10 Storm Protection Tips for Florida Refrigeration and Air

Smart homeowners and businessowners know that storm protection is necessary for their refrigeration systems and air conditioners.  Why does it matter so much in North Central Florida? For starters, we see a lot of stormy weather. More importantly, however, Florida is ranked number one for experiencing the most hurricanes in U.S. history.

Due to the high risks for major storms, Floridians must stay ready for anything that comes our way. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ready.gov promotes readiness each September for National Preparedness Month. The goal is to emphasize the importance of protecting our homes, businesses, and communities before a disaster strikes.

Protecting Vital Systems from Major Storms

The experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air suggest these 10 tips for preventing risks and protecting your most vital systems:

  1. Understand the risk factors. Refrigerators, freezers, and HVAC systems are particularly vulnerable to power surges, lightning strikes, and water damage caused by storms.
  2. Familiarize yourself with operations. Being aware of the general condition, appearance, and functionality of properly running systems can help you more easily spot potential problems or issues, such as temperature changes, leaks, loose wiring, or corrosion.
  3. Have trusted experts on standby. With United’s on-call experts, you will rest assured that we can help you before, during, and after storms impacting North Central Florida.
  4. Know what to do and where to go.  Surprisingly, many people do not know where their shutoff valves are or which electrical box switches to flip for their most vital systems. Knowing what to do and what steps to take are a key to system protection.
  5. Unplug systems for protection. Seems simple, but many people fail to unplug systems during a power outage. Unplugging can prevent a damaging surge upon the return of power.
  6. Shutdown other utilities for safety.  In addition to electricity, it could also be wise to turn off gas or shutoff water before, during, or after a major storm to prevent further damage.
  7. Mitigate risks in certain areas.  Whether an outdoor unit or a high-risk area, it is imperative to consider moving or elevating systems for protection against wind, debris, or water. Ask United’s experts about covers, straps, bolts, platforms, and other solutions to avoid hazards.
  8. Quickly address water damage. The intrusion of water or leaking parts can destroy refrigeration, heating, and air systems. It is crucial to remove water near systems and to make prompt repairs if you have leaking pipes or spot water damage after a storm.
  9. Schedule a post-storm inspection. In addition to personally checking your systems, it is smart to call in United’s experts to perform a post-storm inspection to verify that no underlying damage was done due to a storm, leak, or power outage.
  10. Plan regular maintenance. Beyond the storm protocols, it is equally important to schedule regular maintenance, cleanings, and inspections to protect the longevity of your systems.

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 maintenance or repair services.

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.