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.

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.

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 HVAC Tips for Florida’s Winter Months

Frozen Air Conditioner

In Florida, winter does not always mean cold weather.  In fact, HVAC systems across North Central Florida often change gears from cooling to heating on a day-to-day basis.  Taking care of your central air and heat-pump systems is critical for not only keeping comfortable, but also for extending the life of your systems.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air has experts on standby to provide rapid services during this holiday season and into the New Year. It may not feel like your HVAC systems are working as hard during Florida’s milder winter months, but year-round system care remains important. 

HVAC System Settings and Maintenance

As full-service HVAC experts, we have compiled these 10 tips to help our neighbors across Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas this winter. 

  1. Avoid HVAC system failures during the winter months by pre-scheduling regular maintenance services. A professional inspection to assess any issues could mitigate future risks and keep your systems in tip-top condition.
  2. Add a programmable “smart” thermostat to your holiday shopping list for simpler adjustments in handling Florida’s winter temperature fluctuations. Simply install and use apps on your mobile device to control temperatures in your home or business.
  3. Ask United’s technician regarding thermostat settings to boost efficiencyDepending on the make, type, and model of your system, manufacturers will suggest different temperature ranges for heating and cooling purposes.
  4. Change your filters often. This is typically a monthly task, but United’s experts may suggest more frequent changes due to system usage or operations.
  5. Clean your air vents to make sure there is not anything obstructing or hindering airflow. Clean airflow is critical for proper functioning and comfortable room temperatures.
  6. Regularly inspect both your indoor and outdoor units to ensure there is no debris, dust, corrosion, build-up, or water disturbing the system. 
  7. Monitor your systems for any visual changes, such as loose connections.  These could lead to dangerous electrical issues, in addition to operational problems.
  8. Implement protective measures such as coverings or platforms to protect systems from water or debris.  Enlist the help of United’s technicians for protective tips and advice.
  9. Prevent extreme temperature fluctuations by opening/closing windows, running ceiling fans, and running exhaust fans in kitchens and baths to reduce humidity. 
  10. Make timely repairs and replace faulty parts. Proper operations require cohesively functioning parts.  Remember, rapid response and prevention can be your protection against more costly issues or breakdowns.

Happy Holidays to our neighbors across Central Florida! Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading your HVAC system.

Summer Safety and HVAC System Protection

In addition to hurricane preparedness and protective measures for your HVAC system during rainy season, this summer Floridians will also need to continue safety precautions for the lingering effects of the pandemic.

United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air has been helping customers across Central Florida during these unprecedented times.  As we enter the summer months, know that United continues to take the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as seriously as we do any crisis, such as hurricanes.

Procedures for Safe and Efficient HVAC System Protection
Homeowners and businessowners around Ocala and the Villages will want to take proactive measures to keep HVAC systems up and running.  United’s experts have compiled these tips for protecting both you and your HVAC systems.

  1. Trust only the Experts: United’s professionals are trained to inspect and maintain your A/C in good times and in bad times. Considering COVID-19, United’s experts will abide by policies and procedures to keep you safe and to adhere to the latest sanitary guidelines for gloves and masks, in addition to abiding by social distancing rules.

  2. Be Proactive with Summer Maintenance: A storm or crisis can come at any time, which is why it is important to enlist United’s help to complete a comprehensive system check-up. This will mitigate risks and maintain stability to prevent future problems.

  3. Secure and Protect Your Outdoor Unit: Central Florida’s windy and rainy summer weather can wreak havoc on your outdoor unit. Ask United’s pros to add covers to protect the unit and ensure all straps, hooks, and bolts are secure.  In certain flood-prone areas, United’s professionals may also recommend a raised platform for your unit.

  4. Professionally Inspect the HVAC System:  On a regular basis, residential and commercial HVAC systems must be cleaned and checked to make sure there are no leaking pipes, drainage issues, or corroded parts hindering proper operations.  If there has been a recent storm or major power outage, it could be wise to schedule a professional check-up to confirm there is no system damage.

  5. Make Filter Changes an Essential Activity: Safer-at-home guidelines have kept more Floridians at home, which makes a clean filter crucial for filtering particles like dust, dander, pet hair, and other allergens in the air you breath. Importantly, filter changes are also essential to keeping your system running during heavy summer usage. United’s experts suggest setting a schedule with reminders according to your system and usage.

With your health and safety in mind, United’s technicians remain on-call to complete your HVAC system evaluations, maintenance, repairs, and new installations. 

Contact our full-service Residential AC Repair and Commercial HVAC Services Company today. 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.

Refrigeration Tips to Prevent Issues from Springing Up

AC Maintenance

Spring has sprung, which makes March an important time to inspect your commercial refrigeration systems.  Issues often arise when the weather heats up and cooling operations increase, which is why the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air are offering essential tips for preventing problems before they spring up at your business.

7-Point Spring Checklist for Commercial Refrigeration

United Refrigeration has decades of experience in keeping commercial refrigeration systems operating efficiently for customers throughout Sumter and Marion Counties.  Here are ways businesses can support the longevity of ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, deli cases, or freezers. 

  1. Avoid a refrigeration system failure during business hours by pre-scheduling regular maintenance services. A professional inspection to assess operations and diagnose issues could help you prevent future risks.
  2. Regularly inspect auto-closers, doors, and gaskets for air leaks. Check for gaps, puddles, and moisture or water droplets around the unit. Gaps will waste energy and allow warm air to enter into your system, which is harmful for perishables.  
  3. Be sure there is adequate space around your refrigeration system.  This will improve airflow around heat exchange coils. 
  4. Utilize accessories and implement protective measures to optimize operations.  For example, prevent air loss and temperature fluctuations with motion sensors for case-lighting systems.  If you have open cases, consider investing in night curtains.
  5. Perform interior and exterior cleanings to keep your systems clean, sanitized, and running efficiently. Follow manufacturer guidelines or contact United Refrigeration’s experts for cleaning assistance and maintenance programs.
  6. Refrigeration systems require vigilant care for efficient operations.  Remove dust from all system coils.  This can improve heat transfer and functionality.
  7. Make timely repairs and replace faulty parts. Proper operations require cohesively functioning hardware, fans, gaskets, and other parts.

In addition to professional inspections and preventative maintenance programs, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air can help evaluate the lifespan and condition of your refrigerators, freezers, and ice machines to determine if you need an upgrade or if a new installation is appropriate.

For over 30 years, our Florida customers have relied on us for all of their refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning needs.  Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air at 352-629-1187 to set your next installation, system maintenance, or repair service.

Indoor Comfort When Outdoor Temperatures Fluctuate

Around Ocala and The Villages, February is known for outdoor temperature fluctuations, bouncing between 47 and 74 degrees on average.  Hot, cold, warm, or cool – the temperatures fluctuate not only by the day, but also by the hour. This means your HVAC system may be working hard to switch back-and-forth from heating to air conditioning.   

Thermostats, Settings, and HVAC System Tips

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has helped keep systems up and running for over 30 years. In addition to general maintenance and service questions, United’s customers frequently ask our technicians for suggestions on how they can maintain comfortable temperatures in their homes and businesses.   Here are a few tips for indoor comfort when North Central Florida’s weather outside is unpredictable or sporadic.
1.) Invest in a Programmable Thermostat: A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust hourly temperatures according to your needs, even when you are not at home.  You can also program advance settings according to weather fluctuations. Today’s smart thermostats offer modern features and controls via your smartphone apps and devices.

Senior male reaching up to open filter holder for air conditioning filter in ceiling

2.) Set and Adjust Temperatures: HVAC system manufacturers often suggest thermostat settings for efficiency in model manuals or on their websites.  For heating efficiency, some recommend between 65 and 70 degrees during colder months. Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust temperature needs, but some experts suggest keeping systems set at one temperature.  Put simply, each situation is unique, which is why we recommend asking United’s technicians for advice in setting your unique system for efficiency.

3.) Optimize Opportunities of Rest: When milder temperatures prevail, systems across Ocala and The Villages could have the opportunity to downshift operations.  For example, if outdoor temperatures feel comfortable, consider opening the windows for fresh air.  If heat creeps back with the mid-day sun, consider running ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise direction for downward airflow to keep rooms cooler. Alternatively, if there is a slight chill, consider supplementing heat in small areas with a portable space heater. When your HVAC system is at rest, be sure to utilize ventilation systems to expel heat and moisture. For example, reduce humidity and steam by running your kitchen exhaust fans or bathroom exhaust fans. 

4.) Clean Filters and Perform Maintenance: Your HVAC filter is the first line of defense in trapping debris and filtering particles like dust, dander, pet hair, and other allergens in the air. It is a fact that filter changes help to ensure that your system runs efficiently.  Cleaning and general maintenance are also the keys to saving money, promoting longevity of your system, and keeping you in control of comfortable room temperatures now and throughout the year.

There are many brands and types of heating and air conditioning systems.  Ask United’s experts which filters, preventative maintenance schedules, and thermostat settings are right for you.Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to discuss your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, improving indoor air quality, or upgrading your HVAC system.

6 Storm-Ready Tips for HVAC Protection

Around Central Florida, HVAC protection is an essential part of hurricane preparations and safety plans.  As homeowners and businesses in places like Ocala and the Villages endure the peak of the 2019 rainy season, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is checking and double-checking to ensure our valued customers are ready to weather the storm. 

Steps to Protect Residential and Commercial HVAC Systems

  1. Evaluate Systems: United’s HVAC experts can help you evaluate the stability of your unit prior to a storm.  Having a professional technician complete a comprehensive check of your entire system could help you avoid a major issue before it strikes.
  2. Cover and Secure: Protecting your unit is critical during hurricane season.  Wind, rain, and flying debris can all cause significant damage to your outdoor unit.  Ask United’s technicians about the best straps, hooks, bolts, and covers to keep your system safe.
  3. Combat Corrosion: In addition to storm flooding, a leaking pipe or drainage issue can harm interior or exterior units.  A professional cleaning or replacement part may be necessary to ensure the proper operation of your system’s airflow. 
  4. Raise Platforms: If necessary, outdoor units may need to be raised on a platform in order to protect a high-risk unit from potential flooding in certain areas of your property.  Even a tiny amount of water could cause drastic damage to your system.
  5. Shut it Down: Consider turning off power to your AC unit during strong storms. This could prevent costly dangers from lightning strikes or power surges.  If you have a power outage, head to your electrical box to shut down the AC power manually.  Then wait until power is restored before switching your AC power back to the “on” position.
  6. React Quickly: After a storm, it is important to verify the condition of your system and to check if there was damage.  Our team is available to provide emergency services and help you deal with a storm’s aftereffects.  United’s technicians will do a complete system evaluation to find and fix any damage immediately following a storm.

As conditions heat up in the tropics, the time is now to schedule a maintenance check to proactively identify and prevent issues with your heating and air conditioning. 

Contact our full-service Residential AC Repair and Commercial HVAC Services Company today. 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.

Cool Tips for Summer Refrigeration

Refrigeration performance is crucial every day of the year, but it is particularly important during the summer months. Put simply, summer in Central Florida is hot.  Extreme heat can quickly destroy food supplies during a refrigeration failure.

There are ways to help stores, restaurants, and kitchen facilities avoid the costly dangers of an outage or equipment failure.  The number one solution is to have an ongoing preventative maintenance program established with a commercial refrigeration services and repair company.  For example, at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, our valued customers on preventative maintenance plans enjoy speedy services performed by expert technicians striving to keep your systems up and running and capable of providing emergency services when an issue strikes. 

6 Summer Maintenance Solutions
Performing regularly scheduled maintenance check-ups along with proper cleaning and sanitizing will help to extend the life of your equipment as well as help reduce costly repairs. 

Remember, refrigeration systems are running in high gear to combat the brutal summer temperatures around Ocala and the Villages. Make sure you or your employees are keeping a watchful eye on how your systems are operating. Appliances and equipment are company assets, which is why we suggest you ensure someone is in charge of assigning or contracting daily, weekly, and monthly tasks of monitoring your systems. 

Here are suggestions to optimize refrigeration performance at your Florida business:

  1. Hire professional technicians to inspect commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, deli cases, ice machines, soft serve machines, and slush machines.
  2. Clean ice machines on a regular basis for proper functioning. An ice machine’s removable parts and bins often require some serious scrubbing. Follow stringent guidelines for washing evaporators and sanitizing for reducing contamination and odors.
  3. Check refrigerant levels. Refrigerant is one of the most essential parts of a cooling system. This needs checked whether you have gas, liquid, or boiling refrigerant.
  4. Check and adjust thermostats, temperatures, and cycling to ensure foods and beverages are being held at the right temperatures.
  5. Monitor and clear drain lines and suction lines, inspect hinges and gaskets, clean condenser coils, inspect fans, and double-check compressors and other components.
  6. Perform proactive maintenance services to diagnose and correct equipment problems or replace parts.  

Hiring a professional technician is important to guaranteeing completion of the appropriate cleaning and maintenance tasks your systems need.  United’s technicians service brands and models like True, Beverage Air, Blue Air, Master-Bilt, and Traulsen.  United is also a service and warranty contractor for commercial ice machines, such as Scotsman, Manitowoc, Hoshizaki, and more.

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 for installations, system maintenance, or repair services.

AC Inspections Spring Up in Florida

Springtime often prompts an increase in air conditioning inspections and maintenance services in Florida. That is because the spring months are primetime for real estate sales, and one of the number one things buyers must consider is the condition of a seller’s AC unit. 

If you are a seller, you will want to make sure your AC system is in tip-top shape before showing your home.  A damaged AC system with poor performance could reduce an offering price or cost you an entire sale.

HVAC Inspections and Maintenance


Smart homebuyers look at the age and quality of a home’s heating and air systems. In addition to requesting a copy of a seller’s maintenance records, most homebuyers will conduct a home inspection to ensure the quality of the system and ductwork prior to closing on a deal.

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, it’s wise to schedule a professional inspection.  United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is your HVAC service company for inspections, preventative maintenance, repairs, and installations.

United’s trained technicians will:

  • Help you verify the age, brand, efficiency rating, fuel type, installation details, thermostat settings, warranties, and other information about the HVAC equipment.
  • Complete a maintenance check to determine if there is any damage, leaks, clogged filters, or corrosion in or around your system.
  • Check outdoor and indoor components as well as ductwork to make sure there aren’t any connection problems, gaps, debris, electrical problems, or other issues.
  • Ensure your units are properly covered, protected, and secured with bolts, hooks, and straps when necessary. 
  • Perform operational checks to ensure the system is performing efficiently.
  • Provide other services, repairs, and recommendations to support optimal performance.

Even if you are a happy homeowner not planning a move, an AC inspection and preventative maintenance check could protect you from any future problems with your heating and air conditioning. 

As a full-service residential AC repair and commercial HVAC service company, we are fully equipped to provide emergency services, preventative maintenance, and new installations for homes and businesses throughout Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas.

Our residential and commercial customers trust us to provide the stability you require for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.  Call 352-629-1187 to set your next appointment.