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.

5 Tips for Heating Up the New Year

As we ring in the New Year, we are also bringing in cooler temperatures.  This means HVAC systems across North Central Florida have shifted from cooling to heating to keep you comfortable.

With Florida’s generally milder climate during the winter months, the majority of homes and businesses around Ocala and The Villages utilize highly efficient central air and heat-pump systems operating on electricity. Heat pumps and A/C systems offer a year-round solution for Floridians, but there are some homes with gas-operated furnaces in our area.

As your full-service HVAC experts, we can assist with maintaining your existing equipment or upgrading your systems in 2019.  To start the New Year off right, here are simple tips to help you save money, ensure efficiency, and extend the life of your heating system:

Change the Filter

It may not feel like your system is running as hard in the winter, but it is just as important to change your air filter in January as it is to change it during Florida’s brutal summer months. Continual, clean airflow is essential for proper functioning.  A clogged filter or obstructed vent can hinder air circulation, interfere with comfortable room temperatures, and prolong run-time, which costs you more money.

Keep it Clean

Regularly monitor both your outdoor unit and air handler for any noticeable changes or issues. Check to make sure there are not any loose connections, which could create a dangerous electrical issue.  Also, remove any debris around your outdoor unit and make sure the condenser coils remain clean.

Promote Efficiency

Different manufacturers mention thermostat settings for heating efficiency, some of which recommend between 65 degrees and 70 degrees for heating purposes during the winter months. Many of us love the programmable thermostat options for adjusting hourly temperature needs, but some experts suggest keeping your system set at one temperature.  During your next check-up, be sure to ask United’s technician for advice in setting your system for optimal efficiency.

Take Precaution

If you are supplementing heat in a small area with a portable space heater this winter, be sure to only use a wall outlet that doesn’t have anything else plugged into it.  Also, never use an extension cord, which could cause overheating or electrical issues. If you are a Floridian with a gas furnace in your home, we also advise the installation of a carbon-monoxide detector to ensure safety.

Annual Check-Up

The New Year could be a perfect time to schedule preventative maintenance or a tune-up.  Remember that dirty or corroded parts and other abnormal functions can cause your system to work harder and use more electricity than necessary. Prevention could be the key to saving money and promoting safety.

Happy New Year! 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.

Indoor Air Quality and Purification

In most cases the air inside your home is more polluted than the air outside due to the many things we use in our daily lives. Gas stoves, stringent house cleaners, trapped pollen and particulate matter and many other types of irritants reside in your home. If you have pets then you have dust mites too. None of this is meant to alarm you but there are steps you could and should take to improve your home life and even health.

At United Refrigeration we trust GPS (Global Plasma Solutions) for your home air purification. They are the pioneers in needlepoint bi-polar ionization cold plasma technology. What does all that really mean? Here are some basic explanations of the many benefits of needlepoint cold plasma solutions.

Odor Control – needlepoint ionization actually breaks down gases with electron-volt below 12. This means that that it converts compounds like oxygen, nitrogen, water vapor and carbon dioxide to a harmless level. From their website here is an explanation; “A simple example would be formaldehyde, which is produced by building furnishings and thought to be carcinogenic; formaldehyde breaks down to carbon dioxide and water vapor, thus eliminating the health hazard. Another example is ammonia, which is produced by occupants (typical body odor smell), and ammonia breaks down to oxygen, nitrogen and water vapor. As you can see, what chemical you start with determines how it reacts with the ionization field and how it breaks down.”

Airborne Particles – Positive and negative ions attach to particles, grow larger and increase filtration effectiveness.
Kills Virus, Bacteria and Mold – ions are also attracted to pathogens. These ions starve the pathogens of hydrogen. Thus, rendering the airborne virus inactive.

Controls Allergens – The positive and negative ions flow through your system into your home. As they deactivate airborne contaminants it impacts your breathable air. It is not uncommon to see a reduction in symptoms and use of needed medicines.

No Replacement Parts – One of the biggest benefits is that GPS’s needlepoint technology does not require maintenance. No replacing parts, light bulbs, tubes or the like. Your first investment in this technology is your only investment.

If you are interested in how United Refrigeration can help you keep your home at the perfect temperature while also managing the ultimate air purification process for you and your family then contact us today! When it comes to your heating and air conditioning needs we are all about your needs. We focus on quality, are trusted by our customers and have the experience to provide the stability you require for all of your heating and ac needs.