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Refrigerator Maintenance Checklist

Nowadays,
brand new refrigerators have an average lifespan of 12-15 years.
However, this number can be severely shortened if you fail to take
proper care of it. Refrigerators are one of the only appliances that
run around-the-clock, which is why a preventative maintenance routine
is so important.
Keep
your refrigerator running for years to come by following this simple
refrigerator maintenance checklist:

Every month – Clean the
interior.

Cleaning
your refrigerator every month will keep it looking and smelling like
new. Every four to five weeks, empty your fridge of all its contents,
wash the removable shelves and drawers, and wipe the interior clean
to prevent unpleasant odors and mold. Throw away any food which has
expired and restock.

Every two months –
Clean, lubricate, and test door gasket.

The
gasket is the rubber seal that runs around the perimeter of your
refrigerator door. Every other month, you should wipe it with a
nonabrasive sponge and mild dish detergent to keep it clean and
mold-free. Applying a thin layer of Vaseline on it will prevent it
from drying out and cracking, which can cause your refrigerator to
lose cold air even when the door is closed.

Every six months –
Vacuum the condenser coils.

The
condenser coils are located on the back of your refrigerator. Over
time they can become coated with dust and hair, which interferes with
their ability to release heat. Clean these twice per year using the
brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.

Every year – Have your
refrigerator serviced.

There
are some things that should be left to the pros – and tuning up
your refrigerator is definitely one of those things. During an annual
servicing, a trained technician should lubricate your compressor,
test your freon levels, and inspect individual components for signs
of potential future breakdowns.
Here
are some other useful tips to keep in mind on a day-to-day basis:
  • Keep
    your refrigerator well-stocked, this will help it retain its
    temperature when the door is opened.
  • Minimizing
    the number of times you open your refrigerator door will reduce
    wear-and-tear on your compressor and save you electricity.
  • Proper
    ventilation is key for long-term health, make sure your refrigerator
    has at least six inches of space on all sides between walls,
    cabinets, etc.
Do you
live in New York and need your refrigerator serviced or repaired? The
refrigeration experts at Speedy Subzero have been fixing
refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers across Long Island and New
York City for over 75 years. Call us now to schedule your same day
appointment at 866-782-9376.

Why You Should NOT Have a Second Refrigerator

You get
home from your weekly trip to the grocery store, and as you’re
unloading your groceries, you realize that you’ve run out of room in
the refrigerator. So what do you do? You collect all the beer, walk
down to the basement, and put it in your second fridge to make room.
After all, that’s what your second refrigerator is for, isn’t it?
If this
scene, or something similar, sounds familiar to you, you should
reconsider your choices according to the Washington Post. In a recent
article, they recommend not having a second refrigerator in your
home, and they go into great detail discussing why.
You can
read the full article here, but here are some of the highlights that
they point out:
  • Having
    a second refrigerator adds to your total household energy
    consumption, which is bad for the environment.
  • Second
    refrigerators tend to be old. In fact, almost 15% of homes have a
    second refrigerator that is at least 20 years old. These old,
    inefficient models are major energy hogs.
  • Refrigerators
    manufactured today can save you over $200 per year in operating
    costs when compared to ones manufactured in 1978.
  • Most
    second refrigerators are placed in the basement or the garage, where
    they will have to battle the elements to keep cold. This can be
    particularly troubling during the summer, where the compressor will
    be forced to work almost nonstop.
  • By
    turning your old refrigerator into your second fridge, you are
    nullifying the energy savings gained by buying a more
    energy-efficient model. By running both refrigerators, you are
    actually increasing your carbon footprint, not reducing it.
Is your
current refrigerator leaking, making loud noises, or failing to keep
a consistently cold temperature? Before giving up on it, call the
refrigeration experts at Speedy Subzero. Residents across Long Island
and New York City have trusted us for over 75 years to repair their
refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, and wine coolers. Call us to
schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

Where You Should Put Your Refrigerator

If you
looked at the title of this article and said to yourself, “in the
kitchen, duh,” then you are mostly correct – however, there is a
little bit more to it than that. While your refrigerator will serve
its purpose just about anywhere you put it in the kitchen, there are
some ways to maximize its efficiency; more specifically its
energy-efficiency.
Did you
know that the refrigerator can account for 10% of your monthly
electric bill? There are several ways you can reduce this number,
such as opening the door less or vacuuming your condenser coils, but
the location of the appliance can also play a large role.
If you
are redesigning your kitchen, or simply have some free space to work
with, follow these tips to place your refrigerator in the most
energy-efficient spot possible:
  • Place your
    refrigerator against an exterior wall.
    Unless
    you live in a climate where it is hot year-round. The reason for
    this is that exterior walls tend to be cooler than interior walls
    because they are exposed to the outdoor temperature.
  • Keep your
    refrigerator away from your stove.
    Your
    refrigerator should always be as far away from heat-generating
    appliances (mainly your stove) as possible. When you are cooking
    something in the oven, the radiant heat can affect your refrigerator
    and make it work harder to keep cool.
  • Keep your
    refrigerator out of direct sunlight.
    You
    should keep your refrigerator out of direct sunlight for the same
    reason you keep it away from the stove. If the refrigerator is
    absorbing the sun’s rays all day long, it will begin to warm up,
    causing the compressor to work harder to maintain your desired
    temperature.
Following
these tips will help keep your refrigerator colder while using less
energy. If you are still experiencing inconsistent or high
temperatures in your fridge, there may be a mechanical issue. If you
live in Long Island or New York City, call Speedy Subzero Repair at
866-782-9376. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau and Suffolk
counties and can fix any make or model of refrigerator.

Refrigerator Storage Time Chart

At
Speedy Subzero, we take safety very seriously – especially in the
kitchen. While you may think that the biggest hazards come in the
form of hot pans and sharp knives, the real danger lies within the
food that you eat.
Foodborne
illness is a real thing, and it’s more prevalent than you would
think. According to the Center for Disease Control:
  • 48
    million Americans get sick from the food they eat.
  • 128,000
    of them are hospitalized.
  • 3,000
    people die of foodborne diseases.
These
numbers are yearly averages!
One of
the biggest reasons that this many people get sick from their food
every year is because they unknowingly eat food which has expired.
Not everyone is aware of how long certain foods last, which is why
Thrillist has created this chart. Take a look to see how long
different foods last when stored in the pantry, refrigerator, and
freezer.
To
learn how long fruits and vegetables last, click here to check out
Thrillist’s website!
All of
these storage times are under the assumption that your refrigerator
is at a safe operating temperature: between 34-39° F. If your
refrigerator is warmer than 40°, your food may only last a couple of
hours. If your refrigerator is failing to keep a cold temperature,
give the refrigeration experts at Speedy Subzero a call! We offer
one-hour service to Long Island and New York, so call us today at
1-866-782-9376.

Homemade Cleaner for Your Refrigerator

Keeping
your refrigerator clean and organized doesn’t have to take a long
time, and you don’t need any fancy products to do it. In fact, many
commercial cleaners contain non-FDA-approved chemicals which are
harmful to the health of you and your family – even the ones that
say “all natural”!
If you
are looking for a quick, easy, and organic way to keep your
refrigerator neat and free from odors and bacteria, just follow these
steps:
  1. Mix
    the following in a spray bottle:
    • 2
      cups hot water
    • 1
      cup white vinegar
    • 10
      drops of your favorite essential oil
  1. Turn
    the refrigerator off, or turn the temperature all the way up. This
    will help you save energy during the process.
  1. Take
    out everything from the inside of the refrigerator. This includes
    your food and drinks as well as any removable shelves and drawers.
  1. Clean
    the shelves and drawers with dish soap and warm water under the
    sink. Lay out to dry.
  1. Using
    the homemade spray, clean the interior of your refrigerator with a
    sponge or a cloth until all visible stains and mildew are gone.
    Don’t forget the back wall, ceiling, and inside of the door.
  1. Dry
    the inside of your refrigerator with a clean towel. Dry and replace
    the shelves and drawers. Turn the temperature back down or plug the
    refrigerator in.
  1. Filter
    through your food, throwing away that which has expired. Now,
    organize it and restock your fridge following these guidelines.
In the
time it took you to watch half of your favorite television show, you
have successfully cleaned and organized your refrigerator! If you are
cleaning your unit and notice it is making loud noises, leaking, or
malfunctioning in any other way, give the experts at Speedy Subzero a
call at 866-782-9376. We serve all of Long Island and New York City
and can repair your fridge on the day you call, regardless of the
make or model!