Refrigerator FAQs

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Here are some of the most
frequently-asked questions regarding refrigerators, and expert answers to all of them from the professionals at Speedy Subzero.

How cold should my
refrigerator be?

We all know that refrigerators have one purpose: to keep your food
cold. But how cold is cold enough? The experts at Speedy Subzero
recommend keeping your refrigerator between 34-38° Fahrenheit. Water
freezes at 32 degrees, and bacteria growth rates spike at 40. The
34-38° range is ideal to keep your food just cold enough and minimize

What does
“auto-defrost” mean?

If you have been appliance shopping recently, you have probably
noticed the word “auto-defrosting” appear on several labels.
There are two types of refrigerators: auto-defrosting and
manual-defrosting. As ice builds up on the inside of your freezer,
you will need to unplug your refrigerator in order to “defrost”
it in order to prevent the frost from taking up too much room and ruining your
energy efficiency. Auto-defrosting models do this for you by automatically heating
up the interior walls just enough to melt the ice, which drains down
a pipe and ends up in the drip pan where it evaporates.

Does my refrigerator
need any routine maintenance?

Yes, refrigerators can last fifteen years or more, but only if they
are properly maintained. Good practices include vacuuming the
condenser coils, lubricating the gasket, and keeping the interior
clean of spills and stains. Click here for a comprehensive maintenance checklist.

How do I properly
dispose of my old refrigerator?

Because of its harmful effects on the environment, you can’t bring a
refrigerator to your local landfill without first removing the
refrigerant. Only a licensed professional can do this, so look up
local services in your area. Many places will pick up your
refrigerator from your house and handle the entire disposal process
for a small free.

My refrigerator is
leaking, making loud noises, not staying cold etc. What is wrong with

While most people think of their refrigerator as nothing more than a
giant box of ice, it is actually a complex machine which requires
many individual components to work together in order to get the job
done. If your refrigerator is malfunctioning, there is no way to be entirely
sure what is causing the issue – you will have to contact a local
repair service.
If you are looking for an appliance repair service on Long Island,
look no further than Speedy Subzero! Our licensed professionals have
more than 75 years of experience repairing refrigerators, freezers,
ice makers, and wine coolers. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau
County, Suffolk County, and New York City, so call us today at

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