10 Storm Protection Tips for Florida Refrigeration and Air

Smart homeowners and businessowners know that storm protection is necessary for their refrigeration systems and air conditioners.  Why does it matter so much in North Central Florida? For starters, we see a lot of stormy weather. More importantly, however, Florida is ranked number one for experiencing the most hurricanes in U.S. history.

Due to the high risks for major storms, Floridians must stay ready for anything that comes our way. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ready.gov promotes readiness each September for National Preparedness Month. The goal is to emphasize the importance of protecting our homes, businesses, and communities before a disaster strikes.

Protecting Vital Systems from Major Storms

The experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air suggest these 10 tips for preventing risks and protecting your most vital systems:

  1. Understand the risk factors. Refrigerators, freezers, and HVAC systems are particularly vulnerable to power surges, lightning strikes, and water damage caused by storms.
  2. Familiarize yourself with operations. Being aware of the general condition, appearance, and functionality of properly running systems can help you more easily spot potential problems or issues, such as temperature changes, leaks, loose wiring, or corrosion.
  3. Have trusted experts on standby. With United’s on-call experts, you will rest assured that we can help you before, during, and after storms impacting North Central Florida.
  4. Know what to do and where to go.  Surprisingly, many people do not know where their shutoff valves are or which electrical box switches to flip for their most vital systems. Knowing what to do and what steps to take are a key to system protection.
  5. Unplug systems for protection. Seems simple, but many people fail to unplug systems during a power outage. Unplugging can prevent a damaging surge upon the return of power.
  6. Shutdown other utilities for safety.  In addition to electricity, it could also be wise to turn off gas or shutoff water before, during, or after a major storm to prevent further damage.
  7. Mitigate risks in certain areas.  Whether an outdoor unit or a high-risk area, it is imperative to consider moving or elevating systems for protection against wind, debris, or water. Ask United’s experts about covers, straps, bolts, platforms, and other solutions to avoid hazards.
  8. Quickly address water damage. The intrusion of water or leaking parts can destroy refrigeration, heating, and air systems. It is crucial to remove water near systems and to make prompt repairs if you have leaking pipes or spot water damage after a storm.
  9. Schedule a post-storm inspection. In addition to personally checking your systems, it is smart to call in United’s experts to perform a post-storm inspection to verify that no underlying damage was done due to a storm, leak, or power outage.
  10. Plan regular maintenance. Beyond the storm protocols, it is equally important to schedule regular maintenance, cleanings, and inspections to protect the longevity of your systems.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has helped keep homes and businesses running efficiently for over 30 years. Call 352-629-1187 to schedule maintenance or repair services.

7 Best Summer Refrigeration Solutions

Ever feel like a refrigeration breakdown is more likely at the worst possible time, like in the scorching heat of a Florida summer day? You’re not alone. Cooling systems tend to breakdown more frequently during the hot summer months around North Central Florida.

Don’t sweat it — the commercial refrigeration experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have the solutions to keep your systems running in the best possible condition this summer and throughout the year.

How to Keep Summer Inventory Cold and Fresh

  1. Chill Out with the Right Settings: Day in and day out, be sure to check and adjust thermostat settings for the proper temperatures. Also, remember that cycling is important to keep foods and beverages held at the right temperatures. Proper packing, stacking, and monitoring will help protect your stock of food, beverages, ice, and frozen products.
  2. Keep it Clean and Fresh: Whether you manage a restaurant, store, kitchen facility, or vending businesses around The Villages or Ocala, there are local and state laws requiring a certain level of cleanliness and sanitation. Take note and do stringent cleanings to maintain freshness, reduce odors, and comply with safety requirements.
  3. Optimize and Prevent Losses: In addition to health and safety, regular cleanings are important for the operation and the lifespan of refrigeration systems. Eliminating corrosion will help keep parts functioning and support longevity. It will also ensure your business is up and running for celebrations like National Soft Ice Cream Day on August 19th.
  4. Stay Cool with Regular Maintenance: Regularly scheduled maintenance and prompt repairs are critical for those soft-serve machines, slush machines, ice machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, deli cases, and other types of refrigeration systems. Contact our experts for an expert maintenance plan to ensure you stay cool.
  5. Keep an Eye on Operations: Make sure a pro is evaluating the systems, checking refrigerant, inspecting hinges, checking auto-closures, and securing seals. Also, watch for any blockages or waterline issues. Cleared drain lines and suction lines are essential.
  6. Focus on Functionality: Hire the pros at United to evaluate your system and check for any faulty parts to mitigate future risks. Condenser coils, compressors, exhaust fans, make-up air fans, gaskets, door hardware, and other components should be professionally inspected and maintained to keep your systems running in peak condition.
  7. Make Smart Decisions: Our experts at United can help you determine when it makes the most cost-effective sense for you to make repairs or to replace your systems with a new installation to avoid any downtime at your North Central Florida businesses. 

United’s trained technicians have expertise in brand-name equipment, such as Traulsen, Victory, Stoelting, Kolpak, Master-Bilt, Continental, Kairak, Electro Freeze, Blue Air, Beverage-Air, True, and others. As factory certified service and warranty experts, United offers maintenance programs, emergency repairs, and new installations for our valued customers.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has provided speedy services for over 30 years. Call 352-629-1187 to set-up your new installations, system maintenance, or repair services.

6 Steps to Care for Your Air Conditioner

Summer is the season to care for your air conditioner. In addition to running on high to keep you cool, July 3rd through August 15th marks Air Conditioning Appreciation Days.

At United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, we also care to share in the celebration of National Air Conditioning Day on July 17th. Invented in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier, air conditioning is one of the greatest and most revolutionary inventions for a more comfortable way of life.

How to Provide Unconditional Love for Air Conditioners
For all that cooling comfort, here are tips for providing care, maintenance, and unconditional love for your air conditioners and HVAC systems:

  1. Maintaining: Most importantly, professional maintenance and timely repairs are at the heart of caring for your air conditioner.  As a full-service residential A/C repair and commercial HVAC service company, we are fully equipped to perform maintenance along with emergency repairs to keep your systems cared for all summerlong.
  2. Inspecting:  General inspections fall in line with preventative maintenance.  Having a professional technician carefully check your entire system could help you avoid a breakdown or prevent a careless issue. Ask United’s experts about our preventative maintenance programs and inspections to protect your HVAC systems.
  3. Cleaning: Cleaning and preventing corrosion are imperative steps for HVAC care. Water and leaks are dangerous threats to your system.  United’s cleaning and maintenance service can help eliminate corrosion, while also optimizing systems for functionality.
  4. Filtering: Scheduled filter changes are vital for system efficiency. Your A/C filter removes debris and filters dust, dander, and other allergens in the air. A clean, new filter is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to care for air conditioners and HVAC systems.
  5. Shielding: Covering and securing your system is important, especially during Florida’s storm season. Straps, hooks, bolts, raised platforms, and covers can help protect units from the damaging effects of wind, rain, flooding, debris, and volatile conditions.
  6. Protecting: Show you care by protecting your air conditioner from other potential dangers like power surges or lightning strikes. This could be as simple as turning the power off to systems during a severe storm or during a power outage. Protect your system by waiting until the storm has passed or the power returns to avoid costly dangers.

United’s team cares for air conditioners and HVAC systems all around The Villages, Ocala, and surrounding areas of North Central Florida. Give us a call for evaluations, maintenance, repairs, and new installations to keep you cool throughout the summer.  

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has helped keep systems running efficiently for over 30 years. Call 352-629-1187 to set your next appointment.

5 Facts About Your HVAC Tech

When your air conditioner malfunctions, there is no better sight for sore eyes than your HVAC Tech. In the heat of Florida’s summer months, it makes sense to celebrate these service professionals repairing, replacing, and maintaining your essential HVAC systems. 

In celebration of National HVAC Tech Day on June 22, our team at United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air is listing five facts to know about our hardworking HVAC technicians.

  1. Educated and Certified: For an HVAC certification, qualified candidates must complete an accredited HVAC Program, typically ranging from six months to three years depending on the trade school, vocational school, or diploma program.

  2. Skilled and Highly Trained: At United, our certified technicians often pursue extended education and specialized skills including heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration for HVAC/R certifications. From troubleshooting to replacing, certified technicians have the hands-on experience and training to complete a job from beginning to end.

  3. Technical and Practical Knowledge: In addition to understanding the mechanics of heating and cooling systems, certified technicians are equipped in using power tools for repairing individual parts, such as pipes or pumps. In addition, techs have complete capabilities for installing new systems for residential homes and commercial businesses.

  4. Problem-Solving Expertise: As analytical thinkers, HVAC Techs must find the source of a problem and determine the most efficient approach to fixing it. For example, in addition to general repairs, United’s technicians will clean systems and evaluate operations to make sure there are no leaking pipes, drainage issues, or corroded parts.

  5. High-Quality Service Providers:  Beyond working with heavy machinery and intricate system components, HVAC Techs must be fluent in providing direct customer service through clear communication and efficiency. For United’s technicians – safety, timeliness, and cost-efficiency are always top of mind when serving valued customers, residential homeowners, and businessowners.

United’s HVAC Techs will make sure systems stay up-and-running all summer around Ocala, the Villages, and across North Central Florida.  United’s technicians remain on-call to complete your HVAC system evaluations, maintenance, emergency repairs, and new installations. 

Contact our full-service Residential AC Repair and Commercial HVAC Services Company today. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team at 352-629-1187 to set your next appointment.

7 Spring Cleaning Tips for Commercial Refrigeration

Maintenance

Spring has sprung across North Central Florida, making now a perfect time for cleaning your refrigeration systems and inspecting for peak performance.

Commercial refrigeration systems require maintenance and inspections for optimal operations.  The experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air strive to help our customers keep systems clean and maintained to optimize functions and prevent health hazards. 

Here are seven expert tips for Refrigerators, Freezers, and Ice Machines:

  1. Most importantly, pre-schedule professional cleanings and maintenance services.  United’s professionals are your best protection against system failures. Each brand requires different protocols, which is why it is important to trust the experts for maintaining and protecting refrigeration equipment.
  2. Also, be sure to follow the basic care guidelines in your manual.  Every ice machine, soft serve machine, slush machine, commercial walk-in, reach-in cooler, and deli case has an operational manual for daily usage, cleanings, settings, and basic care.
  3. With swiftness, address any and all issues. Winter, spring, summer, or fall — if something smells funny, looks odd, seems warm, or feels slimy – it is time for a professional cleaning and inspection to diagnose and fix the issue. A tiny leak might start with a temperature issue, but it can lead to a full system failure or end up as a serious health code violation.
  4. Frequently, perform sanitizing to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, fungi, mold, yeast, slime, and microorganisms. A little elbow grease can prevent big issues like food contamination. Use appropriate disinfecting solutions to scrub interiors, bins, and parts.
  5. It is critical for restaurants, kitchen facilities, food vendors, and stores to protect perishable food supplies. Monitoring expiration dates, discarding risky items, and removing frost are essential cleaning measures.
  6. Also, remember to remove any interior and exterior dust. Dusting is a must when spring cleaning. Dust can build up and hinder heat transfer around system coils. That is why dust removal is important for refrigeration systems to function.
  7. Deep cleanings require more than dusting. It is also important to clear drains and replace any broken-down items, such as repairing faulty parts, fans, or gaskets to ensure proper operations and to help support the longevity of your systems.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air specializes in helping customers clean and maintain commercial refrigerators, freezers, and ice machines.  Our expert technicians also offer emergency repairs, service warranties, and new installations for high-efficiency upgrades.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has provided speedy services for over 30 years. Call 352-629-1187 for new installations, system maintenance, or repair services.

Energy-Efficient Tips and Systems to Save Money

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, our team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is offering energy-efficient tips for refrigeration and HVAC systems this spring.

With soaring fuel costs and wholesale inflation, residential homeowners and commercial businesses around Central Florida are searching for ways to save money. Why not start with your electric bill? Experts say nearly half of energy costs go to heating and cooling. You can guess a big portion of the other half goes to operating appliances and refrigeration systems.

Lower Costs for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Whether you live or work in Ocala, The Villages, or our surrounding areas – these sustainable tips could help lower your costs for air conditioning and refrigeration, while also helping to conserve our planet’s energy resources.

First, focus on filters. Different types of filters and filtration systems are necessary in the operation of HVAC systems as well as refrigeration systems with water supply or ice makers. In addition to negative effects on the quality of air and water, a dirty filter will cause systems to struggle and run harder, thus, wasting energy. United’s experts encourage homeowners and business owners to change their air and water filters according to the recommended guidelines in operational manuals or more frequently depending on use.

Second, seal and insulate. A tight seal is necessary in all matters of heating and cooling. In terms of air conditioning, this means you want to ensure all windows, doors, walls, roofs, and attic spaces are insulated and sealed to prevent dollars from flying out the window. Similarly, for refrigeration systems, you will want to ensure proper operations of auto-closers, doors, and gaskets. An air gap or air leak will not only waste energy, but it could also spoil food supplies.

Third, sustain and maintain.  The greatest focus of Earth Day is sustainability, which requires us to protect and conserve resources. Professional maintenance services are simple ways to protect the working parts and sustain the proper operations of your HVAC systems and refrigeration systems. United’s preventative maintenance programs can help you extend the life of your systems, while also saving money. Regular cleanings, evaluations, and repairs can help prevent your systems from overrunning, wasting energy, and breaking down.

Fourth, efficiently upgrade: You can trust United’s experts to advise when the cost for repairing an aging system is no longer in your best interest. Upgrading to energy-efficient systems and appliances is the way to go in today’s world of rising costs. United’s experts offer guidance on systems rated as energy-efficient, and we can perform new installations for an array of makes and models of home air conditioners, commercial HVAC systems, refrigerators, coolers, freezers, ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, and commercial walk-ins.

For over 30 years, we’ve been keeping systems operating efficiently for customers throughout Sumter and Marion Counties. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with our professionals about installations, system efficiency, or repair services.

How HVAC Systems Affect Real Estate Value

In terms of real estate, HVAC systems running with efficiency can be assets with value. And if you haven’t noticed, Florida’s weather and real estate markets are running hot this spring.

Fortunately, the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air provide value-added services to help buyers and sellers with HVAC inspections, tune-ups, repairs, and new installations.

Valuable Tips for HVAC Inspections and Property Sales

This spring, real estate value is top of mind for homeowners and business owners across North Central Florida.  Experts will tell you that the quality of an HVAC system and the condition of ductwork are key components of a thorough inspection before any property sale or purchase. 

In real estate, a neglected or inefficient HVAC system could result in a lower offer or reduced sales price. As your HVAC service company, United’s experts offer these valuable tips:

  1. Most simply, property owners should regularly change system air filters to trap and prevent dust and debris from hindering airflow. A clean filter is critical for HVAC operations, and no one wants stale, dusty air during a property showing.  To elevate value, United can also install high-quality air purification systems for homes and businesses.
  2. Of course, potential buyers will want to hire an inspector, but it is just as important for sellers to schedule a professional inspection prior to listing a property.  In addition to inspecting, United’s techs can help clean, repair, and enhance AC operations. If needed, United may also offer solutions for a new HVAC installation. A seller’s inspection is one of the best ways to avoid and prevent any unexpected surprises during the real estate process.
  3. For real estate transactions, a basic inspection will verify the age and quality of HVAC systems, but savvy sellers will also request a maintenance tune-up. It is important to repair any damage, leaks, clogged filters, or corrosion in or around your system that would deplete its value. United’s experts can also verify efficiency ratings, fuel type, installation details, thermostat settings, warranties, and other information about the HVAC systems.
  4. For overall value, United emphasizes it is important to check system components and inspect ductwork to ensure there are not any issues, gaps, loose connections, or problems that could hinder operations. Plus, United’s experts will make sure outdoor units are free of debris, properly covered, and secured as necessary with hooks, bolts, or straps.
  5. Finally, Florida sellers can show value by providing buyers with maintenance records to illustrate how well you have taken care of your HVAC system.  Seeing how you’ve invested in protecting your system provides buyers with peace of mind and proof of value.

Call United’s experts at 352-629-1187 for HVAC inspections, maintenance, repairs, and new installations at homes and businesses throughout Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas.

7 HVAC Tips for Turning Up the Heat in Florida

Keeping Warm in Florida

Despite popular belief, indoor heating can be a necessity during North Central Florida’s winter months.  Many folks simply do not realize that Floridians also need to turn up the heat.

Typically, the surrounding areas of Ocala and The Villages range from the 40s to 60s this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen a few dips into the 30s. For those frigid Florida nights, consider these tips from our HVAC experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air.

How Homeowners and Businessowners can improve heating efficiency:

  • Set the right temperatures.  Thermostat recommendations for proper temperatures vary from model to model, but 65 to 70 degrees is what most advise for heating an indoor space.  United’s experts can provide advice on the most efficient settings for your HVAC system.
  • Be prepared for fluctuations.  Rapid hot or cold weather shifts can be tough on HVAC systems. A programmable thermostat could be helpful in making advance settings for weather fluctuations. Also, smart thermostats are convenient for programming efficiency.
  • Always keep air filters clean. This is one of the simplest but essential actions for protecting the longevity and operational value of your HVAC system.  It is also necessary for clean air, as the filter is the first line of defense in trapping debris, dust, and allergens.
  • Be proactive about maintenance. To prevent a heating problem before it strikes, schedule a professional maintenance check-up. United’s experts will perform a thorough inspection and a complete tune-up to ensure you stay warm and cozy this winter.
  • Promptly perform heating repairs. Proper heating and operations of the indoor air-handler and outdoor unit require working parts.  United’s heating experts can assist with servicing your existing equipment, making necessary repairs, or upgrading your HVAC system.
  • Insulate for a protective seal.  In addition to keeping doors and windows closed, you can boost heating efficiency by adding weather strips or sealant around frames to prevent the cold air from getting inside. Attic insulation is also a wise investment for boosting efficiency.
  • Take precaution with space heaters.  Many Floridians see value in portable space heaters for temporary warmth in a small space; however, NEVER leave space heaters unattended, DO NOT use with an extension cord, and review all device warnings to avoid risks.

Contact United’s technicians for services and heating recommendations for your system. Professional services and maintenance are the keys to saving money, promoting longevity of your HVAC system, and keeping you in control of comfortable room temperatures. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to discuss your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading your HVAC systems.

Top 4 Refrigeration Malfunctions to Prevent

Refrigeration malfunctions are the last thing you want in the New Year, especially if you are a businessowner or manager relying on systems for your daily operations. To save the day, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air stays ready to promptly provide emergency repair services to keep your businesses up and running today and throughout 2022.

In addition to speedy service, United’s team strives to prevent trouble before it strikes businesses around Ocala, the Villages, and across North Central Florida. To help restaurants, kitchen facilities, stores, and other businesses limit downtime, United’s experts are offering preventative maintenance tips to mitigate risks and save money. 

Protect your refrigeration systems against these five malfunctions:

  1. Wrong Temperatures or Settings:  Always ensure you have the temperatures set correctly for optimum performance.  Refrigerators, coolers, freezers, ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, and other refrigeration systems require very specific settings according to manufacturer guidelines. Contact United Refrigeration’s experts for assistance with proper settings for an array of makes and models of refrigeration systems.
  2. Dirty Condensers, Coils, or Fans:  System cleaning and maintenance is the key to keeping your system running at peak performance.  If you want to keep things cool, it is important to regularly inspect and professionally clean evaporator coils, condensers, and fans. Removing dust can improve heat transfer and boost functionality.
  3. Inadequate Sealing or Poor Airflow: Many people underestimate the importance of proper sealing.  Regularly inspect auto-closers, doors, and gaskets for air leaks. You could avoid many problems before they start by performing general maintenance and making inexpensive repairs for door hardware and door gaskets. This will help prevent warm air from destroying your perishables.  In addition, allow for adequate space around the exterior of your system to assist the airflow around the heat exchange coils. 
  4. Compressor or Thermostat Failures: Functioning thermostats and compressors are essential for proper operations. These parts are at the heart of your system, and they must always be functioning. In addition to checking refrigerant levels and inspecting temperature control, United’s on-call technicians are prepared to help you make the most cost-effective decisions in repairing or replacing these vital parts.

If you hear noisy sounds, smell odors, or notice fluctuating temperatures, now is the time to schedule a maintenance service, cleaning, repair, or new installation with United Refrigeration, Heating and Air.

Happy New Year! Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air at 352-629-1187 to set your next installation, system maintenance, or emergency repair service.

10 Cool Gift Ideas and Tips from HVAC Experts

HVAC experts know this is the season of giving, and there is no better gift than the gift of comfort. That is why United Refrigeration, Heating and Air has a list of 10 cool gift ideas and tips to promote the perfect settings in homes and businesses across North Central Florida.

Comfort-Inspired Gifts for Florida Homes and Businesses

  • Smart Thermostat: Upgrade the gift to a smart thermostat to provide continuous control over HVAC systems via simple-to-use smartphone apps and devices. This means a person can turn up the heat or cool down a space without getting off the couch.
  • Programable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat is a great gift for someone looking to save money on their energy bills. Scheduled programming allows a person to adjust daily and hourly temperatures in advance for optimum efficiency.
  • Smart Lighting: Smart-light devices and bulbs feature motion sensors, timers, as well as easy adjustments via your smart devices. Additionally, battery-powered smart lights and LED lights can greatly reduce heat emissions and lower electricity costs.
  • Automated Shades: Light-blocking blinds or shades can help block the sun and prevent heat from penetrating through windows. This means the AC won’t have to run as often to cool down spaces. To boost convenience, modern shades can also be automated and controlled via smart devices.  
  • Home Automation System: Many people’s wish list includes high-tech gifts like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. These systems provide voice control over smart thermostats, lighting, blinds, and more. A person simply needs to speak to control smart devices throughout their home or business.
  • Air Purification System: Who wouldn’t want to breathe cleaner and purer air? Consider gifting an air purifier for an area of someone’s home or business.  Better yet, ask United’s experts about whole-home purification systems to filter odors, allergens, bacteria, viruses, and more.
  • Ceiling Fan or Box Fan: If someone you know is always running hot, consider giving them a box fan or a ceiling fan to match their décor. Airflow from fans can save money and reduce electricity costs.
  • Portable Space Heater: For small spaces, a portable space heater is a cost-effective way to help Floridians avoid turning on the heat; however, be sure to use caution and follow safety guidelines.
  • Blanket or Heating Pad: For the perpetually cold, there is no better gift than a blanket or a heating pad. In Florida, it is not always necessary to fully run the heating system when something more direct and personal can provide warmth and comfort.
  • HVAC-Inspired Gifts and Services: For the most practical people in your life, considering giving high-quality air filters or offer to arrange a preventative maintenance check-up with United’s experts to clean and inspect their HVAC system. Budget-minded folks around Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas could greatly appreciate a gift of security and comfort this winter.

Happy Holidays! Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with our experienced professionals about maintaining, repairing, or upgrading your HVAC system.