7 Spring Cleaning Tips for Commercial Refrigeration

Maintenance

Spring has sprung across North Central Florida, making now a perfect time for cleaning your refrigeration systems and inspecting for peak performance.

Commercial refrigeration systems require maintenance and inspections for optimal operations.  The experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air strive to help our customers keep systems clean and maintained to optimize functions and prevent health hazards. 

Here are seven expert tips for Refrigerators, Freezers, and Ice Machines:

  1. Most importantly, pre-schedule professional cleanings and maintenance services.  United’s professionals are your best protection against system failures. Each brand requires different protocols, which is why it is important to trust the experts for maintaining and protecting refrigeration equipment.
  2. Also, be sure to follow the basic care guidelines in your manual.  Every ice machine, soft serve machine, slush machine, commercial walk-in, reach-in cooler, and deli case has an operational manual for daily usage, cleanings, settings, and basic care.
  3. With swiftness, address any and all issues. Winter, spring, summer, or fall — if something smells funny, looks odd, seems warm, or feels slimy – it is time for a professional cleaning and inspection to diagnose and fix the issue. A tiny leak might start with a temperature issue, but it can lead to a full system failure or end up as a serious health code violation.
  4. Frequently, perform sanitizing to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, fungi, mold, yeast, slime, and microorganisms. A little elbow grease can prevent big issues like food contamination. Use appropriate disinfecting solutions to scrub interiors, bins, and parts.
  5. It is critical for restaurants, kitchen facilities, food vendors, and stores to protect perishable food supplies. Monitoring expiration dates, discarding risky items, and removing frost are essential cleaning measures.
  6. Also, remember to remove any interior and exterior dust. Dusting is a must when spring cleaning. Dust can build up and hinder heat transfer around system coils. That is why dust removal is important for refrigeration systems to function.
  7. Deep cleanings require more than dusting. It is also important to clear drains and replace any broken-down items, such as repairing faulty parts, fans, or gaskets to ensure proper operations and to help support the longevity of your systems.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air specializes in helping customers clean and maintain commercial refrigerators, freezers, and ice machines.  Our expert technicians also offer emergency repairs, service warranties, and new installations for high-efficiency upgrades.

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.

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.