Most new refrigerators and freezers come with an auto-defrost feature, but there are still older models in many of our homes without this added luxury. Manually defrosting your appliance from time to time can help prevent freezer burn, and even add extra storage space if there is a thick buildup of frost.
Here is how to manually defrost your refrigerator or freezer:
Unplug the unit. This will help save energy during the process.
Remove everything from the interior. Store items in a cooler with ice or in your second refrigerator (if you have one).
Surround your appliance with towels. As the frost melts from the inside of your refrigerator, water can begin to puddle on your kitchen floor.
Keep the refrigerator/freezer door open. This will allow warm air to enter, and slowly heat up the ice until it melts. This will take at least a few hours, you may want to do it overnight. You can speed up the process by using a hair dryer if you desire.
Once the ice has melted, clean and dry the interior. Thoroughly wipe down the inside walls and shelves using a soapy rag, and fully dry with a clean towel in order to prevent mold.
Restock your refrigerated and frozen items. To help keep your food fresh for as long as possible, stock it in accordance with this organization chart.
Are you experiencing problems with your refrigerator or freezer? Whether the auto-defrost feature is not working, or the freezer is not cold enough to make frost in the first place, the refrigeration experts at Speedy Subzero can help. We serve all of New York City and Long Island, so give us a call today at 866-782-9376.
Turkey Day is almost here, and if you have been selected to host your family gathering, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Relax your mind by planning ahead and using these tips to make sure that your refrigerator is as prepared as you are.
Clean it out.
Nothing is more unwelcoming than a dirty refrigerator, so make sure to give yours a thorough cleaning before the big day. Remove all food from the refrigerator and throw away everything that has expired. Next, wipe down the entire interior using a soapy rag, dry it, and replace your food. It should look as good as new!
Rearrange the shelving.
Some Thanksgiving foods (we are looking at you, 20-pound turkey) can come in very large and unorthodox shapes which may not be able to fit in your refrigerator. Make room for these oddly-shaped items by rearranging the shelves in your fridge – just slide them out and slide them back into a different slot. Mix and match until all of your food can easily fit!
Invest in a cooler.
Do you really want your family and friends opening and closing your refrigerator door all day, wasting all that cold air and energy? Do yourself and the environment a favor by placing your beverages in a cooler – this will help save electricity, limit traffic in the kitchen, and save room in your refrigerator for all that leftover turkey.
What do you do if you run into an emergency and your refrigerator stops working? Just call the experts at Speedy Subzero, we are open 24/7/365 – even on Thanksgiving. We guarantee one-hour service to all of Long Island and New York City, call us any time to schedule your appointment at 866-782-9376.
When you think of mold, you probably picture some moss growing on the side of a tree, but the truth is that mold can spread to virtually anywhere moisture is present – indoors or out. In fact, it’s pretty common to find mold growing in your basement, bathroom, and even your refrigerator.
When mold or mildew is growing inside of your fridge, it can contaminate your food. Exposure to mold can cause symptoms such as asthma attacks, sinusitis, and respiratory problems. For the safety of yourself and your family, you should immediately remove mold if you spot it in your refrigerator.
Remove everything from your refrigerator. Throw away all foods that have expired, come in contact with the mold, and any uncovered foods near the mold. Foods stored in airtight containers that weren’t directly affected are safe to keep.
Remove the shelves and drawers from your refrigerator and place them in your bathtub. Fill the tub with warm water and mix in 1 cup of baking soda. Allow these pieces to soak while you clean the refrigerator.
Combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda (a natural, EPA-approved fungicide) with a quart of warm water in a bowl.
Submerge a wash cloth in the cleaning solution, wring it out, and begin wiping down the interior of your refrigerator. Make sure to get every square inch – the ceiling, back wall, sides, door shelves, gasket, etc. You can use a toothbrush for the hard-to-reach corners. Repeat until all visible traces of mold and mildew are gone.
Empty the baking soda solution and refill the bowl with warm water only. Using a new wash cloth, once again wipe down the inside of the refrigerator. Make sure to repeatedly dip the wash cloth in the water – this effectively rinses the baking soda solution from your refrigerator’s interior.
Empty your bath tub, rinse the drawers and shelves under warm water, and dry them. Dry the interior of your refrigerator and replace everything. Keep an open box of baking soda on the top shelf for the next week or two to help eliminate any remaining odors.
Refrigerator problems such as mold growth can be taken care of at home, but mechanical failures are an entirely different issue. If your refrigerator is making loud noises, leaking, or failing to keep cold, call the experts at Speedy Subzero. We can fix any make or model of refrigerator and we guarantee one-hour service to Long Island and New York City. Our phone lines are always open, so call 866-782-9376 any time to schedule your appointment with one of our certified technicians.