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Recycling Your Old Fridge

When you’re finished with your food, you toss milk cartons, cans, and plastic containers into your recycling bin. So why should it be any different when you’re done with your fridge? Every appliance has a life span, and once we’ve gotten full use out of ours, it should be properly disposed of. Here are a few ways you can recycle your old fridge once you no longer need it.

Recycle Your Old Fridge or Freeze When You Buy a New ENERGY STAR Model

When it’s time to replace your old fridge or freezer, choose a retailer that partners with the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program. The program is made up of volunteers who make it their mission to protect our ozone layer and reduce the number of greenhouse gasses that go into the air. They do this by:

  • Salvaging ozone-depleting chemicals that are found in household appliances, such as fridges and freezers.
  • Making sure that any parts of your fridge or freezer that aren’t green-friendly — such as refrigerants, foam, mercury, oil, etc. — are collected and disposed of properly.
  • Recycling all other materials of your fridge, such as metals, plastic, and glass.

Often, your retailer will pick up your old fridge or freezer when they drop off your new one, so ask if the unit will be recycled properly.

Check Your State Energy Office or Local Utility

More and more utility organizations are supporting refrigerator and freezer recycling programs. Check to see if there is one in your area you can contact. You might even get cash or utility bill credits for recycling your old fridge.

Ask About Municipal Appliance Pick-Up

Your town trash division might offer the option for heavy trash pick-up and participate in proper appliance recycling practices. Give them a call to see if they provide those services.

Talk to a Scrap Metal Recycler

If all else fails, check scrap metal yards. Many of these groups can dispose of your old fridge or freezer. Just be sure to ask if they will properly recycle your unit.

While it’s great to know your options when it comes to recycling your old fridge or freezer, there’s no need to get rid of it when a simple repair from Speedy Sub Zero Repair could have it as good as new! We can service your fridge or freezer within the hour and even stock 99% of parts in our “warehouse on wheels,” so your fridge will be up and running in no time. For refrigerator and freezer repairs on Long Island, call 866-782-9376.

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Tips for Improving Your Fridge’s Efficiency

Your fridge is the biggest workhorse in your kitchen. It’s on 24/7 making sure your food stays fresh and tasty. It holds your delicious smoothie ingredients, your kids’ favorite snacks, and your dog’s canned food. Even so, there’s no denying that your fridge costs you a big chunk of change when you get your energy bill each month. That’s why we’re going to give you some tips for improving your fridge’s efficiency.

Watch the Temperature

Your fridge temperature can change as the weather and overall temperature in your home change. Keep an eye out, and make sure your fridge is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, so your food stays safe.

Check the Door Gasket

If your gasket is damaged, it can allow air to leak out and make your fridge work harder to keep a constant temperature. A harder-working fridge makes for higher energy bills. If your gasket is, in fact, damaged, Speedy can repair it quickly with a part from our “warehouse on wheels.”

Allow for Good Airflow

Give your fridge enough room to do its job — at least one inch on each side. This allows air to circulate around the outside of your unit. Additionally, don’t pack food too tightly inside your fridge. A lack of space can limit airflow and cause a decrease in your fridge’s efficiency and potentially damage your unit.

Change the Condenser Coil Regularly

Turn off your fridge, and clean the condenser coil underneath it to remove dirt buildup that causes your fridge to use more energy or even break down. If your fridge does break down, you’ll want to call Speedy!

For any and all refrigerator repairs, call Speedy Sub Zero Repairs. You can even get $25 off of your repair with our coupon. For more information or to schedule a repair in Nassau County, Queens, or NYC, call 866-782-9376.

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Why is My Fridge So Noisy?

It’s normal for your refrigerator to make a bit of noise – some ticking, humming, or even some clacking if you have an automatic ice maker. But if your fridge makes so much noise that it disturbs you when you’re in your kitchen, there’s a problem. If you’re confused as to why your fridge is so noisy, we’ve got some answers.

When There’s Noise Coming from the Back

If you think the noise is coming from the back of your fridge, you could be looking at three potential problems. Your condenser fan could be covered in dust and cause it to produce noise, or the fan could have a faulty motor which you’ll need to get replaced. If the problem is your defrost timer, you’ll need to replace that component entirely. You will also have to replace your condenser if it’s too noisy. Since it’s not always safe to be futzing around with the back components of your fridge, call Speedy Sub Zero Repairs for service within one hour, and get your fridge to hush up.

When There’s Noise Coming from the Inside

The noise will probably be coming from the inside of your fridge if it’s self-defrosting. This is usually caused by the fan used to circulate air throughout the fridge and freezer. Depending on what model of refrigerator you have, the fan could be located in different areas. You can check if the fan is the problem by opening your freezer and pushing the light switch in. If the noise gets worse, that’s a sign that the fan has a faulty motor and will need to be replaced. When you call Speedy, we’ll be able to fix your fridge on the spot, since we stock 99% of parts in our “warehouse on wheels.”

If you’re in need of refrigerator repair, you need Speedy Sub Zero Repairs. You can even get $25 off of your repair with our coupon. For more information or to schedule a repair in Nassau County, Queens, or NYC, call 866-782-9376.

 

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Why is My Refrigerator Freezing Everything?

If you wanted your salad and cold cuts frozen, you would’ve put them in your freezer. But you didn’t, so why is a bunch of food in your fridge frozen? Obviously, you’ll want to get this fixed, so your food doesn’t go to waste, but do you even know what’s causing the problem? If your fridge is freezing everything, these reasons may be why.

The Temperature

Before you get yourself in a tizzy, check your fridge’s thermostat to see if it’s set too low. Maybe someone bumped it and caused the knob to be set to a cooler degree than necessary. Luckily, this is pretty easy to fix — just adjust it to the right temperature.

The Vent

Each fridge has a vent that supplies cold air and is usually in the back of the unit. If you place foods too close to the vent, they could freeze from being hit by too much of that air. Move the foods forward, so they’re at least five inches from the back of your fridge. If that doesn’t help, you may have a more serious problem.

The Thermostat

If the temperature is properly set and foods are still freezing, you may have a faulty thermostat. To test this, place a cup of water inside your fridge with a cooking thermometer in it. Adjust your fridge’s temperature up or down, and leave the cup in there for six hours. If it does not match the fridge’s temperature when you check it later on, your thermostat is most likely not working and will need to be replaced.

The Damper

The air damper opens and closes to regulate the amount of cold air in your fridge. If your fridge is freezing everything, your damper may be damaged or stuck in the open position. You’ll need to call a professional technician to repair this.

If you’re in need of refrigerator repairs, call Speedy Sub Zero Repairs. We can quickly repair your refrigerator the same day you call us, since we stock 99% of parts in our “warehouse on wheels.”  For refrigerator repair services on Long Island and beyond, call us at 866-782-9376.

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How to Keep Your Fridge Clean

You probably tell yourself all the time that, this month, you’re going to get down into the nitty-gritty of your fridge and make it spotlessly clean. But how often does that actually happen? We get it – cleaning your fridge isn’t the easiest (or most fun) task on your to-do list. If you’re one of those people who only cleans out the fridge when it starts to smell bad, it might be wise to take a day to implement some tips that will keep your fridge clean and organized all the time.

Avoid Spills with Plastic Wrap

Spills normally require you to take most of your food out of the fridge before cleaning the mess. Save yourself time and effort by placing plastic wrap over each shelf, so you can quickly remove spills that way. If you don’t want to wrap the entire shelf, just place the plastic wrap around items that tend to spill.

Don’t Mix Foods

You risk contamination if your milk, veggies, and meats are together in the same spot. Put your veggies in drawers, your meat on bottom shelves, and your milk on top shelves. This way, if the meat packaging should leak, the rest of your food is safe.

Stock the Door Well

Certain foods should be stored on your fridge door since it keeps food at different temperatures. Place condiments such as mustards and salad dressings here. However, don’t keep juices or milk here since the door won’t keep them cold enough. Lukewarm milk? Gross!

Avoid Overbuying

Every time you plan on going grocery shopping, check your fridge and pantry first, and make a list of what you actually need. This way, you won’t end up buying food you don’t need or have room for. Plus, you’ll save money by not buying items you already have.

It’s important to keep your fridge clean so you can extend its life. It’s also important to schedule tune-ups and get repairs done when you need them. If you’re in need of fridge maintenance or repairs on Long Island, call Speedy Sub Zero Repairs at 866-782-9376. We provide same day service within one hour 24/7 – “you just can’t beat the service!”