Category Archives: Refrigerator Cleaning & Organization

How to Improve Your Refrigerator’s Energy Efficiency

The average refrigerator is responsible for about 8% of a household’s monthly electricity consumption. This number is already significant, and it can skyrocket if you don’t practice good habits. Here are a few quick and easy tips to help you improve the energy-efficiency of your refrigerator.

Tip #1: Vacuum your condenser coils.

Vacuuming the condenser coils is something that not many of us do, but it is the number one way to reduce your appliance’s energy consumption and extend its lifespan. The condenser coils are located on the back of the unit, and are responsible for releasing warm air. Over several months, these coils can become coated in a thick layer of dust and hair, hurting their ability to vent heat. Clean them every six months using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.

Tip #2: Routinely inspect the gasket.

The gasket is the rubber seal that runs along the edge of your refrigerator door, and it is a key factor in your unit’s energy-efficiency. Unfortunately, the gasket is usually the first component to wear out and need replacing. Every month or so, closely examine the gasket for cracks, tears, and signs of excessive wear. These can damage the air-tight seal that the gasket creates, and allow warm air to enter the refrigerator, crippling your appliance’s energy-efficiency. If your gasket is worn out, swap it out immediately – replacements are cheap and easy to install.

Tip #3: Minimize door openings.

Every time you open your refrigerator door, as much as 30% of the cold air can escape. This number is even higher when you leave the door open for extended periods of time. There are two ways to minimize refrigerator door openings: limit the number of times that you open the door, and keep it open for as short as possible. If you are preparing a meal which requires several refrigerated ingredients, take them all out of the fridge in one trip. And always do your best to avoid standing in front of an open fridge, blankly staring inside looking for something to eat (we all do it). Know what you need before you open the door, get in, and get out as quickly as possible.

Another way to reduce your refrigerator’s energy consumption is by getting it tuned up by a professional. New York’s Speedy Sub Zero will come to your home and complete a full refrigerator cleaning for only $39.95. If you live in New York City or Long Island, call us any time at 866-782-9376 to schedule your same-day appointment.

How to Keep Food Fresh During a Power Outage

For residents of New York, power outages are a year-round threat. Whether it be snow storms in the winter, hurricanes in the summer, or a downed power line, blackouts are something that you must be prepared for.

One of the biggest problems people face when the power goes out is keeping their food fresh. This is especially troublesome during multi-day blackouts, where entire refrigerators full of food can easily spoil.

Use these tips next time you are without electricity to preserve the food in your fridge:

  • Keep the door closed. Every time you open the door, up to 30% of the cold air in your refrigerator can escape. When the power is out, this cold air isn’t replenished, so only open your fridge when absolutely necessary.

  • Fill the fridge. If you know a storm is coming in advance, stock up your fridge and freezer – even if it is with gallons of water. A full refrigerator has more thermal mass, meaning it will stay cold longer.

  • Insulate the refrigerator. It might sound strange, but covering your refrigerator in blankets will actually help it keep cold. If you don’t have the blankets to spare, newspaper is a good insulator too.

  • Don’t risk it. The golden rule of food safety is, “when in doubt, throw it out.” You don’t want to risk food poisoning, so throw away any items with questionable freshness.

Speedy Subzero is a New-York based refrigerator repair service. We can fix all makes and models of refrigerators and freezers, and guarantee one-hour service to Long Island and New York City. Our phone lines are always open, so call us any time at 866-782-9376.

5 Tips For A More Organized Fridge

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Do you need a map to find the foods inside of your refrigerator? Don’t feel bad. Most of us don’t have a real organization system when it comes to stocking the fridge, we just stuff our food wherever it will fit. But, there is a better way.

Follow these five tips for a neater, more organized refrigerator.

  1. Maximize vertical space. Use stackable storage containers to help you maximize the vertical space in your refrigerator. You should also invest in a hard plastic egg container which allows you to stack items on top of your otherwise fragile eggs.

  1. Keep leftovers front and center. It happens to the best of us – sometimes our leftover food, no matter how delicious it is, vanishes into the depths of our refrigerator and doesn’t resurface for months. Prevent wasted food by keeping your leftovers at the front and center of your most eye-level shelf.

  1. Take advantage of adjustable shelves. Most refrigerators come with adjustable shelves and drawers which allow you to rearrange them based on your storage needs. Most families buy the same products in the same packaging every week, so taking the time to rearrange your shelves now can save you time in the future.

  1. Have a plan. Did you know where you keep your food can impact how long it stays fresh? Keep your milk and raw meats on the bottom shelf, and save space on the door for items resistant to spoiling; such as bottled water, salad dressing, and various condiments.

  1. Clean your refrigerator once per month. Keeping a clean refrigerator is an ongoing process, not a one-time effort. Clean your refrigerator every month by emptying it, throwing out all expired food, wiping it down, and restocking.

Have you noticed that your refrigerator is making loud noises, leaking, or failing to keep cold? Call the repair experts at Speedy Subzero! Long Island residents have depended on us to fix their refrigerators, freezers, and ice makers for more than 75 years. If you live in Nassau County, Suffolk County, or New York City, give us a call to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

How to Clean Your Stainless Steel Refrigerator

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If you have a stainless steel refrigerator, you are proud to call it the centerpiece of your kitchen. When freshly cleaned, a stainless steel surface is aesthetically pleasing for all, but one covered in fingerprints and smudges is nothing more than an eyesore.

Luckily for you, cleaning your stainless steel refrigerator doesn’t have to be a long, complicated process. Just follow these steps!

What you will need

First things first: you need to gather your supplies. Fortunately, it doesn’t take any hi-tech supplies or fancy cleaning products to restore the shine of your stainless steel refrigerator. All you need is:

  • 3 microfiber cloths

  • An empty spray bottle

  • Dish detergent

  • Olive Oil

How to clean a stainless steel surface

Once you have your supplies in hand, just follow these five steps:

  1. In the spray bottle, combine a little bit of your dish detergent with warm water.

  1. Identify the direction of the grain. Like wood, stainless steel has faint striations that run left-to-right or up-and-down. Look closely at your refrigerator door to determine which way the grain runs on your appliance.

  1. Spray the stainless steel surface with your cleaning solution and use a microfiber cloth to wipe in the direction of the grain. This is a key part of getting the stainless steel fully clean.

  1. Once you have wiped down your whole refrigerator, use a second microfiber cloth to completely dry it. Avoid using paper towels, which leave behind linty streaks.

  1. Polish it for extra shine. Apply a few drops of olive oil on your third microfiber cloth and spread the oil around until it covers the entire surface. Then, buff the oil by applying pressure and moving the cloth in small, circular motions. Remove excess oil with a dry cloth.

No matter how sparkling clean and beautiful your stainless steel refrigerator is, it’s useless if it can’t keep your food cold. If you live on Long Island and are experiencing problems with your refrigerator, call the repair experts at Speedy Subzero at 866-782-9376.

How to Best Use the Space Above Your Refrigerator

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Unless you have a refrigerator which is built into your kitchen cabinetry, you probably have some extra storage space which you are overlooking and under-utilizing: the top of the fridge. Either most people don’t think to use it as an extra shelf, or they are using it to store the wrong items.

Here are some things you should and should not keep on top of your refrigerator.

What to store on top of your fridge

  • Cookbooks. Got a collection of old cookbooks and recipes that you can’t find a place for? The top of the refrigerator keeps them neat, organized, and right in front of you.

  • Small appliances. If you have a crock pot, blender, toaster, or other small kitchen appliances, consider keeping them atop your refrigerator for quick and easy access.

  • Serving bowls. Put your best-looking serveware on display for your guests to see. The convenient location not only improves the functionality of your kitchen, but your stylish bowls and platters double as decorations when not in use.

What NOT to store on top of your fridge

In order for your refrigerator to maintain a consistently cool temperature, it works to remove heat from the interior. This heat is released to the outside via the condenser coils in the back of the unit. The warm air rises upwards, often gathering right around the top of the fridge. These warm temperatures can quickly spoil some of your food items such as:

  • Bread

  • Wine

  • Produce

Speedy Subzero Repair is a Long Island-based refrigerator repair business which serves Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. We keep our trucks fully-stocked with spare parts and tools, allowing us to provide speedy service and in-home repairs on all makes, models, and styles of refrigerators. Our phone lines are always open, so call us anytime at 866-782-9376.