Category Archives: Refrigerator Cleaning & Organization

Can You Believe The Features on This Refrigerator?

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It wasn’t too long ago that your refrigerator was just a giant ice box meant to keep your food cold. If it had a water dispenser on the door, it was considered technologically advanced.

That all changed earlier this year when Samsung announced its latest Family Hub smart refrigerator. The appliances features a 21.5-inch touchscreen and offers some pretty futuristic features. Check out some of the things you will be able to do, just from your refrigerator:

  • Go grocery shopping. Browse groceries from your local market, add them to your cart, pay for them using a credit card, and have them delivered to your house. All without ever having to leave your kitchen.

  • Stream music. The Family Hub refrigerator comes preloaded with your favorite music apps, such as Pandora. Stream music to your kitchen through the appliances built-in speakers, or use its Bluetooth capabilities to wirelessly connect with an external speaker.

  • Custom cooling. The bottom-right compartment of the four door refrigerator is known as the FlexZone, Samsung’s versatile cooling compartment. This section can switch between five different temperature settings at the push of a button, making it the perfect place to store your frozen goods, raw meat, produce, or beer.

  • Check your inventory. At the grocery store and can’t remember if you need more milk? Not a problem. The refrigerator features three cameras that snap a picture of the interior every time the door is closed. If you need to see what foods need to be restocked, simply open an app on your smartphone and check from anywhere in the world.

If you want your refrigerator to come fully-equipped with features such as these, you will have to pay a pretty penny. The Family Hub refrigerator starts at $5,500.

To learn more about Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator, click here to see it in action on their website.

If your Samsung Family Hub refrigerator – or any other model – is giving you problems, the repair experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. We guarantee one-hour service to Long Island and New York City, so call us at 866-782-9376 to schedule your appointment.

How to Clean the Condenser Coils on Your Refrigerator

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When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator? Probably pretty recently.

Now, what about the last time you cleaned your refrigerator’s condenser coils? We’re willing to bet it’s been a while (or never).

Don’t feel bad – many people don’t realize how important it is to clean this part of the fridge. Although they are generally an afterthought, condenser coils are a key component to your refrigerator’s energy efficiency and overall health.

Located on the back of most units, the condenser coils are responsible for releasing excess heat. This keeps your refrigerator operating quietly and efficiently. When these coils become coated in a thick layer of dust, your fridge has to work harder to keep cool. This ultimately leads to higher utility bills and a shorter lifespan for your appliance.

Preventing these problems is as easy as cleaning your condenser coils every six months. It only takes minutes and can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Unplug your refrigerator from the electrical receptacle.

  2. Locate the condenser coils. They are on the back of most models, but some newer units have them located underneath the appliance, behind the toe grille.

  3. Clean the coils using your vacuum cleaner. The brush and nozzle attachments generally work best for this task. Keep vacuuming until all visible dust and dirt is gone.

  4. Sweep away stubborn debris using a paint brush.

  5. Replace the toe grille (if necessary), slide your refrigerator back into its proper place, and plug it back into the outlet. That’s it!

If you run into any refrigerator problems, the experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. With over 75 years of experience in the Long Island area, don’t trust anyone else to fix your refrigerator or freezer. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. Call us today to schedule your appointment with one of our licensed technicians at 866-782-9376.

How to Get Rid of Your Refrigerator Odors

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With all of the different types of food that gets stored in our refrigerators, bad smells are bound to occur. Whether it’s long-forgotten Chinese food in the back of the fridge or a piece of meat you waited too long to cook, unpleasant odors are an inevitable part of owning a refrigerator.

If your fridge is currently stinking up your whole house, here are a few ways you can shake the stench:

  • Eliminate the source of the smell. The most obvious way to get rid of the smell in your refrigerator is by throwing away the food that is causing it. If it isn’t obvious what is to blame for the smell, you may need to conduct a full clean out. Make sure to throw expired foods in the outside garbage, otherwise your kitchen will continue to smell.

  • Store your food in airtight containers. Storing your food in airtight containers will not only keep it fresh for longer, it will also lock in the smell and prevent it from spreading to the rest of your refrigerator. Some items, such as onions and garlic, can actually transfer their flavors on to other foods if kept in open containers.

  • Keep an open box of baking soda. Baking soda can be used to clean your teeth, laundry, and even your refrigerator. A natural deodorizer, baking soda has been used for decades to absorb unpleasant odors commonly found in refrigerators. Just open a box, keep it on your top shelf, and let it do the rest.

Foul odors in your refrigerator might be caused by warm temperatures. If your appliance is running warm, the fridge-fixing experts at Speedy Subzero can help keep it cool. If you live in New York City or Long Island, call us to schedule your same-day refrigerator repair at 866-782-9376.

The Best Way To Stock Your Refrigerator

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If you need a map to find the food in your refrigerator, it may be time to reconsider your organization strategy. While simply placing your food wherever it will fit is effortless, a good stocking strategy will make your food easier to find and even help it last longer. Here is the best way to stock your refrigerator, according to the experts at Speedy Subzero.

Top Shelves

The upper shelves in your refrigerator should be reserved for leftovers, ready-to-eat foods, juice and water, and items which do not need to be cooked. Keeping leftovers at eye level will put them front and center every time you open your refrigerator door, which helps prevent them from getting forgotten about. Since the temperatures are generally warmer on the top shelves than the bottom ones, don’t keep any items here which will spoil easily.

Bottom Shelves

The lower shelves are typically the coldest spot in the fridge, so store your milk and raw meat here to keep them fresh for longer. Another reason to store raw meat on the bottom shelf is so that it won’t drip and contaminate foods beneath it.

Crisper Drawers

Most refrigerators come with two crisper drawers – one for fruits and one for vegetables. It is wise to take the hint and keep your produce separated. This is because most fruits produce a gas called ethylene as they ripen. Vegetables, on the other hand, are sensitive to this gas and it causes them to go bad faster. Reserve one of your crisper drawers for fruits, save the other one for vegetables, and make sure both are set to the proper humidity levels.

Refrigerator Door

The refrigerator door is by far the warmest area of the fridge. Every time you open your refrigerator, the items on the door are constantly exposed to the warm ambient air in your kitchen. It’s not uncommon for the temperature of these items to exceed 40°, so only keep food that is resistant to spoiling here. Examples include condiments, bottled water, and certain salad dressings.

Top Of The Fridge

Many people view the top of the refrigerator as an extra shelf in their kitchen. This is perfectly fine, as long as you use it to store the right kind of stuff. Because this area can get particularly warm, avoid keeping produce, bread, or wine here. Instead, use it to store non-food items like cookbooks, containers, and small kitchen appliances.

If your food is prematurely spoiling no matter where you store it, your refrigerator may be malfunctioning. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, call the refrigerator repair experts at Speedy Subzero at 866-782-9376.

Guidelines for Maintaining Your Refrigerator

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When it comes to your refrigerator, a little bit of maintenance goes a long way. It is your only appliance that runs around the clock, which makes it even more important to take good care of it. Here are some guidelines for maintaining the various components of your refrigerator.

Maintaining the inside

Cleaning the inside of your refrigerator is essential to prevent bad odors and bacteria growth. Follow this process every month for a clean interior:

  • Remove all food, shelves, and drawers from your refrigerator.

  • Wash the shelves and drawers with soap under warm running water.

  • Using a wet rag and a mild cleaning agent, wipe down the interior walls of the refrigerator. Remove all visible spills, stains, and sticky spots.

  • Dry everything using a clean towel.

  • Replace the shelves and drawers. Restock the fridge with your food, throwing away any expired items in the process.

Maintaining the condenser coils

The condenser coils are an afterthought for most people, but they are an important component of your refrigerator. When these coils are too dirty, there is an increased wear-and-tear on your unit and your energy bills can spike as a result. Keep your coils clean by following these steps every six months:

  • Unplug your refrigerator and slide it away from the wall.

  • Locate the condenser coils. They are on the back wall of most units, but some models may have them behind the bottom front grille.

  • Clean the condenser coils using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Go over the coils with the vacuum until all visible dust and debris is removed.

  • Plug your refrigerator in and slide it back into place .

Maintaining the gasket

The gasket, also known as the door seal, is responsible for creating an air-tight barrier between the inside of your refrigerator and the rest of your kitchen. It is usually one of the first components of a refrigerator to need replacing, which is why it is important to maintain it by following these steps:

  • Closely examine your gasket every month. Inspect it for loose edges, cracks, and spots with excessive wear. A good way to test the seal strength is by closing your refrigerator door on a dollar bill. If you can easily remove the bill or slide it up and down, the gasket needs to be replaced.

  • Clean the gasket every month using a wet rag and soap. The gasket is notorious for developing mold and mildew.

  • Every two months, apply a thin layer of Vaseline on to the gasket. This will keep it from drying out and cracking.

When residents of New York need their refrigerator repair, they trust the experts at Speedy Subzero. We guarantee one-hour service to Long Island and New York City, and our technicians are fully trained to fix any make or model of refrigerator. Our phone lines are always open, so call us any time at 866-782-9376.