10 HVAC Tips for Florida’s Winter Months

Frozen Air Conditioner

In Florida, winter does not always mean cold weather.  In fact, HVAC systems across North Central Florida often change gears from cooling to heating on a day-to-day basis.  Taking care of your central air and heat-pump systems is critical for not only keeping comfortable, but also for extending the life of your systems.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air has experts on standby to provide rapid services during this holiday season and into the New Year. It may not feel like your HVAC systems are working as hard during Florida’s milder winter months, but year-round system care remains important. 

HVAC System Settings and Maintenance

As full-service HVAC experts, we have compiled these 10 tips to help our neighbors across Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas this winter. 

  1. Avoid HVAC system failures during the winter months by pre-scheduling regular maintenance services. A professional inspection to assess any issues could mitigate future risks and keep your systems in tip-top condition.
  2. Add a programmable “smart” thermostat to your holiday shopping list for simpler adjustments in handling Florida’s winter temperature fluctuations. Simply install and use apps on your mobile device to control temperatures in your home or business.
  3. Ask United’s technician regarding thermostat settings to boost efficiencyDepending on the make, type, and model of your system, manufacturers will suggest different temperature ranges for heating and cooling purposes.
  4. Change your filters often. This is typically a monthly task, but United’s experts may suggest more frequent changes due to system usage or operations.
  5. Clean your air vents to make sure there is not anything obstructing or hindering airflow. Clean airflow is critical for proper functioning and comfortable room temperatures.
  6. Regularly inspect both your indoor and outdoor units to ensure there is no debris, dust, corrosion, build-up, or water disturbing the system. 
  7. Monitor your systems for any visual changes, such as loose connections.  These could lead to dangerous electrical issues, in addition to operational problems.
  8. Implement protective measures such as coverings or platforms to protect systems from water or debris.  Enlist the help of United’s technicians for protective tips and advice.
  9. Prevent extreme temperature fluctuations by opening/closing windows, running ceiling fans, and running exhaust fans in kitchens and baths to reduce humidity. 
  10. Make timely repairs and replace faulty parts. Proper operations require cohesively functioning parts.  Remember, rapid response and prevention can be your protection against more costly issues or breakdowns.

Happy Holidays to our neighbors across Central Florida! 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.

Refrigeration Tips to Prevent Issues from Springing Up

AC Maintenance

Spring has sprung, which makes March an important time to inspect your commercial refrigeration systems.  Issues often arise when the weather heats up and cooling operations increase, which is why the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air are offering essential tips for preventing problems before they spring up at your business.

7-Point Spring Checklist for Commercial Refrigeration

United Refrigeration has decades of experience in keeping commercial refrigeration systems operating efficiently for customers throughout Sumter and Marion Counties.  Here are ways businesses can support the longevity of ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, deli cases, or freezers. 

  1. Avoid a refrigeration system failure during business hours by pre-scheduling regular maintenance services. A professional inspection to assess operations and diagnose issues could help you prevent future risks.
  2. Regularly inspect auto-closers, doors, and gaskets for air leaks. Check for gaps, puddles, and moisture or water droplets around the unit. Gaps will waste energy and allow warm air to enter into your system, which is harmful for perishables.  
  3. Be sure there is adequate space around your refrigeration system.  This will improve airflow around heat exchange coils. 
  4. Utilize accessories and implement protective measures to optimize operations.  For example, prevent air loss and temperature fluctuations with motion sensors for case-lighting systems.  If you have open cases, consider investing in night curtains.
  5. Perform interior and exterior cleanings to keep your systems clean, sanitized, and running efficiently. Follow manufacturer guidelines or contact United Refrigeration’s experts for cleaning assistance and maintenance programs.
  6. Refrigeration systems require vigilant care for efficient operations.  Remove dust from all system coils.  This can improve heat transfer and functionality.
  7. Make timely repairs and replace faulty parts. Proper operations require cohesively functioning hardware, fans, gaskets, and other parts.

In addition to professional inspections and preventative maintenance programs, United Refrigeration, Heating and Air can help evaluate the lifespan and condition of your refrigerators, freezers, and ice machines to determine if you need an upgrade or if a new installation is appropriate.

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.

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.