How System Efficiency Brings Cost Savings

A new year brings new opportunities to fight inflation and boost system efficiency. To ensure peak performance of vital systems, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is offering expert tips for cost savings at residential homes and commercial businesses across North Central Florida.

Save Money and Improve Efficiency in 2023

At United, our 2023 team of HVAC/R certified technicians have specialized skills and hands-on experience in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. From maintenance and repairs to replacements and new installations – we can quickly and correctly complete each job.

Additionally, we strive to be cost-effective when setting a plan of action. In today’s economy, it is more important than ever to trust budget-minded experts for improving system efficiency.

3 Tips from HVAC and Refrigeration Experts

  • Take Actions to Control Costs: Age and efficiency ratings affect the performance of your systems, but there are also actions you can take to save money. First, all major appliances and systems require regular cleanings and inspections. For example, it is critical to regularly replace filters and schedule preventative maintenance services to mitigate risks of any damage, leaks, corrosion, or operational issues within your HVAC and refrigeration systems. With the cost of parts rising, a money-saving maintenance program could help you avoid expensive breakdowns. 
  • Repair for Cost-Effectiveness:  Energy efficiency is contingent on the working components of your systems.  For example, refrigeration systems need tight seals, working exhaust fans, sturdy hardware, and other parts to function and not waste energy.  In addition to prompt repairs to reduce risks of system failures, our certified technicians can offer guidance on energy-efficient parts and replacements. We will help you weigh the options for making general repairs on older units or replacing systems with newer models.
  • Replace for Future Savings: An old and poorly functioning system could be overrunning and wasting electricity. When an older system has reached the end of its lifespan, our experts can recommend a newer, more efficient model for your home or business. Beyond the financial savings and the warranties, a new HVAC system or refrigeration system could come with greater operational value and fewer worries about downtime or repairs.

As always, United delivers clear and direct communication to support customer service and boost efficiency. Safety, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness are top of mind when serving valued customers, residential homeowners, and businessowners throughout Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas of North Central Florida. 

Happy New Year! We are your Residential and Commercial Services Company. Contact United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team at 352-629-1187 today.

Holiday Helpers for Your HVAC Systems

As your holiday helpers, the technicians at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air are here with tips and solutions to help your HVAC systems survive and thrive this season.

This time of year, North Central Florida homeowners and businessowners must keep a watchful eye on their HVAC systems. Tis the season for holiday houseguests messing with your thermostats. Also, crowded spaces are overheating businesses, and all those visitors coming and going are causing temperature fluctuations for indoor spaces.

5 Helpful HVAC Tips for the Holidays in Florida
To ensure your HVAC systems, air conditioners, and heat pumps handle any increased pressure during the holidays in Florida, consider these helpful HVAC tips:

  • On a regular basis, monitor your thermostats and control temperatures for operational efficiency. Try to prevent any extreme indoor temperature fluctuations. In Florida, you may need to open or close windows and run ceiling fans. Also, be sure to run exhaust fans in kitchens when doing all that holiday cooking and baking.
  • Importantly, try to prevent problems before they strike by scheduling United’s preventative maintenance services in Ocala, the Villages, or surrounding areas. United’s technicians will come to your home or business to complete inspections, clean systems, and help prevent risks that could hinder your holiday spirit.
  • As always, make sure you are also caring for your HVAC systems by changing air filters and creating clean operational conditions. Clean filters and clear air vents will help ensure nothing is obstructing airflow for maintaining comfortable room temperatures. For fresher air solutions, ask United’s experts about whole-home purification systems to filter out odors, allergens, bacteria, viruses, and more.
  • Also, consider adding HVAC accessories to your holiday gift list. For example, smart thermostats are a wise way to handle the hot-to-cold range of Florida’s temperature fluctuations. New devices can be easily installed and adjusted using mobile apps.
  • Finally, no matter how busy you get this holiday season, it is always important to address any HVAC issues, such as noticeable changes, loose connections, excess water in the pan, or debris around your exterior unit. Proper operations require cohesively functioning parts. Cleanings and timely repairs to replace faulty parts are essential for proper operations and for the longevity of your HVAC system.

United’s quick response and preventative programs can help mitigate risks of costly issues or breakdowns during the busy holidays. We are prepared to offer you solutions for repairs, upgrades, and preventative maintenance this month and throughout the New Year.

Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with experienced professionals about the best solutions for your HVAC systems.

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 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.

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.