3 Fundamental Tips for Freezer Storage and Refrigeration

In North Central Florida, May ushers in rising temperatures and an increased demand on freezer storage and commercial refrigeration. Now is an important time for businesses across Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas to ensure refrigeration systems are running at peak performance for proper food storage and safety.

Don’t Underestimate the Cost of Refrigeration System Failures
Unfortunately, refrigeration and freezer failures go beyond repairs or scheduling a new installation.  Temperature malfunctions, corroded parts, unsanitary conditions, and system breakdowns can also destroy food supplies. Freezing and refrigerating foods at the correct temperature is essential for preventing the growth of harmful bacteria, fungi, mold, yeasts, and other microorganisms. 

Simply put, the cost of downtime and throwing out perishable food supplies comes at a high price. That is why prevention is the key to protecting your freezers for safe food storage. 

Commercial Refrigeration and Preventative Maintenance Plans
Restaurants, kitchen facilities, food vendors, and stores can take proactive measures to protect their commercial refrigeration systems. Consider these fundamental tips to protect, monitor, and clean your commercial walk-in freezers, reach-in freezers, refrigerators, reach-in coolers, deli cases, and other food storage systems:

  1. PROTECT: Prevent problems before they happen by starting a preventative maintenance plan with professional technicians.  United Refrigeration, Heating and Air offers value-added preventative plans and options, which include checking refrigerant levels, inspections of fans and compressors, securing hinges, checking gaskets, clearing drains, cleaning system parts, making repairs, and other vital services.
  • MONITOR: Ensure your employees and management teams diligently evaluate and observe system performance.  As a company asset stocked full of inventory, you will want your team monitoring temperatures, cleanliness, and performance during day-to-day operations. United’s technicians can provide you advice regarding how to check and adjust thermostats, temperatures, and cycling for food storage safety.
  • CLEAN: Perform frequent cleanings of all refrigeration systems as well as your ice machines. This includes sanitizing interiors, bins, and parts. Proper cleaning protocols can boost efficiency and extend the life of your equipment. In addition to optimizing system performance, stringent cleanings can reduce food contamination and odors.

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.  Each brand requires different protocols, which is why it is important to trust the professionals to maintain and protect your equipment.

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

7 Tips for Frost-Free Ice Machines and Freezers

Icicles and frosty snowmen are wonderful holiday décor, but no one wants frost to build-up in ice machines, freezers, and refrigeration systems this time of year. 

All around Ocala, The Villages, and Central Florida, you can find restaurants, food suppliers, and other businesses bustling with holiday activity.  This is no time for a refrigeration system issue or failure, which is why United Refrigeration, Heating and Air has put together a few tips to help keep your systems clean and frost-free this season.

Refrigerator System Maintenance and Cleanings

Ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, coolers, and freezers require regular maintenance checks. Here are seven tips for frost-free operation:   

  1. Create a Maintenance Schedule: First, create a maintenance schedule for both professional and in-house care of your systems. It is important to clean ice machines, freezers, and refrigeration systems on a regular basis.
  2. Monitor Thermostats and Refrigerant: Assign the task for consistently monitoring and adjusting thermostats, temperatures, cycling, and refrigerant levels in your cooling systems for proper performance.
  3. Maintain a Tight Seal: Always monitor the proper functioning of doors, auto-closers, hinges, and gaskets. Gaps, air leaks, and breakage will both waste energy and waste food.  The system will need more energy to maintain temperatures and food could spoil if the right temperatures are not consistent. 
  4. Perform Stringent Cleanings: Follow manufacturer guidelines in cleaning and maintaining your ice machines and other refrigeration equipment. An ice machine’s removable parts and bins will require frequent scrubbing. Also, follow instructions for washing evaporators and sanitizing measures for reducing contamination and odors.
  5. Give Your System Space: You can promote airflow and energy efficiency by providing several inches of space around your heat-exchange coils and systems.
  6. Add Special Features: Machine alarms, special covers, night curtains for open cases, and motion sensors for case-lighting systems could help you keep systems running more efficiently and help you avoid frost now and into the New Year.
  7. Call in the Professionals: You might find quick-fix ideas on the Internet, such as defrosting with a blow dryer, but those tips cannot compare to professional services.  United’s experts offer preventative maintenance and cleanings to eliminate frost, remove build-up, clear drain lines, inspect fans, check compressors, and ensure all hardware and coils are problem-free to improve efficiency and prevent the need for costly repairs.

United Refrigeration’s team is prepared to provide emergency cleanings, repairs, and maintenance for an array of makes and models of refrigerators, coolers, freezers, and ice machines. For over 30 years, we have been keeping commercial refrigeration systems operating efficiently for businesses throughout Sumter and Marion Counties. 

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