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. 

8 Actionable Ways to Combat Poor Air Quality

With endless shopping lists and countless events, poor air quality may not be at the top of your mind this holiday season. Healthcare organizations across America, however, want us to remember that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

To help bring awareness to the effects of poor air quality on our lungs, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is highlighting simple ways that North Central Florida homeowners and business owners can take action to improve the quality of the air we breathe.

Improving Air Quality in Florida Homes and Businesses
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about lung cancer, specifically, is smoking. Cigarette smoke is harmful for a smoker, but it also lingers in the air, spreading hundreds of different chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, and an array of respiratory issues. Other things like household cleaners, pesticides, mold, debris, dust, dander, and humidity can also impact our lungs and overall health. Here are tips for reducing health risks and improving air quality:

  1. Decrease Indoor Pollutants. Avoid smoking indoors and limit the use of strong chemicals. Provide proper ventilation by opening windows or doors when using certain cleaners, chemicals, paints, solvents, or pesticides.
  2. Take Precautions and Mitigate Risks. Install a carbon monoxide detector for safety. Do NOT idle a running car in an attached garage. Also, take steps to prevent mold and mildew by adding sealants, quickly repairing leaks, and removing any standing water.
  3. Control Humidity Levels. Experts recommend keeping humidity levels in your home below 50 percent. In places like Ocala and the Villages, this means you will want to keep your HVAC system operating efficiently, run exhaust fans in kitchens and baths to expel moisture, and consider investing in a dehumidifier if needed for certain spaces.
  4. Schedule HVAC Maintenance. Poor circulation of indoor air can worsen allergies and lung conditions, which makes HVAC maintenance essential. An efficient HVAC system can play a key role in filtering allergens from the air you breathe. 
  5. Keep a Clean AC Filter. Be sure to change your AC Filter every month to filter particles and ensure your AC runs efficiently and correctly.  A clean air filter with a high MERV ranking is helpful for reducing allergens and combatting poor air quality.
  6. Clear Your Air Ducts. Much like the airways through our nose and mouth, clear ducts are essential for clean indoor air. Now is a great time of year to consider a professional duct cleaning to improve the air quality in your home or business.
  7. Install an In-Duct Air Purifier. If you want to purify every cubic inch of the air that your AC system reaches, consider a REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier. It can help reduce odors, pollutants, particulates, microbials, and gases in indoor air.
  8. Invest in an Air Purification System. For cleaner air, United’s experts also recommend Global Plasma Solutions (GPS), which is a high-tech purification system to break down gases, control odor, filter airborne particles, and kill viruses, bacteria, and mold.

Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about the latest options for repairing, replacing, or installing a new HVAC system or air purification solution for your home or business. 

What’s Lurking in Your Commercial Ice Machines?

Ice Machine Maintenance

North Central Florida businessowners and managers may not need to fear ghosts and goblins this Halloween, but you should be afraid of any frightening things lurking in the commercial ice machines at your restaurants, kitchen facilities, and stores.

There is nothing to fear, however, when you have the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air on your side.  Our experts have the tips and solutions to sanitize, repair, and protect your ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, and other commercial refrigeration systems.

5 Steps to Eliminate Slime, Build-Up, and Machine Malfunctions

Icky, slippery slime and damaging mineral build-up are scary stuff. In addition to dreadful health risks, these issues could cause machine malfunctions like longer harvest times, reduced capacity, and diminished ice production.   

Conveniently, United Refrigeration can help protect systems at businesses around Ocala, the Villages, Lady Lake, and surrounding areas. We are a recommended service and warranty contractor for most major brands of commercial ice machines including, Scotsman, Manitowoc, Hoshizaki, and others.  Here are five steps to boost cleanliness and efficiency:

  1. Protect Your Machine: The best thing you can do is to start a regularly scheduled Preventative Maintenance Plan. This includes both professional maintenance services and your daily in-house care according to the machine’s guidelines for efficiency and safety.
  2. Scare Away Slime: In addition to the dreaded possibility of putting your customers health at risk, unsanitary environments will lead to health code violations. Cleaning bins, sanitizing parts, and regularly inspecting systems can help prevent slimy bacteria or mold from developing and creating potentially unsanitary conditions.
  3. Eliminate Build-Up: A regular cleaning and maintenance schedule can also help you prevent build-up of scale or calcium and magnesium.  Build-up of certain minerals can damage your machine, decrease efficiency, and change the taste of water.
  4. Change Water Filters: Generally, manufacturers recommend replacing ice-machine filters every 6 months or more depending on use.  Ensure your business always has extra filters on-site for filter changes to keep water clean and fresh for ice production.
  5. Replace Faulty Parts: Replace parts as needed to maintain proper efficiency and system performance. In addition to water filters, essential operational parts may include casters, water hoses, sump pump, evaporator, water distributor parts, reservoir, and ice scoops.

In addition to avoiding expensive repairs caused by damage and build-up, you will find that meticulous maintenance will also help your business avoid losses from unnecessary downtime. United’s team is prepared to assess situations, diagnose issues, and determine the most cost-effective way to help you maintain your ice machines and commercial systems. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about maintenance plans, new installations, or repair services

10 Stormproof Tips to Protect HVAC Systems

AC Maintenance

With Florida’s storm season ramping up during National Preparedness Month, the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have some stormproof tips to protect your HVAC systems.

For this year’s National Preparedness Month, Ready.gov is urging Americans to: “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”  Well, during hot temperatures and stormy weather in North Central Florida, we can attest that air conditioning is essential for staying cool and protected inside the safety of our homes and businesses. 

Important ways to protect your Florida homes, businesses, and HVAC systems:

  1. Know the location of your electrical boxes and shutoff valves. In Florida, homeowners and business owners need to know how to take vital safety steps, such as shutting off electric, gas, or water during an emergency.
  2. Take action to protect systems from power surges. It is a no-brainer to unplug your TV or computer during a lightning storm, but major appliances and HVAC systems are also at risk. Consider shutting down power to certain systems during severe weather warnings.
  3. Monitor exterior areas for water pooling, flooding, or drainage issues.  Floridians must take measures to protect their property from water damage. If needed, United’s technicians can elevate AC units or design platforms to raise and protect HVAC systems at risk.
  4. Regularly check indoors for leaking pipes, seepage, or corrosion.  Water issues can damage indoor air systems and other parts of your homes and businesses. Make every effort to remove water and call in the professionals if you spot a leak or water damage.
  5. Protect outdoor AC units from high-force winds. Ocala, the Villages, and surrounding areas can experience brutal winds during hurricane season. United can help ensure your AC units are covered, protected, and secured with bolts, hooks, and straps where needed. 
  6. Remove projectile objects and clean-up outdoor debris. It is obvious to store furniture and potted plants in a sheltered location to protect windows. Debris and small projectile objects, however, are also able to damage your outdoor AC unit or block air flow.
  7. After a storm or outage, schedule a maintenance check.  United’s professionals can help you determine if there was any damage done during a storm. Wind, lightening, and rain can leave behind obvious signs of damage as well as hard-to-detect issues.
  8. Make repairs quickly when necessary. If you see a leak or notice a malfunction, be sure to act quick before other parts are damaged. In addition to repairing any mechanical issues, United’s technicians can offer solutions to protect systems and prevent future damage. 
  9. Plan ahead for system repairs or upgrades. With preparedness in mind, it is important to budget for potential costs associated with disasters, emergencies, or system breakdowns.
  10. Benefit from a preventative maintenance program. Control costs and protect the longevity of your system by starting a maintenance program for cleanings, inspections, and services to prevent a costly disaster before it strikes. 

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team provides emergency service as well as preventative maintenance to keep Florida homes and businesses running efficiently. Call 352-629-1187 to schedule your system maintenance, repair services, or new installations.