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.

Refrigeration Services for a Fresh Start to 2021

Commercial Refrigeration

The New Year is finally here, which means it is time for a fresh start. The chilly month of January is also prime time to make sure your refrigeration systems are maintaining their cool.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is prepared to ensure businesses across Ocala, The Villages, and Central Florida keep all refrigeration systems up-and-running throughout 2021. Our technicians understand that system efficiency is critical for restaurants, food suppliers, and other businesses needing to stay open and serve customers throughout the year.

4 Value-Added Solutions for Commercial Refrigeration Systems

By choosing United’s professional services, you reap the benefits of rapid service, trained technicians, equipment specialists, and efficiency experts.

  1. RAPID SERVICE: United’s technicians offer emergency services for 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 necessary components. 
  • TRAINED TECHNICIANS: Our technicians are trained to accurately diagnose and precisely correct equipment issues or problems.  We come prepared to assist with replacing faulty parts, correcting mechanical issues, and providing new installations.  In addition to major services and repairs, our technicians will also monitor and check for proper temperatures, cycling, refrigerant, seals, as well as functioning of doors, auto-closers, hinges, and gaskets to ensure there are no gaps, air leaks, or breakage.
  • EQUIPMENT SPECIALISTS: United’s team is equipped to service a wide array of commercial refrigeration equipment.  We specialize in many brands and models, such as True, Beverage Air, Blue Air, Master-Bilt, and Traulsen.  We are also a recommended service and warranty contractor for major brands of commercial ice machines, including Scotsman, Manitowoc, Hoshizaki, and more.
  • EFFICIENCY EXPERTS: Preventative maintenance is a top priority, which is why United Refrigeration offers affordable programs to maintain your refrigeration equipment and ice machines. Services and programs include regularly scheduled maintenance check-ups along with stringent cleanings, sanitizing, evaluations, and check-ups to extend the life of your equipment, limit downtime, and reduce your risks of costly system failures.

Don’t let a system failure cost you money, wasted energy, or inventory losses.  Trust United to offer solutions for your refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning needs. 

Happy New Year! 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.

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.

4 Fall Tips for Efficient Refrigeration

Commercial Refrigeration Repair

Nobody wants to fall into a refrigeration breakdown at a place of business during the fall or holiday season.  That is why now is a critical time to evaluate and perform preventative maintenance on your refrigeration systems, freezers, ice machines, and other vital equipment.

The experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air offer preventative maintenance programs to limit downtime and keep businesses running efficiently across Ocala, The Villages, and North Central Florida.  We stay ready to provide commercial refrigeration services and onsite repairs for your restaurants, kitchen facilities, stores, and other businesses. To keep your systems running throughout the seasons, United’s experts are providing four of the most important reminders for fall 2019.

Important To Dos for Commercial Refrigeration

  1. Schedule an affordable check-up and preventative maintenance service to ensure proper functioning, identify any issues, and mitigate risks to avoid costly repairs.
  2. Perform stringent cleaning of refrigerators and ice machines to maintain proper sanitation and to extend the life of commercial equipment. 
  3. Evaluate the age and condition of your refrigerators, freezers, and ice machines to determine if you need an upgrade or a new installation prior to the hectic holidays.
  4. Establish a relationship with our professional on-call technicians for emergency services before the busy season. United is quick to deliver rapid repairs for valued customers.

Why Fall is Primetime for Refrigeration Services

It won’t be long before your coolers and freezers are stocked full of holiday food supplies and brimming with beverages and spirits for the holiday rush.  These fall “To-Dos” are provided to help Florida businesses avoid costly breakdowns and to keep your food supplies safe and refreshments chilled now and throughout the holiday season. 

Don’t hesitate to contact United’s technicians for knowledgeable help with any 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. 

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.

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.

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.

Tis the Season for Refrigeration Services

Fresh food and refreshments are a top priority during Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  The hustle and bustle of November and December push refrigeration systems into high gear.  Giant frozen turkeys fill walk-in freezers and demands for holiday drinks keep coolers and ice machines working overtime throughout The Villages, Ocala, and Central Florida.

At United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air, we completely understand how crucial it is to have a repair company on-call for commercial refrigeration services and repairs. Our expert technicians are often called onsite to restaurants, kitchen facilities, stores, and other businesses to quickly assess situations and figure out the best way to get systems back up and running.

Fast Repairs & Maintenance Services

United provides emergency services for 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 necessary components.  Our central Florida-based technicians are trained to correctly diagnose and quickly correct your equipment problems – whether you need a new part for your ice machine or a refrigerator replacement in time for the holiday rush.

It’s important to choose a repair company that is equipped to service your equipment.  That is why United’s team specializes in countless brands and models like True, Beverage Air, Blue Air, Master-Bilt, and Traulsen.  We are also a recommended service and warranty contractor for major brands of commercial ice machines, including Scotsman, Manitowoc, Hoshizaki, and more.

Beyond installations and services, United Refrigeration offers preventative maintenance programs for all of your refrigeration equipment and ice machines. Performing regularly scheduled maintenance check-ups along with proper cleaning and sanitizing will help to extend the life of your equipment as well as reduce costly repairs. Ice machines, for example, require stringent cleaning schedules for proper functioning.  Trust our experts to help you clean, replace parts, and perform proactive maintenance services to limit downtime and keep you running through the holidays and the New Year.

Our commercial and residential customers throughout The Villages, Ocala, Sumpter and Marion Counties trust us for refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning services.  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.