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Why is My Refrigerator Not Dispensing Water?

A big perk of modern refrigerators is your water dispenser. It gives you the convenience of cold, filtered water and keeps you from wasting countless plastic bottles. But neither of those things are bottle is your refrigerator doesn’t dispense water to begin with. If you’re experiencing this problem, these may be some reasons why.

Why is My Refrigerator Not Dispensing Water?

Frozen Water Tube

This can be diagnosed by trying to run air through the tube in the door and seeing if it passes through. If it doesn’t, the tube will have to be thawed to allow water to flow through it again.

Fault Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve opens to allow water into the dispenser. The valve stops opening if it becomes faulty or if there isn’t enough water pressure. Fixing this problem involves replacing the valve and/or adjusting the water pressure to the proper level.

Faulty Dispenser Control Board

The control board in your fridge is in charge of most of the functions of you water dispensing system. If it’s faulty, the entire system could stop working. There may be only one part that’s not working, so each part will have to be tested.

Clogged Water Filter

If your refrigerator’s water filter is clogged, it can prevent your water dispenser from working. Make sure to replace your filter twice a year to avoid this problem and keep your water clean.

If your refrigerator isn’t dispensing water, call the experts at Speedy Subzero Repairs for help. We offer service within the hour for home on Long Island and in Queens and stock 99% of parts in our “warehouse on wheels” so we can make quick and timely repairs on your fridge or freezer. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 866-782-9376.

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How to Prevent Frost Buildup in Your Freezer

Your freezer is your main way of storing and keeping food fresh. Frost buildup takes up your storage space, not to mention makes it harder to close your freezer door, which can lead to more serious damage. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent frost from building up in the first place.

Preventing Frost Buildup:

  • Keep your freezer away from hot appliances. If your freezer is located near your hot water heater or furnace, it will feel that heat and work harder to keep cool, often resulting in frost buildup.
  • Pack it well. If your freezer is too full or too empty, the temperature won’t regulate well. Also, smaller items freezer better, so break up large food packages into smaller ones.
  • Dry food before you put it into your freezer. If there is any condensation on food packaging or you just washed some produce, make sure these items are totally dry before putting them into your freezer.
  • Don’t put hot items in your freezer. It may be tempting to make pasta sauce and immediately put it in the freezer for future occasions, but hot foods will become frostbitten or cause frost buildup. Wait until those items are room temperature instead.
  • Take care of the seal. Clean it regularly to remove any food particles, using bleach or vinegar if there is any mold on it. If you notice the seal is torn or damaged, call Speedy to replace it for you. (Remember: We stock 99% of parts in our “warehouse on wheels,” so we’ll get the job done quickly and efficiently.)
  • Give your freezer some space. Don’t push it too close to the wall, as this will restrict the airflow and prevent the coils from cooling your unit properly.

If your freezer does develop frost buildup, call Speedy Subzero Repairs. We offer refrigerator and freezer repair services within the hour for homes on Long Island and in Queens. We’ve been providing high-quality service since 1946 and always stand behind our work, so you know you can trust us. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 866-782-9376.

 

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The Danger of Dirty Refrigerator Coils

Imagine you had the task of running a mile around a track in under 10 minutes. You’re in pretty good shape, so you take off without problems. But as time goes on, you’re made to wear a weighted vest as you run that gets heavier each half a mile you run. You would’ve been fine when you first started out on your own, but now outside factors are weighing you down and making it harder to complete your task. By the time you finish, you’re about near ready to collapse. That’s exactly what it’s like for a fridge to run with dirty refrigerator coils.

The Science Behind It

The coils on the back of your refrigerator work under the second law of thermodynamics. That basically means that when two different things are near each other at different temperatures, the hotter one will cool and the colder one warms. In terms of your fridge, gas refrigerant is pushed through the coils, cools and liquefies. There it soaks up the heat in your fridge and freezer and cools everything inside it.

What That Means

When your coils are covered in dust, pet hair, and other grime, that thermodynamic process we mentioned is seriously hindered. Dirty coils prevent your fridge from cooling, resulting in spoiled food. If your unit is still able to cool at all, it’s going to work a lot harder than it should, causing major wear and tear.

If you find that dirty refrigerator coils are causing damage to your refrigerator, call Speedy Subzero Repairs. We offer 24/7 refrigerator repair services, and can even get to your home within the hour if you’re on Long Island or in Queens. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 866-782-9376.

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Fridge Repairs You Shouldn’t Make Yourself

As a homeowner, being a DIY-er is a skill to be proud of. You should take pride in being able to make repairs around your home. However, there are certain fridge repairs that you shouldn’t be taking care of on your own. When it comes to your fridge, these repairs should be left to the professionals.

Frost Buildup

If you open your freezer and see a wall of ice and frost, you’re most likely looking at a problem with the defrosting process. This can be caused by a heater, fuse, switch, or sensor. Many of these repairs involve more complicated repairs methods than simply replacing a part, and often require you to get into some unfamiliar nooks and crannies of your fridge. For the safety of you and your unit, issues with your defrosting process are best left to the professionals.

No Water in the Dispenser

A lack of water in your dispenser can be a sign of a valve problem. While the issue may stem from a clogged filter or another minor problem, it could be a problem with the water supply line. If that’s the case, you should avoid tampering with the line and call the professionals to inspect what’s preventing water from getting to the dispenser.

Any Problem You Don’t Know Much About

Changing a filter is one thing, but trying to diagnose, much less fix, a bigger problem with your fridge is not a good idea. No amount of YouTube tutorials can compare to the knowledge a factory-trained technician has.

If you’re in need of fridge or freezer repairs, call Speedy Subzero Repairs. We’ve been servicing Sub-Zero refrigerators since 1946 and stand behind all of our work. For more information or to schedule a service, call us at 866-782-9376.

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Why Is My Fridge Not Cold?

We’ve all seen the movie scenes in which a person stands in front of their fridge to get some cool relief from the summer heat. But what happens when your fridge isn’t cold? Now, not only can you not get a breath of cold air (pun intended) but your food also isn’t being stored properly and can spoil. (Clearly, one of those things in more important than the other.) If your fridge isn’t cold, one of these issues might be the reason why.

Faulty Door Gaskets

The door gaskets are there to make sure your fridge is fully sealed every time you close it. If the gaskets are torn or broken, air can leak out of your fridge, resulting in it being warmer than it should be. Speedy can quickly replace your gaskets so they’re as good as new.

Faulty Temperature Control

Temperature control is a common reason why your fridge wouldn’t be cold. If your thermostat is simply set too high, you can adjust it to the right setting. However, if it is set to the correct temperature, and your fridge still isn’t cold, you may have to call Speedy to replace the temperature control panel.

Inadequate Air Flow

If you pack your fridge to the point of near capacity, there won’t be enough space for air to flow through your unit, and your food won’t be cooled evenly. In the same regard, if you skip your grocery shopping and there is very little food in your fridge, your unit could also not work efficiently.

Refrigerant Leak

Though this isn’t as common, if your refrigerant leaks, your fridge won’t work properly. You’ll need to call a service technician to help you with this one. If you’re on Long Island, call Speedy!

 

Speedy Subzero Repairs is your trusted service for refrigerator and freezer repairs. We stock 99% of parts in our “warehouse on wheels” and offer service within the hour for homeowners on Long Island and in Queens. For more information or to schedule a service, please call us at 866-782-9376.