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The Refrigerator Dictionary

When deciding on purchasing a refrigerator, or simply understanding how your current one works, we know that there are a variety of terms that you may not be familiar with. So the experts at Speedy Sub Zero decided to put together a little glossary of commonly used fridge features to help give you some info on your most used home appliance:

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Compressor: This is the heart of your refrigeration system. The compressor compresses low pressure gas into high pressured gas to adjust its temperature. Once this process is complete, it moves into the condenser for the next step of the process.

Condenser: This is where all the magic happens. This part of your fridge condenses that gas from the compressor into a liquid refrigerant that helps keep your refrigerator cold.

Gasket: If your fridge door is closing properly, your gasket may be to blame!  This is the rubber lining that works it’s way around the door of your refrigerator, locking in cool air to keep your items safe for eating.

Drain Pan: Your drain pan is located next to your compressor and has a very important job. It collects all of the excess water that is left over after the defrost cycle so you don’t wind up with a leaky mess on your floor.

Energy Rating: Energy Star rates your unit on a scale from A-G based on how well it operates in normal conditions. The higher the rating, the less energy is consumed.  This is important to not only reduce energy, but also reduce your utility bills as well.

Evaporator : An evaporator fan draws air from the refrigerator and blows it over the evaporator coils. The liquid refrigerant absorbs heat from the air and the air blows back into the refrigerator at a lower temperature, cooling the refrigerator.

Of course, if you still have questions regarding the components of your fridge, or something’s not working properly, call the experts at Speedy Subzero. We are open 24/7/365 – even on Thanksgiving, and  guarantee one-hour service to all of Long Island and New York City. Give us a call to schedule your appointment at 866-782-9376.

How To Properly Store Pie

We have officially entered pie season–the most delicious season of them all! And with lots of holiday events coming up, comes a greater chance at having delicious leftovers (score!). From pumpkin to apple and everything in between, all pies should be handled differently when it comes to storing them. Make sure to follow these pie storing tips to ensure you can indulge in these delicious treats the safe way:

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Fruit Pies:
Apple, blueberry and cherry too–All of your pies with fruit fillings can remain covered and stored at room temperature for up to two days after they’re baked. After that, it’s important to keep them in the fridge for another two days of storage. If they’re still lingering after the four day mark, it’s best to toss them! Not going to finish that pie in four days? No problem–fruit pies are one of the few types that actually freeze well. Place them uncovered in the freezer until frozen solid, then wrap in plastic wrap or foil and place back in the freezer for up to four months. When you’re ready to chow down, thaw them at room temperature for one hour and then reheat at 375°F for about 30 minutes.

Pumpkin & Pecan:
Since pumpkin and pecan pie contain eggs in their filling, these must always be kept in the refrigerator. If you’re trying to get a head start on the pie prep, you can prepare them during the week and store the pie in the refrigerator for up to four days before serving. Make sure to wrap the pie in aluminum foil and ensure that your fridge is set to 38°F to avoid the risk of any illnesses.

Cream, Mousse & Custard Pies
These fan favorites are usually a staple at the holiday dessert table.  While they don’t freeze well, you can keep them covered in the fridge for up to four days. You should hold off on topping them with whipped cream until you’re ready to serve to ensure the ultimate level of freshness (and deliciousness).

You can’t enjoy these tasty holiday pies if your refrigerator isn’t in working order. If your fridge isn’t working properly, call the experts at Speedy Sub Zero! We’ve been repairing refrigerators and freezers in the tri-state area for over 75 years! No matter the make or model, our licensed technicians have the experience to get the job done, call us anytime to schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

Why You Should Recycle Your Fridge

You decided it’s finally time to remove that old clunky refrigerator that’s been taking up space in your basement for so long! So what do you do? Do not throw it away! You heard right– make sure you do NOT throw it away! Old appliances contain materials which are harmful to the environment, so recycling them is the only way to properly dispose of them. Here’s some other reasons why recycling your fridge is the way to go:


It’s Eco-Friendly:

Recycling helps the environment immensely, and recycling your large refrigerator is no different. The refrigerants used in older units are classified as greenhouse gas, and should be kept out of the environment whenever possible to avoid doing damage.

Get Money Back:

Often times, rebates are available as an incentive for recycling your old refrigerators and freezers. In some states, you can also earn additional money for recycling your appliance, and as an added bonus, they will usually pick it up from your house and haul it away for free!

It’s the Law:

Since old refrigerators are defined as hazardous waste, improperly disposing of them is a punishable offense in the court of law. If you can’t haul the entire unit off completely, make sure the freon is removed from the condenser coil by a licensed technician.

Looking to recycle an old refrigerator in your area?  This guide will help you learn how to properly do so!

Is your refrigerator malfunctioning? Don’t throw it away just yet! Speedy Subzero Repairs may be able to fix it for a fraction of the cost of a new model. We have been serving the residents of Long Island and New York City for more than 75 years, providing one-hour service for all refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, and wine cooler repair needs. Visit our website for more information or call us at 866-782-9376.


How To Choose The Best Refrigerator For Your Home

If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, shopping can be really overwhelming due to all of the new options. Not only are there multiple options when it comes to color and capacity, but you’ll also need to make decisions regarding everything from finish and shelf configuration to touch screens. This guide will help you narrow down your choices to choose the best unit for your home:

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Determine the Size:

For many homeowners, space is at the top of their refrigerator wish list. Depending on the size of your family, how much you entertain and how much you eat at home, the capacity you’ll  need will vary. Once you determine the unit size to best suit the needs of your family, make sure it will actually fit in your kitchen, including having enough space to open your doors and pull out your drawers.

Exterior appearance:
If you’re looking for a sleek finish, consider stainless steel. If a light and airy feel works best with your kitchen decor, be on the lookout for white finishes. Refrigerators come in a variety of colors, so determine which will go best with your kitchen and continue your search.

Check Inside:
Many higher-end refrigerators give homeowners the ability to maintain different climates within the same refrigerator. Some even provide precise temperatures for sensitive ingredients such as produce, meats and cheese. If these factors are important to you, narrow down your hunt for the perfect fridge by searching for makes that offer these features. If you’re big in entertaining, look for fridges with flexibility in their shelving and drawers. Many manufacturers now offer shelving that pulls out and can accommodate larger platters and trays.

Extra Features:
Smart refrigerators recently came on the scene, offering features like touch screens, recipe lists and food trackers. These can also be connected to your tablets and smartphones for added convenience. Other extras you might be interested in is a built in filtered water and ice maker or even a hot water dispenser for tea and coffee. What will they think of next?

If you’re experiencing any problems with your new refrigerator,  the experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. With more than 75 years of experience serving Long Island and New York City, don’t trust anyone else with your refrigerator and freezer repairs. Call us to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.


Best No-Bake Fall Dessert Recipes

The fall is here, and it’s the best time to try out some delicious dessert recipes that you’ve been waiting all year to try! We can already smell the apples, pumpkin and cinnamon! Satisfy that Autumn sweet tooth with these fall dessert recipes:

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Chocolate Pumpkin Icebox Cake

We can’t think of the fall without associating it with pumpkin! This simple dessert is quick and easy but packed with so much pumpkin deliciousness!

You’ll need:

  • 1 (15 oz.) can 100% pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 & 1/2 (8 oz.) containers Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping, divided  chocolate graham crackers
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans  additional pumpkin pie spice for sprinkling

For the full recipe, click here.

Caramel Apple Pie Party Dip

Yum!  There are so many delicious ways to enjoy apples, and this semi-healthy treat is a spin on the traditional fall dessert. Round up some apples on an apple picking trip with your family, and try this treat out!

You’ll need:

  • 1 individual sized container of Yoplait Greek 100 Caramel Apple Yogurt
  • 1 large apple, skin removed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 6 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon milk

For the full recipe, click here.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

This one’s a real crowd pleaser for any fall party! The combination of pumpkin, chocolate and whipped cream come together to make one heavenly flavor. Give these a try, you won’t be sorry! **Warning: you may consume five of these mini cakes in one serving–they’re that good!

You’ll need:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of 100% pumpkin
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice (optional)
  • 1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed & divided
  • 48 chocolate wafer cookies ½ cup mini chocolate chips

For the full recipe, visit here.

For a full list of other no-bake fall desserts, visit here. Let us know which ones you’re excited to try or share pictures of your successful no-bake desserts on our Facebook page!

You can’t enjoy these tasty treats if your refrigerator isn’t in working order. If your fridge isn’t working properly, call the experts at Speedy Sub Zero! We’ve been repairing refrigerators and freezers in the tri-state area for over 75 years! No matter the make or model, our licensed technicians have the experience to get the job done, call us anytime to schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.