5 Facts About Your HVAC Tech

When your air conditioner malfunctions, there is no better sight for sore eyes than your HVAC Tech. In the heat of Florida’s summer months, it makes sense to celebrate these service professionals repairing, replacing, and maintaining your essential HVAC systems. 

In celebration of National HVAC Tech Day on June 22, our team at United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air is listing five facts to know about our hardworking HVAC technicians.

  1. Educated and Certified: For an HVAC certification, qualified candidates must complete an accredited HVAC Program, typically ranging from six months to three years depending on the trade school, vocational school, or diploma program.

  2. Skilled and Highly Trained: At United, our certified technicians often pursue extended education and specialized skills including heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration for HVAC/R certifications. From troubleshooting to replacing, certified technicians have the hands-on experience and training to complete a job from beginning to end.

  3. Technical and Practical Knowledge: In addition to understanding the mechanics of heating and cooling systems, certified technicians are equipped in using power tools for repairing individual parts, such as pipes or pumps. In addition, techs have complete capabilities for installing new systems for residential homes and commercial businesses.

  4. Problem-Solving Expertise: As analytical thinkers, HVAC Techs must find the source of a problem and determine the most efficient approach to fixing it. For example, in addition to general repairs, United’s technicians will clean systems and evaluate operations to make sure there are no leaking pipes, drainage issues, or corroded parts.

  5. High-Quality Service Providers:  Beyond working with heavy machinery and intricate system components, HVAC Techs must be fluent in providing direct customer service through clear communication and efficiency. For United’s technicians – safety, timeliness, and cost-efficiency are always top of mind when serving valued customers, residential homeowners, and businessowners.

United’s HVAC Techs will make sure systems stay up-and-running all summer around Ocala, the Villages, and across North Central Florida.  United’s technicians remain on-call to complete your HVAC system evaluations, maintenance, emergency repairs, and new installations. 

Contact our full-service Residential AC Repair and Commercial HVAC Services Company today. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team at 352-629-1187 to set your next appointment.

Energy-Efficient Tips and Systems to Save Money

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, our team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is offering energy-efficient tips for refrigeration and HVAC systems this spring.

With soaring fuel costs and wholesale inflation, residential homeowners and commercial businesses around Central Florida are searching for ways to save money. Why not start with your electric bill? Experts say nearly half of energy costs go to heating and cooling. You can guess a big portion of the other half goes to operating appliances and refrigeration systems.

Lower Costs for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
Whether you live or work in Ocala, The Villages, or our surrounding areas – these sustainable tips could help lower your costs for air conditioning and refrigeration, while also helping to conserve our planet’s energy resources.

First, focus on filters. Different types of filters and filtration systems are necessary in the operation of HVAC systems as well as refrigeration systems with water supply or ice makers. In addition to negative effects on the quality of air and water, a dirty filter will cause systems to struggle and run harder, thus, wasting energy. United’s experts encourage homeowners and business owners to change their air and water filters according to the recommended guidelines in operational manuals or more frequently depending on use.

Second, seal and insulate. A tight seal is necessary in all matters of heating and cooling. In terms of air conditioning, this means you want to ensure all windows, doors, walls, roofs, and attic spaces are insulated and sealed to prevent dollars from flying out the window. Similarly, for refrigeration systems, you will want to ensure proper operations of auto-closers, doors, and gaskets. An air gap or air leak will not only waste energy, but it could also spoil food supplies.

Third, sustain and maintain.  The greatest focus of Earth Day is sustainability, which requires us to protect and conserve resources. Professional maintenance services are simple ways to protect the working parts and sustain the proper operations of your HVAC systems and refrigeration systems. United’s preventative maintenance programs can help you extend the life of your systems, while also saving money. Regular cleanings, evaluations, and repairs can help prevent your systems from overrunning, wasting energy, and breaking down.

Fourth, efficiently upgrade: You can trust United’s experts to advise when the cost for repairing an aging system is no longer in your best interest. Upgrading to energy-efficient systems and appliances is the way to go in today’s world of rising costs. United’s experts offer guidance on systems rated as energy-efficient, and we can perform new installations for an array of makes and models of home air conditioners, commercial HVAC systems, refrigerators, coolers, freezers, ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, and commercial walk-ins.

For over 30 years, we’ve been keeping systems operating efficiently for customers throughout Sumter and Marion Counties. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with our professionals about installations, system efficiency, or repair services.

How HVAC Systems Affect Real Estate Value

In terms of real estate, HVAC systems running with efficiency can be assets with value. And if you haven’t noticed, Florida’s weather and real estate markets are running hot this spring.

Fortunately, the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air provide value-added services to help buyers and sellers with HVAC inspections, tune-ups, repairs, and new installations.

Valuable Tips for HVAC Inspections and Property Sales

This spring, real estate value is top of mind for homeowners and business owners across North Central Florida.  Experts will tell you that the quality of an HVAC system and the condition of ductwork are key components of a thorough inspection before any property sale or purchase. 

In real estate, a neglected or inefficient HVAC system could result in a lower offer or reduced sales price. As your HVAC service company, United’s experts offer these valuable tips:

  1. Most simply, property owners should regularly change system air filters to trap and prevent dust and debris from hindering airflow. A clean filter is critical for HVAC operations, and no one wants stale, dusty air during a property showing.  To elevate value, United can also install high-quality air purification systems for homes and businesses.
  2. Of course, potential buyers will want to hire an inspector, but it is just as important for sellers to schedule a professional inspection prior to listing a property.  In addition to inspecting, United’s techs can help clean, repair, and enhance AC operations. If needed, United may also offer solutions for a new HVAC installation. A seller’s inspection is one of the best ways to avoid and prevent any unexpected surprises during the real estate process.
  3. For real estate transactions, a basic inspection will verify the age and quality of HVAC systems, but savvy sellers will also request a maintenance tune-up. It is important to repair any damage, leaks, clogged filters, or corrosion in or around your system that would deplete its value. United’s experts can also verify efficiency ratings, fuel type, installation details, thermostat settings, warranties, and other information about the HVAC systems.
  4. For overall value, United emphasizes it is important to check system components and inspect ductwork to ensure there are not any issues, gaps, loose connections, or problems that could hinder operations. Plus, United’s experts will make sure outdoor units are free of debris, properly covered, and secured as necessary with hooks, bolts, or straps.
  5. Finally, Florida sellers can show value by providing buyers with maintenance records to illustrate how well you have taken care of your HVAC system.  Seeing how you’ve invested in protecting your system provides buyers with peace of mind and proof of value.

Call United’s experts at 352-629-1187 for HVAC inspections, maintenance, repairs, and new installations at homes and businesses throughout Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas.

7 HVAC Tips for Turning Up the Heat in Florida

Keeping Warm in Florida

Despite popular belief, indoor heating can be a necessity during North Central Florida’s winter months.  Many folks simply do not realize that Floridians also need to turn up the heat.

Typically, the surrounding areas of Ocala and The Villages range from the 40s to 60s this time of year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t seen a few dips into the 30s. For those frigid Florida nights, consider these tips from our HVAC experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air.

How Homeowners and Businessowners can improve heating efficiency:

  • Set the right temperatures.  Thermostat recommendations for proper temperatures vary from model to model, but 65 to 70 degrees is what most advise for heating an indoor space.  United’s experts can provide advice on the most efficient settings for your HVAC system.
  • Be prepared for fluctuations.  Rapid hot or cold weather shifts can be tough on HVAC systems. A programmable thermostat could be helpful in making advance settings for weather fluctuations. Also, smart thermostats are convenient for programming efficiency.
  • Always keep air filters clean. This is one of the simplest but essential actions for protecting the longevity and operational value of your HVAC system.  It is also necessary for clean air, as the filter is the first line of defense in trapping debris, dust, and allergens.
  • Be proactive about maintenance. To prevent a heating problem before it strikes, schedule a professional maintenance check-up. United’s experts will perform a thorough inspection and a complete tune-up to ensure you stay warm and cozy this winter.
  • Promptly perform heating repairs. Proper heating and operations of the indoor air-handler and outdoor unit require working parts.  United’s heating experts can assist with servicing your existing equipment, making necessary repairs, or upgrading your HVAC system.
  • Insulate for a protective seal.  In addition to keeping doors and windows closed, you can boost heating efficiency by adding weather strips or sealant around frames to prevent the cold air from getting inside. Attic insulation is also a wise investment for boosting efficiency.
  • Take precaution with space heaters.  Many Floridians see value in portable space heaters for temporary warmth in a small space; however, NEVER leave space heaters unattended, DO NOT use with an extension cord, and review all device warnings to avoid risks.

Contact United’s technicians for services and heating recommendations for your system. Professional services and maintenance are the keys to saving money, promoting longevity of your HVAC system, and keeping you in control of comfortable room temperatures. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to discuss your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, or upgrading your HVAC systems.

What’s Lurking in Your Commercial Ice Machines?

Ice Machine Maintenance

North Central Florida businessowners and managers may not need to fear ghosts and goblins this Halloween, but you should be afraid of any frightening things lurking in the commercial ice machines at your restaurants, kitchen facilities, and stores.

There is nothing to fear, however, when you have the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air on your side.  Our experts have the tips and solutions to sanitize, repair, and protect your ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, and other commercial refrigeration systems.

5 Steps to Eliminate Slime, Build-Up, and Machine Malfunctions

Icky, slippery slime and damaging mineral build-up are scary stuff. In addition to dreadful health risks, these issues could cause machine malfunctions like longer harvest times, reduced capacity, and diminished ice production.   

Conveniently, United Refrigeration can help protect systems at businesses around Ocala, the Villages, Lady Lake, and surrounding areas. We are a recommended service and warranty contractor for most major brands of commercial ice machines including, Scotsman, Manitowoc, Hoshizaki, and others.  Here are five steps to boost cleanliness and efficiency:

  1. Protect Your Machine: The best thing you can do is to start a regularly scheduled Preventative Maintenance Plan. This includes both professional maintenance services and your daily in-house care according to the machine’s guidelines for efficiency and safety.
  2. Scare Away Slime: In addition to the dreaded possibility of putting your customers health at risk, unsanitary environments will lead to health code violations. Cleaning bins, sanitizing parts, and regularly inspecting systems can help prevent slimy bacteria or mold from developing and creating potentially unsanitary conditions.
  3. Eliminate Build-Up: A regular cleaning and maintenance schedule can also help you prevent build-up of scale or calcium and magnesium.  Build-up of certain minerals can damage your machine, decrease efficiency, and change the taste of water.
  4. Change Water Filters: Generally, manufacturers recommend replacing ice-machine filters every 6 months or more depending on use.  Ensure your business always has extra filters on-site for filter changes to keep water clean and fresh for ice production.
  5. Replace Faulty Parts: Replace parts as needed to maintain proper efficiency and system performance. In addition to water filters, essential operational parts may include casters, water hoses, sump pump, evaporator, water distributor parts, reservoir, and ice scoops.

In addition to avoiding expensive repairs caused by damage and build-up, you will find that meticulous maintenance will also help your business avoid losses from unnecessary downtime. United’s team is prepared to assess situations, diagnose issues, and determine the most cost-effective way to help you maintain your ice machines and commercial systems. Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to speak with one of our experienced professionals about maintenance plans, new installations, or repair services

10 Stormproof Tips to Protect HVAC Systems

AC Maintenance

With Florida’s storm season ramping up during National Preparedness Month, the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have some stormproof tips to protect your HVAC systems.

For this year’s National Preparedness Month, Ready.gov is urging Americans to: “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”  Well, during hot temperatures and stormy weather in North Central Florida, we can attest that air conditioning is essential for staying cool and protected inside the safety of our homes and businesses. 

Important ways to protect your Florida homes, businesses, and HVAC systems:

  1. Know the location of your electrical boxes and shutoff valves. In Florida, homeowners and business owners need to know how to take vital safety steps, such as shutting off electric, gas, or water during an emergency.
  2. Take action to protect systems from power surges. It is a no-brainer to unplug your TV or computer during a lightning storm, but major appliances and HVAC systems are also at risk. Consider shutting down power to certain systems during severe weather warnings.
  3. Monitor exterior areas for water pooling, flooding, or drainage issues.  Floridians must take measures to protect their property from water damage. If needed, United’s technicians can elevate AC units or design platforms to raise and protect HVAC systems at risk.
  4. Regularly check indoors for leaking pipes, seepage, or corrosion.  Water issues can damage indoor air systems and other parts of your homes and businesses. Make every effort to remove water and call in the professionals if you spot a leak or water damage.
  5. Protect outdoor AC units from high-force winds. Ocala, the Villages, and surrounding areas can experience brutal winds during hurricane season. United can help ensure your AC units are covered, protected, and secured with bolts, hooks, and straps where needed. 
  6. Remove projectile objects and clean-up outdoor debris. It is obvious to store furniture and potted plants in a sheltered location to protect windows. Debris and small projectile objects, however, are also able to damage your outdoor AC unit or block air flow.
  7. After a storm or outage, schedule a maintenance check.  United’s professionals can help you determine if there was any damage done during a storm. Wind, lightening, and rain can leave behind obvious signs of damage as well as hard-to-detect issues.
  8. Make repairs quickly when necessary. If you see a leak or notice a malfunction, be sure to act quick before other parts are damaged. In addition to repairing any mechanical issues, United’s technicians can offer solutions to protect systems and prevent future damage. 
  9. Plan ahead for system repairs or upgrades. With preparedness in mind, it is important to budget for potential costs associated with disasters, emergencies, or system breakdowns.
  10. Benefit from a preventative maintenance program. Control costs and protect the longevity of your system by starting a maintenance program for cleanings, inspections, and services to prevent a costly disaster before it strikes. 

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team provides emergency service as well as preventative maintenance to keep Florida homes and businesses running efficiently. Call 352-629-1187 to schedule your system maintenance, repair services, or new installations.

Hottest Summer Tips for Reliable Refrigeration

In North Central Florida, August is notorious for hot and stormy weather.  Reliable refrigeration is essential this time of year, which is why the experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have compiled the hottest tips to help you stay cool with solutions to protect your refrigeration systems.

3 Ways to Care for Commercial Refrigeration Systems

There is no time for failure when it comes to commercial refrigeration systems, freezers, ice machines, and other equipment.  Continual care, preventative maintenance, and professional evaluations are the best ways to keep systems running efficiently. 

  1. Our hottest tip for preventing a failure is to start a preventative maintenance program.  United’s experts provide regular maintenance and scheduled check-ups for restaurants, stores, kitchen facilities, and other businesses around The Villages, Ocala, and surrounding areas of North Central Florida.
  2. If you seek reliability, then be sure to perform stringent cleanings and system care. This includes cleaning and sanitizing parts, eliminating corrosion, monitoring for proper temperatures, identifying any functional issues, examining auto-closures, securing seals, checking refrigerant, and mitigating risks before there is even a chance for downtime.
  3. Finally, evaluate conditions and make repairs when necessary. This includes evaluating your system’s age and replacing when needed to avoid inventory losses or downtime.  United’s technicians can help you evaluate the condition of your systems and provide expert advice for cost-effective repairs or new installations when necessary for reliable operations.

Trust the Experts for Refrigeration Repairs and Installations

United’s commercial refrigeration experts are prepared to provide maintenance and repairs for 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 all other components.

As factory certified service and warranty experts, United offers maintenance and programs to extend the life of your name brand equipment.  Our expertise includes Traulsen, Victory, Stoelting, Kolpak, Master-Bilt, Continental, Kairak, Electro Freeze, Blue Air, Beverage-Air, True, and many more.

Additionally, United offers emergency services provided by trained technicians to accurately diagnose and precisely correct equipment issues or problems.  We come prepared to assist with replacing faulty parts, correcting mechanical issues, and completing new installations. 

North Central Florida customers trust us for refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning services.  Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air at 352-629-1187 to set your next installation, system maintenance, or repair service.

Seasonal Upkeep for Walk-In Coolers and Freezers

Commercial refrigeration systems endure plenty of wear and tear throughout the year.  The holiday season, however, can put an even greater strain on your walk-in coolers, freezers, and other vital equipment.

From storing seasonal turkeys to stocking holiday brews, businesses rely on refrigeration systems to safely store foods and beverages. To protect valuable inventory and systems, businesses across Ocala, The Villages, and North Central Florida trust United Refrigeration, Heating and Air for preventative maintenance, full-service repairs, and new installations. 

Preventative Maintenance and Rapid Repairs
United’s technicians offer prompt service to keep restaurants, kitchen facilities, stores, and other businesses up and running.  Our team understands the importance of limiting downtime, which is why preventative maintenance is highly recommended to mitigate risks.

During the busy holidays, for example, businesses may find their walk-in cooler doors getting extra wear and tear.  Maintenance check-ups for door hardware and gaskets, as well as cleaning of condenser coils and other components, could help you avoid problems before they start. In addition to coolers and freezers, United provides cleaning, maintenance, and repairs for ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, and other refrigeration systems. 

When to Repair or Replace Refrigeration Systems
No one wants to experience a breakdown during the holidays, which is why a scheduled replacement could be key to surviving the season. The first step is scheduling a professional inspection to evaluate the current condition and determine if a repair or replacement is more cost effective for your business. Consider these reasons for replacing refrigeration systems:

  1. Lower Electricity Costs: Old and inefficient refrigeration systems could be overrunning and wasting energy, which increases your electric bills. If your unit is 15+ years old or no longer effective, it may be time to upgrade.
  2. Avoid Repair Costs:  If the frequency of system repairs goes beyond the standard of preventative maintenance, a replacement could be more affordable in the long run.  United’s experts can offer honest advice when you are weighing your costs and options.
  3. Prevent Losses: Tis the season to talk with a technician if you are hearing loud sounds, smelling odors, or noticing fluctuating temperatures.  A conveniently scheduled installation will save you from an untimely breakdown and will prevent inventory losses.

United’s on-call technicians are prepared to help you make the right decisions in maintaining, repairing, or installing new systems.  Ask us about how a new system warranty on your installation could help you save time and money.

For over 30 years, our Florida customers have relied on us for 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 emergency repair service.

4 Preparedness Tips to Protect Your Systems

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to highlight the importance of preparing our homes, schools, businesses, and communities for natural and man-made disasters or emergencies. According to Ready.gov, the National Preparedness Month theme for 2020 is: “Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today.”  

With hurricane season in full swing, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more critical time for homeowners and businessowners to understand ways to prevent risks and protect assets. As your preventative maintenance experts, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is offering preparedness tips for protecting your refrigeration equipment and HVAC systems.

How Floridians Plan and Prepare for System Protection
The time to prepare is now for folks across Ocala, The Villages, and North Central Florida. Here are general tips for homeowners wanting to protect an AC unit, storeowners needing to optimize HVAC systems, or businessowners needing to maintain commercial refrigeration systems, freezers, ice machines, and other equipment. 

  1. Financially plan by budgeting for potential costs associated with disasters, emergencies, or system breakdowns. Manage your budget with an ongoing preventative maintenance program, including cleanings, filter changes, drain clearing, inspections, and other services. From checking refrigerant levels to adjusting thermostats, maintenance is essential for preventing a costly disaster before it strikes a home or business. 
  2. Prevention is also key to avoiding the dangers of a power outage. Lightning strikes, power surges, and power outages are concerns for Floridians. Sometimes the safest method is to shut down or unplug any vital systems during a storm. Know where electrical boxes and shutoff valves are located. Be prepared to take safety steps, such as shutting off electric, gas, or water during an emergency. After a storm or outage, schedule a maintenance check to ensure there was no damage done to your systems.
  3. Water is a major hazard that could cause corrosion or wreak havoc on refrigeration, heating, and air systems.  Always quickly repair leaks and remove any water near your systems. Promptly contact United’s technicians if your systems are impacted by water, leaking pipes, or flooding.  In addition to maintenance checks or repairs, United’s technicians may recommend moving or elevating systems in high-risk areas.
  4. For additional safety, always ensure heavy equipment and large systems are covered, protected, or secured as needed with bolts, hooks, and straps. A maintenance check could help you determine if your equipment and systems are in a secure position and could also protect you from avoidable disasters.

As a full-service AC repair, HVAC service, and commercial refrigeration company, United’s team stands ready to provide emergency service as well as preventative maintenance now during hurricane season and throughout the year for your home or business.  

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 your system maintenance or repair services.

10 Cool Indoor-Air Tips to Beat Florida’s Heat

The cooling comfort of air conditioning is essential in Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding regions of Florida this time of year. Generally, our temperatures average between 72 and 92 degrees, but Floridian’s have seen recent surges into the upper 90s with heat advisories. 

During our hottest months, air conditioning helps to support the health and safety of homeowners and business owners. Since the invention of A/C systems in the 1960s, fatal heat-related illnesses have drastically declined in homes and workplaces. To support optimal performance of your HVAC systems, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air has put together a list of ways to reduce heat in spaces and improve efficiency.

Expert Solutions to Cool Down Spaces and Boost HVAC Efficiency

  1. Schedule maintenance checkups with United to clean, inspect, and enhance AC operations.
  2. Change filters to trap and prevent debris, dust, dander, and particles from hindering airflow.
  3. Ask United about air-purification systems to filter odors, allergens, bacteria, and viruses.
  4. Install a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures in advance for optimum efficiency.
  5. Invest in a smart thermostat for continuous control via your smartphone apps and devices.
  6. Close entrance doors, garage doors, and windows to prevent cool air from escaping.
  7. Run ceiling fans in a counterclockwise direction for downward airflow to cool specific areas.
  8. Turn on exhaust fans in baths and kitchens to expel excess heat, humidity, or moisture.
  9. Add light-blocking blinds or window awnings to block sun from penetrating through windows.
  10. Consider light-colored or reflective roofing materials or upgrade your home insulation.

How Florida Business Owners and Homeowners Keep Cool  

In addition to optimizing your HVAC systems and making property upgrades, you can take a personal approach by dressing for success. Stay cool by choosing lightweight fabrics or loose-fitting clothing whether you are spending time indoors or outdoors. Cotton, linen, and moisture-wicking blends are excellent choices, while silk, leather, wool, and nylon will retain heat. 

We hope these tips keep you cool. There are many types of systems. Ask United which filters, maintenance schedules, air-purification solutions, and thermostat settings are right for you.Call United Refrigeration, Heating and Air today at 352-629-1187 to discuss your options for maintaining, repairing, replacing, improving indoor air quality, or upgrading your HVAC system.