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!
Do you notice that every time you open up your refrigerator, you see condensation covering the ceiling, shelves, crisper, and containers inside? Excessive condensation can be frustrating, especially when you’re not sure where it’s coming from. Condensation occurs when warm, humid air comes in contact with a cold surface. As the warm air cools, it releases moisture in the form of water droplets. Experiencing some is fine, but when your refrigerator is constantly a wet mess, you could have a problem: Here are some reasons for condensation in your fridge:
Faulty Gasket: This is the most likely reason for extra condensation in your fridge. The rubber seal around your door is responsible for keeping out warm air, but have a tendency to wear out quickly due to frequent use. A good test to check is to close your refrigerator door with a piece of paper inside. If you can pull that paper out with no problem, it’s time for a new gasket.
Clogged Drain Pipe: Having a clogged drain pipe doesn’t mean that you will necessarily experience condensation in your fridge, but can certainly lead to a pool of water forming at the bottom of your unit. If the pipe is clogged by ice, you can melt it with a hair dryer for quick relief. If it is clogged by something else, try using a straw to dislodge the item, or give your local professionals a call.
Hot Food: Food that is still hot and then goes straight into your fridge can be a cause of experiencing extra water droplets all over your refrigerator. Placing food in the fridge without giving it a chance to cool down first also raises your refrigerator’s temperature, making it work harder to keep cooler. This can not only put a strain on your unit, but can increase your energy bills as well.
If you’re experiencing excessive condensation in your refrigerator, give the experts at 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 any time at 866-782-9376 and we will be at your door in one hour, guaranteed!
Living with a refrigerator door that keeps opening is really frustrating. Not only is your food at risk for spoiling, but you’re also throwing away tons of money on wasted energy. When you notice your door not staying closed, there are some things you can do to try to fix this pesky problem. Here are ways to keep your refrigerator door shut, and keep your delicious foods cold:
Make Sure There’s No Blockage: This should be common sense, but the first order of business when troubleshooting an open fridge door is to make sure that there are no crisper drawers slightly open, or anything preventing your door from fully closing.
Check The Gasket: Since your gasket is the rubber piece that acts as a buffer between your door and the frame, it’s very likely that something there could be preventing your door from sealing shut. Every day dirt, grease and debris can get caught in the gasket, so make sure that it is clean and in tact. Run a soft cloth or sponge full of soap and water along the edges, dry fully and see if that does the trick! If your gasket is loose and coming off, you may need to replace it. A good test to determine the condition of your gasket is to place a thin piece of paper between your door and the gasket–pull the paper out and notice the level of ease. If the paper comes out with no problem, it sounds like it’s time for a new gasket!
Inspect For Uneven Surfaces: If your door still won’t close, it could be due to uneven floors or the fact that your fridge lost its balance. Break out a level to determine any uneven areas that could potentially be causing this problem. If you do notice that an area by the feet of your unit is off, you might need an extra hand to replace it. Turn to your trusted professionals to help diagnose and fix any of your refrigerator issues!
Are you suffering from a faulty refrigerator door that just won’t stay closed? Don’t let your food go bad or your money go to waste! 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 any time 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.
Do you often find yourself sipping a glass of wine on the regular? Would you consider yourself a wine connoisseur? While some people think that their standard refrigerator would be just fine when storing their wine, if you enjoy a glass of red or white with dinner or just to relax, investing in a wine fridge may be a smart idea. Ask yourself these questions before you buy:
Is It Really Necessary?
If your wine collection consists of at least 20-30 bottles, you might want to consider storing them in a wine fridge. Bottles that you’re hoping to keep over time to age would also benefit from proper wine refrigeration. It’s very important to maintain consistent temperature in your home or apartment if you have multiple bottles of wine. If you live in a climate that fluctuates from being very cold to very hot, it’s time to invest in a wine fridge!
What Are The Benefits?
Some wines can be very fragile, and are extremely sensitive to temperature, light and humidity. Storing them in a cool, dark place, like a wine fridge will ensure that they last and remain at their optimal taste potential. Wines refrigerators should be kept at 55 to 60 °F and should avoid being in view of bright light and exposure to heat. Keeping your wines in an overheated apartment for 2- 3 weeks will dry out the flavor, while storing them in your regular refrigerator will be too cold and not humid enough.
What Factors Are Involved ?
Choosing a wine refrigerator comes with lots of options. Here are some factors to consider before deciding on one:
- Size & Space: Think about not only your current collection, but if you will be expanding it in the future.
- Noise Level: Choose a space where the noise won’t bother you, or for small apartments, opt for a low-noise compact model.
- Humidity Control: Extend the life of your wine, by purchasing a fridge that offers humidity control. Keeping the levels above 50%, yet below 70% will ensure their longevity.
- Temperature Options: Some wine refrigerators come with two separate temperature zones, however have been known to break down more easily.
If you do find yourself with one of the wine refrigerator models that are in need of a repair, turn to the experts at Speedy Subzero! Serving Long Island and New York City for more than 75 years, there is no make or model of refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, or wine cooler that we can’t fix. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County and Suffolk County. Call us today at 866-782-9376 to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed technicians.