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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!”

 

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How to Maintain Your Freezer

Your freezer works night and day to keep your frozen items fresher for longer. Without it, how could you stock a plethora of burgers for cookouts or boxes upon boxes of ravioli for Sunday dinners? Since it plays such an important role in your kitchen, it’s important to properly maintain your freezer. There are a few easy chores you can perform to keep it running efficiently.

Defrost Your Freezer

Some freezers have a self-defroster, but if you have a manual-defrost freezer, you’ll have to do it yourself. Aim to defrost your freezer any time there’s a half-inch or more of ice build-up on the interior walls.

Vacuum the Condenser Coils

If your condenser coils are covered in dust, your freezer will have to work harder to keep food cold – that means higher electric bills and a shorter lifespan. Every three months, vacuum your condenser coils to remove any built up dust.

Clean the Drain Hole and Pan

If your freezer is self-defrosting, you have to keep the drain hole clean. Unplug your freezer, clear out any deposits that may be clogged in the drain hole, and wash the drain pan out as well.

Check the Seal

A tight seal on your door helps your freezer achieve and maintain a constant temperature without overworking the condenser. Check the rubber gasket to make sure it doesn’t have any cracks or tears. Then, test the seal by shutting the door on a dollar bill; if you can pull the bill out easily, you should replace the gasket. If not, just wipe it down to remove any dirt.

If you notice any problems with your freezer while doing your maintenance, call Speedy Sub Zero Repairs. We can provide you with service within the hour since our “warehouse on wheels” stocks 99% of needed parts. If you’re in need of freezer repairs on Long Island, call 866-782-9376.