Efficiency Tips for Commercial Refrigeration

Day in and day out, efficient refrigeration is critical for restaurants and food suppliers around Ocala, The Villages, and Central Florida. While the winter season seems slow for some businesses, the food industry sees a major rush in mid-February, as studies show that Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times of the year for restaurants.

Nobody wants to endure a refrigeration system failure when busily trying to serve customers, which is why United Refrigeration’s team remains on stand-by to serve your emergency repair needs for an array of makes and models of refrigerators, coolers, freezers, and ice machines. 

Energy Use with Refrigerator Systems
In addition to refrigeration services and preventative maintenance, United’s team likes to educate our customers with information about how they can prolong the life of their systems, while also saving money and controlling energy use.

Ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, and deli cases use a lot of energy.  These machines operate around the clock to keep perishables cold. Here are some suggestions for efficiency:

  • Inspect and Seal: Keep an eye on the condition of auto-closers, doors, and gaskets.  A gap can allow Florida’s humid air to enter your refrigeration system, which could spoil your food supply.  Also, air leaks waste energy and make your system work harder than necessary to maintain appropriate temperatures.  Businesses can also promote energy efficiency by ensuring there is plenty of space around the entire refrigeration system to allow airflow around the heat-exchange coils.
  • Clean and Maintain: Regularly scheduled maintenance coupled with stringent cleanings will help cut back on costly repairs. Be sure to keep the entire refrigeration system clean and the coils dust-free to improve heat transfer. Remember, your ice machines and refrigeration equipment may not function efficiently if cleanings aren’t properly performed.  Follow manufacturer guidelines or contact United Refrigeration’s experts for cleaning assistance and maintenance programs.
  • Repair or Replace: Energy efficiency relies on properly working components, including exhaust fans, make-up air fans, gaskets, hardware, and other parts.  Special features such as motion sensors for case-lighting systems and night curtains for open cases are also helpful for saving energy.  We would be happy to provide customized guidance on energy-efficient parts and services to help save your business save money.

For over 30 years, we’ve been keeping commercial refrigeration systems operating efficiently for customers throughout Sumter and Marion Counties.  United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is prepared to assess situations, diagnose issues, and determine the most cost-effective way to keep your systems up and running this winter and throughout the year.

Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about installations, system efficiency, or repair services.

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