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.

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. 

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.

Hottest Summer Tips for Reliable Refrigeration

In North Central Florida, August is notorious for hot and stormy weather.  Reliable refrigeration is essential this time of year, which is why the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have compiled the hottest tips to help you stay cool with solutions to protect your refrigeration systems.

3 Ways to Care for Commercial Refrigeration Systems

There is no time for failure when it comes to commercial refrigeration systems, freezers, ice machines, and other equipment.  Continual care, preventative maintenance, and professional evaluations are the best ways to keep systems running efficiently. 

  1. Our hottest tip for preventing a failure is to start a preventative maintenance program.  United’s experts provide regular maintenance and scheduled check-ups for restaurants, stores, kitchen facilities, and other businesses around The Villages, Ocala, and surrounding areas of North Central Florida.
  2. If you seek reliability, then be sure to perform stringent cleanings and system care. This includes cleaning and sanitizing parts, eliminating corrosion, monitoring for proper temperatures, identifying any functional issues, examining auto-closures, securing seals, checking refrigerant, and mitigating risks before there is even a chance for downtime.
  3. Finally, evaluate conditions and make repairs when necessary. This includes evaluating your system’s age and replacing when needed to avoid inventory losses or downtime.  United’s technicians can help you evaluate the condition of your systems and provide expert advice for cost-effective repairs or new installations when necessary for reliable operations.

Trust the Experts for Refrigeration Repairs and Installations

United’s commercial refrigeration experts are prepared to provide maintenance and repairs for ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, deli cases, exhaust fans, make-up air fans, gaskets, door hardware, and all other components.

As factory certified service and warranty experts, United offers maintenance and programs to extend the life of your name brand equipment.  Our expertise includes Traulsen, Victory, Stoelting, Kolpak, Master-Bilt, Continental, Kairak, Electro Freeze, Blue Air, Beverage-Air, True, and many more.

Additionally, United offers emergency services provided by trained technicians to accurately diagnose and precisely correct equipment issues or problems.  We come prepared to assist with replacing faulty parts, correcting mechanical issues, and completing new installations. 

North Central Florida customers trust us for refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning services.  Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air at 352-629-1187 to set your next installation, system maintenance, or repair service.

4 Preparedness Tips to Protect Your Systems

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to highlight the importance of preparing our homes, schools, businesses, and communities for natural and man-made disasters or emergencies. According to Ready.gov, the National Preparedness Month theme for 2020 is: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”  

With hurricane season in full swing, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more critical time for homeowners and businessowners to understand ways to prevent risks and protect assets. As your preventative maintenance experts, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is offering preparedness tips for protecting your refrigeration equipment and HVAC systems.

How Floridians Plan and Prepare for System Protection
The time to prepare is now for folks across Ocala, The Villages, and North Central Florida. Here are general tips for homeowners wanting to protect an AC unit, storeowners needing to optimize HVAC systems, or businessowners needing to maintain commercial refrigeration systems, freezers, ice machines, and other equipment. 

  1. Financially plan by budgeting for potential costs associated with disasters, emergencies, or system breakdowns. Manage your budget with an ongoing preventative maintenance program, including cleanings, filter changes, drain clearing, inspections, and other services. From checking refrigerant levels to adjusting thermostats, maintenance is essential for preventing a costly disaster before it strikes a home or business. 
  2. Prevention is also key to avoiding the dangers of a power outage. Lightning strikes, power surges, and power outages are concerns for Floridians. Sometimes the safest method is to shut down or unplug any vital systems during a storm. Know where electrical boxes and shutoff valves are located. Be prepared to take safety steps, such as shutting off electric, gas, or water during an emergency. After a storm or outage, schedule a maintenance check to ensure there was no damage done to your systems.
  3. Water is a major hazard that could cause corrosion or wreak havoc on refrigeration, heating, and air systems.  Always quickly repair leaks and remove any water near your systems. Promptly contact United’s technicians if your systems are impacted by water, leaking pipes, or flooding.  In addition to maintenance checks or repairs, United’s technicians may recommend moving or elevating systems in high-risk areas.
  4. For additional safety, always ensure heavy equipment and large systems are covered, protected, or secured as needed with bolts, hooks, and straps. A maintenance check could help you determine if your equipment and systems are in a secure position and could also protect you from avoidable disasters.

As a full-service AC repair, HVAC service, and commercial refrigeration company, United’s team stands ready to provide emergency service as well as preventative maintenance now during hurricane season and throughout the year for your home or business.  

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 your system maintenance or repair services.

Summer Reset for Refrigeration Systems

Summer AC Maintenance

Prolonged heat and humidity of North Central Florida’s summer months often force refrigeration systems to work overtime. That is why preventative maintenance to inspect and reset your system for efficiency can be key to avoiding breakdowns and extending the life of your equipment.

Your summer 2020 reset can start with a simple phone call to schedule a mid-year maintenance check. Based in Ocala, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s technicians are prepared to inspect any and all of your commercial refrigeration systems, including ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, deli cases, exhaust fans, make-up air fans, gaskets, door hardware, and other components. United’s preventative maintenance services are designed to ensure proper functioning, identify any potential issues, and mitigate risks of costly repairs down the road.

What to Do When a Refrigeration Repair or Restart Is Needed

When a problem strikes, a reset is often the first thing we think to do. For example, if an icemaker stops making ice, your reaction may be to unplug and manually restart the machine for a quick fix.  Although oftentimes, the best protocol for avoiding further system damage is to hire a professional technician to inspect the entire system thoroughly for any possible problems before a restart.   

Why? Because many manufacturers design complex systems with control circuits and defined rules for restart procedures. United’s technicians clean, maintain, and 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.  Each brand requires different protocols and repair methods, which is why it is important to trust the professionals to maintain and protect your equipment.

Commercial Refrigeration Maintenance Plans and Services

Food vendors, restaurants, kitchen facilities, and other businesses across Ocala and The Villages simply cannot afford to risk an equipment failure or loss of food supplies in today’s economic climate.  United Refrigeration, Heating and Air, has designed preventative maintenance plans to support your needs and keep your systems up and running. 

Depending on your service plan and the condition of your system, your inspection and maintenance services may include stringent cleaning or sanitizing to ensure proper functioning, checking refrigerant levels in the cooling system, resetting thermostats and cycling to proper temperatures, clearing drain lines, cleaning coils, securing hinges, as well as inspecting fans, compressors, and other components.  If needed, certain parts may need replaced before resetting your system to its most efficient operation levels.

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

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.

How to Help Your AC Handle the Holidays

North Central Florida’s weather can fluctuate from humid and hot to dry and bitter cold during the month of December. You might be sunbathing by your pool in The Villages one day, or strolling through downtown Ocala’s streets in a sweater the next day.

Some Floridians greatly enjoy these weather variations, but heating and air systems may be doing extra work to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home this time of year. Adding to the exertion is the increased activity during the holidays. You may have houseguests staying in your guestroom, and they may insist on running your AC ragged for cooler temperatures. Perhaps you will be hosting holiday parties, and the entrance doors are open longer than usual due to the flow of people coming and going to the festivities. In totality, these factors could create an increased usage of your HVAC systems this month.

To ensure the stability you require for all of your heating and cooling needs, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air recommends the following tips:

Be Proactive with AC Maintenance:

Residential and commercial customers throughout Ocala and The Villages often need efficient solutions as well as unexpected repairs when the busy holiday season rolls around, which is why preventative maintenance is key to identifying problems before they start.  Scheduling a system check-up prior to a guest’s arrival or a big holiday event could protect you from experiencing any problems or damage to your system.

Be Quick with Expert Repairs:

Repair delays may sometimes make matters worse. If a repair is needed, be sure to act quickly and seek help from only qualified experts.  All of United’s technicians are in direct contact with a senior-level service technician at our company. If one of our technicians is on a service call and comes across a unique or unfamiliar issue, he or she can coordinate immediate assistance to solve the problem in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Be Wise with Time and Money:

In addition to being able to quickly identify or fix issues with your heating or air systems, United’s technicians can offer you a time estimate of how long it will take to order, obtain, and replace any particular parts. This gives you a valuable opportunity to prepare financially for any potential system repairs or replacements in the future.

Whatever your needs are for cooling or heating this holiday season, United’s team is prepared to offer solutions for preventative maintenance, upgrading systems, or servicing your current equipment.

Happy Holidays to our fellow Floridians! 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.