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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.

Halloween Party Snack Recipes

Halloween parties are underway, and one of your chances to get really creative with your food. From pumpkin cake pops to spooky witch finger cookies, these Halloween recipes will certainly provide more “treats” and less tricks to your festive party:

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The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Give a subtle nod to the Halloween classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and serve this spicy cheese dip that your guests will be sure to love.

You’ll need:

2 (10-oz.) blocks extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

2 (4-oz.) goat cheese logs, softened

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Braided pretzel, muscadine vine and leaf

Crackers and assorted vegetables

For the full recipe, click here.

Eyeball Dessert Bites

While these may seem creepy, these delicious red velvet cake pop bites will add equal part of spookiness and deliciousness to your affair.

You’ll need:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 (large) egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring

4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons milk

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

9 ounces white chocolate

Assorted liquid food coloring or M and M’s for decorating

For the full recipe, click here.

Goblin Dip With Bone Crackers

Everybody loves a simple appetizer to nosh on throughout the party, and this Tex-Mex bean dip and bone cracker combination won’t disappoint.

You’ll need:

1 (16-ounce) can chili without beans

1 (16-ounce) can refried beans

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese

1 (8-ounce) jar chunky pico de gallo

1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Toppings: shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese with peppers, chopped black olives, sliced green onions

For the full recipe, click here.

Brew Ha-Ha Punch

No Halloween party is complete without a witches cauldron of your favorite bubbling beverage.

You’ll need:

2 cups sugar

2 quarts water

2 (0.13-ounce) envelopes lime drink mix

1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice

1 quart ginger ale

For the full recipe, click here.

You can’t enjoy these tasty Halloween 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.

Refrigerator FAQs

We often get asked questions about refrigerators, freezers and common problems that go along with them. To help give you the answers you’re probably wondering, here are some frequently asked questions and answers from the professionals here at Speedy SubZero!

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Q:How cold should my refrigerator and freezer be?

A: Your refrigerator’s thermostat should be set to 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer’s thermostat from 0 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. If your fridge is having trouble staying in that temperature range, give us a call.

Q: How long can I expect my refrigerator to last before I replace it?

A: While makes and models vary, the average life of a refrigerator is 14-17 years. Making sure to properly maintain your unit will prolong it’s life.

Q: Does my refrigerator need any routine maintenance?
A: As we just mentioned, taking care of your refrigerator with routine maintenance will help you fridge last longer. Good practices include vacuuming the condenser coils, lubricating the gasket, and keeping the interior clean of spills and stains. For a more comprehensive maintenance checklist, click here.

Q: My refrigerator seems to run constantly. Is that normal?

A:  No. There are several possible causes. Typically a buildup of dirt and debris in the condenser coils is to blame here. If vacuuming your condenser coils don’t do the trick, make sure to give the professionals a call!

Q: Is freezer burn safe for my food?
A: Freezer burn is a common problem caused by food packaging, but food is absolutely safe to cook or eat. Most people find, however, that the dehydration process that causes freezer burn destroys the food’s taste and texture.

Q: Does the freezer get warmer during self-defrost?
A: Yes, freezer temperature increases nearly 20 degrees during this cycle, but it is totally normal and won’t affect the food’s quality.

Q: How full can I pack my freezer?
A: It’s OK to keep your freezer full, as long as the air vents aren’t blocked.

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 give us a call 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.

Foods To Try Frozen

We’ve been experiencing scorching hot temperatures this week, so there’s no better way to cool off than by indulging in your favorite treats–frozen! While you may not have typically thought about trying these foods straight out of the freezer, we’re here to tell you that while they’re refreshing, they’re also really good. Cool off with these foods that you must try frozen:sub zero refrigerator service glen cove


This might be at the top of the list for the best and most refreshing frozen fruit there is. Freezing your grapes makes for a perfect, bite-sized snack on the go. We’re so sure that once you try these frozen, there’s no going back to regular grapes ever again. Take a bag of your favorite either purple or green grapes, wash them off and store them in the freezer overnight to wake up to an icy treat tomorrow morning!


Yum! This couldn’t be easier (or more delicious) to do. Simply peel, freeze and enjoy! Bananas take on a really nice consistency when frozen and can even serve as a healthy alternative to ice cream. Eat this creamy treat as is, or top it with chopped peanuts or shredded coconut for an added delight!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups:

Few things are better than peanut butter and chocolate mixed together, but if you really want to kick it up a notch, try freezing it! If peanut butter isn’t your thing, frozen Peppermint Patties taste just as great!


Chowing down on frozen watermelon is a great way to get your kids to eat healthy and stay cool. Icy watermelon cubes taste great with some sea salt sprinkled on top, or you could incorporate them into one of these fun recipes.

Don’t let a broken freezer stand in your way of trying one of these delicious desserts! 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!