Moving to a new living space can come with an array of frustrations, and dealing with heavy appliances will likely being your biggest obstacle to overcome. Refrigerators can be especially difficult to move based on their sheer size and weight. If you’re looking to move and don’t have the help of a professional moving company, fear not! We’re here to help. Here are some tips on how to properly move your most used (and largest!) home appliance:
- Remove all items: Remove everything from the inside of your refrigerator and freezer, including all food and contents of the unit. Don’t forget exterior items like magnets and notices as well!
- Defrost: After everything has been removed, unplug it from the wall and allow all of the ice in the freezer to melt. A good time to do this would be overnight, as it can take hours. Make sure to tape the power cord to the side of the unit to avoid tripping during the moving process.
- Clean it: Now that your refrigerator has been defrosted, dry the inside thoroughly with a towel. Once it’s dry, make sure to wipe it down with a cleaner to prevent mold, mildew and odors forming during the move.
- Secure the doors: Use bungee cords or rope to secure the doors and make sure they don’t move during the process. Its very important not to skip this step to avoid any injury from occurring.
- Load it onto a dolly: Slide the dolly right underneath the base and make sure the back of the dolly is firmly pressed against the refrigerator– then, tie it in place with moving straps.
- Load it onto the truck: Once the refrigerator is securely positioned on the dolly, tip it back and begin making your way to the truck with one person in back and one person in front helping to guide the process. Always move forward, or opposite the position that the refrigerator is tilted, to maintain optimal safety. It is important that the refrigerator stays upright so that oil from the compressor does not mix with the coolant.
- Unload it: Use the same steps you took to get your refrigerator onto the truck, to unload it. Plug it in immediately and give it at least a full 24 hours to cool to a sufficient temperature before putting any perishable food in it. Enjoy your new home and give yourself a high five, because this was no easy feat!
Now that your in your new house and can use your refrigerator, keep an eye out for an problems or signs that a repair is necessary. Should you run into any trouble let the experts at Speedy Subzero help! We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. To schedule your appointment with one of our licensed technicians, give us a call at 866-782-9376 today!
It’s already back to school time for college kids! One of the first things that your child is probably thinking about is how they are going to set up their dorm room. While a flat screen TV and a surround sound stereo system might not seem like the most practical things to send your child off to school with, a mini-fridge is certainly a great investment. Here are five reasons why your child should have a mini-fridge in their dorm:
- Save money or dining points: Stocking a fridge full of groceries means your child can buy food that they want and not have to settle for the options in the dining hall. They’ll save money by making food in their dorm instead of going out to costly restaurants for every meal.
- Stay healthy: If your child is conscious about organic or allergy friendly foods, keeping a mini-fridge on hand will be easier for them to maintain their health and stay on track with their eating. They can stock up healthy juices, fruits and veggies, where these options will help them avoid binging on pizza and fast food.
- Convenience: Chances are, no dining halls or cafeterias are open 24/7 on a college campus. A mini-fridge will provide food access on demand when you’re hungry at all hours.
- Stock up on drinks: College often means late nights studying and early mornings for classes. Stocking a fridge with iced coffee or energy drinks will help give your child the jolt they need in the morning to ace those exams!
- Keep leftovers fresh: If your child does like to go out occasionally to the dining hall or a restaurant with friends, having a mini-fridge on hand is a great way to ensure they can bring home leftovers and keep them fresh until they go in for round two. This is another great way to save money as their fridge ensures they get an extra meal for the price of one.
Is your child heading off to college? Help them set up their dorm room and invest in a mini fridge. For all of your refrigerator repairs, Give Speedy Sub Zero a call! We have been repairing refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, and wine coolers for more than 75 years, and we offer same-day appointments in the comfort of your own home. If you live on Long Island, call us at 866-782-9376 and we will be at your door in one hour, guaranteed!
You may not realize it, but your refrigerator could be draining energy and raising your utility bills. But fear not–there are simple things you could be doing to conserve energy and save money. These small changes can add up in a big way:
Adjust the refrigerator settings: Keep your fridge between 37 and 40°F and your freezer at 0 to 5°F. Make sure not to keep your fridge on unreasonably low temperature settings to avoid putting a strain on your unit.
Minimize opening the door as much as possible: Cool air escapes every time the refrigerator door is opened. The unit then works harder to replace the air. Keep the door open no longer than necessary, close the door completely and make sure that your seal is tight.
Keep the fridge full: A full refrigerator retains cold temperatures better than an empty one. If the fridge is empty, storing water-filled containers inside will help your unit recover quickly after the door has been opened.
Move your refrigerator away from heat sources: Keeping your fridge a good distance away from hot areas such as an oven, dishwasher and direct sunlight can result in a 20% lower energy consumption.
A broken refrigerator can also consume much more energy than one which is operating properly. If you suspect your refrigerator is malfunctioning, Speedy Subzero can repair it for a fraction of the cost of a new model. We serve Long Island, New York City, Connecticut, and New Jersey, and same-day service is available – call us any time at 866-782-9376 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.
Summer, summer, summer time–the best time for barbecues and picnics. While eating outside can be way more fun than sitting at your kitchen table, there are some extra precautions necessary to take when it comes to food safety. To avoid the risk of heat-related food illnesses, such as the spread of bacteria in the hot conditions, here are some precautions you should take:
Keep it cold: Make sure the fridge temperature is below 5 °C and keep your freezer at minus 15 °C to minus 18 °C. If you’re traveling with your food to a picnic or the beach, be sure to fill your cooler with lots of ice packs to keep things fresh.
Skip the detours: After trips to the supermarket, make sure to get home quickly with any chilled, frozen or even hot foods. You’ll want to minimize the time that they are left out of the fridge or proper conditions.
Keep your raw food separate: Bacteria from raw food could possibly contaminate yourcooked meals, so make sure to keep them away from each other. To reduce the risk of food poisoning, use separate cutting boards and utensils as well and make sure ti thoroughly wash your hands after touching raw meat.
Store leftovers safely: Store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within three to five days. If you don’t plan to eat them within this time, freeze them, or consider tossing them out. Food that has been in the fridge for too long, or food that has been left out of the fridge for upwards of four hours should always be thrown away. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Your refrigerator will only preserve your food if it is at the right temperature. The ideal temperature range for a refrigerator is between 34-38° F. Keep a thermometer in your refrigerator to make sure the temperature does not climb above this number; bacteria growth rates spike at around 40. Is your refrigerator failing to keep a cold, consistent temperature? The experts at Speedy Subzero Repair can get you up-and-running in no time. If you are looking for a fast, dependable refrigerator repair service in Long Island or New York City, call us at 866-782-9376.
Refrigerators are one of the most used appliances in any house. But if you think you can only use your freezer to store ice packs or stash some frozen veggies, think again! Here are some unexpected ways you can use your freezer to make your life a little easier:
Reopen a sealed envelope: Yup, you heard right. Have you ever signed and sealed an envelope, only to realize it wasn’t fully ready to be delivered? To open a sealed envelope without ripping it apart, place it in a plastic bag and freeze for two hours. Take it out and
voilà, you can open it easily with a letter opener or a knife!
Extend the life of your candle: Place your candle in the freezer for a day before burning to help it last nearly twice as long. The chilled wax takes longer to burn and may also help prevent dripping.
Clean your jeans: There are few things more nerve- wracking than throwing your perfectly fitting jeans in the washer. But we have to wash our jeans at some point, right? Place the jeans in a canvas bag and freeze overnight. Low temperatures kill bacteria from skin cells that cause odor.
Unstick your plastic wrap: If a sheet of plastic wrap keeps sticking to itself, place it in the freezer for only a few minutes and watch it uncling before your very eyes. The chill will prevent the wrap from bunching up, making it much easier to use.
Keep your pantyhose longer: How many times have you gone to put on a pair of pantyhose in your drawer only to find that they’re totally stretched out? Keep the fibers tight, prevent runs and extend their lifespan by keeping them in the–you guessed it– freezer! Wet a new pair of pantyhose, wring them out, place them in a plastic bag and then store them in the freezer overnight.
Looking to try out some of these freezer tricks? Make sure your freezer is set at 0°F. If your freezer is failing to maintain a consistently cold temperature, the repair experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. If you live in the area and need your refrigerator or freezer fixed quickly, give us a call at 866-782-9376.