrigerated food sits at room temperature, the quicker it goes bad. Do everything you can to get your food back into the refrigerator as soon as possible after buying it from the store. This includes doing things like putting refrigerated items in your cart last, and going straight home from the market.
Keep your fruits and vegetables separated. Most refrigerators come with two independent crisper drawers – one for your fruits, and one for your vegetables. It is wise to keep them separated. This is because most fruits produce ethylene as they ripen, a gas which causes most vegetables to spoil.
Make sure your refrigerator is at the right temperature. In order to keep your food fresh for as long as possible, it is important that your refrigerator is set to the right temperature. The optimal temperature range is between 34-38° F, anything higher than that promotes bacteria growth.
Are you noticing that all the food in your refrigerator is going bad before its expiration date? It could be due to a temperature malfunction. If you live on Long Island or in New York City, call the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service. We can repair any make or model of refrigerator, and guarantee one-hour service. Call us anytime at 866-782-9376.
Is your refrigerator running? If not, you better get it fixed!
Finding a quality refrigerator repair service isn’t always easy, especially if there are many options to choose from in your area. Here are some qualities to look for that separate the good from the bad.
1. Licensed & Insured
When searching for a refrigerator repair service, you always want to pick one that is properly licensed and insured. Licensing shows that they are qualified to perform the job at hand, and insurance protects you from being held personally liable for any accidents that may happen.
2. Years of Experience
When it comes to experience, more is always better. A repair service with decades of experience has a proven track record of successful repairs and excellent customer service – after all, they’ve managed to stay in business so long for a reason.
3. Knowledgeable Technicians
You want repair technicians who know what they are doing. Look for terms such as “trained”, “licensed”, or “certified” on their advertisements or website. If a company claims that they repair all makes and models, this is a good sign as well.
4. Warrantied Repairs
The last thing you want to do after calling a refrigerator repair service is to call them again because you have another problem. If a company doesn’t stand behind their work, how can you trust them?
5. Around-the-Clock Service
Your refrigerator runs around-the-clock; you want a repair service that will do the same. Nights, weekends, or holidays, a good repair service will be there for you no matter what.
Speedy Refrigerator Service has 75 years of experience repairing refrigerators and freezers in the New York City area. Our licensed technicians can repair any make or model of refrigerator, and we always stand behind our work. Our phone lines are always open, so call us any time at 866-782-9376.
When it comes to keeping your refrigerator running, a little bit of maintenance can go a long way. You can not only extend the lifespan of your appliance, but also improve it’s energy efficiency with this simple DIY tune up.
Step One: Clean the interior.
A clean refrigerator starts with the inside. Remove all food items from your refrigerator and thoroughly wipe down the interior walls, shelves, and drawers. Discard any expired food items and restock your fridge. This will help prevent bacteria growth and unpleasant odors.
Step Two: Vacuum the condenser coils.
The condenser coils are located on the back of most units. These long, windy tubes are responsible for releasing heat. When they are coated in dust, they cannot effectively do this, and your refrigerator will suffer. Clean these coils using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.
Step Three: Clean and lubricate the gasket.
The rubber door seal (known as the gasket) is usually one of the first components to break on most refrigerators. Inspect yours for cracks, holes, and loose edges. If you notice any of these signs, replace the gasket immediately. Otherwise, wipe it down with a soapy cloth and apply a thin layer of Vaseline to prevent it from drying out.
Step Four: Replace the water filter.
When was the last time you replaced your water filter? A dirty filter can lead to dirty water and ice. Not only does it taste bad, you could be exposing yourself to harmful bacteria. Changing the filter is an easy process; refer to your owner’s manual for specific instructions for your model.
This routine should be performed every 3-6 months for a healthy, happy refrigerator!
Speedy Refrigerator Service provides in-home refrigerator repairs and tune ups to residents of Long Island and New York City. We specialize in all makes and models of refrigerators, freezers, wine coolers, and ice makers. Our phone lines are open 24/7, so call us anytime to schedule an appointment at 866-782-9376.