Time to Clean Out Your Refrigerators

Americans, did you know that November is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Month? Cleaning out a refrigerator is a great way to create space before packing in extra foods and beverages for the holidays. More importantly, regular cleanings are critical tasks to ensure food safety and operational efficiency at your homes and businesses.  

Commercial Refrigeration: Cleanings and Maintenance

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air helps businesses, stores, restaurants, and kitchen facilities with cleanings and maintenance for your commercial refrigeration systems. We strive to support the efficiency and longevity of refrigerators, coolers, freezers, ice machines, soft serve machines, slush machines, and other commercial refrigeration systems.

Importantly, we invite businesses around Ocala, The Villages, and North Central Florida to ask us about preventative maintenance plans to ensure deep cleanings are completed at the correct intervals. This could include refrigerant level checks, fan and compressor inspections, gasket checks, hinge securing, drain clearings, and repairs.

Here is a to-do list and general advice for cleaning refrigeration systems:

  1. To be proactive and thorough, create a cleaning policy for your in-house team to perform daily checks of refrigeration systems. The checklist may include temperature, overall cleanliness (such as bin or ice-scoop cleanings), food cycling, and operational efficiency.
  2. To be consistent in cleanings, determine weekly and monthly schedules for different types of cleanings depending on usage and according to the operational manuals.
  3. To prepare for a deep clean, shut down power or unplug the system and empty the shelves. When clearing out the refrigerator, be sure to throw away any expired food or products with mold. Notably, a deep clean is best done when inventory is low, which is why it is suggested to be done before big holidays or before the arrival of new inventory.
  4. To complete an interior disinfection, you will want to clean every inch and prevent food contamination. This could include sanitizing shelves, bins, and all parts. You may wipe down certain areas with warm soapy water, but some parts may need a stringent scrubbing or disinfectants to remove odors, eliminate bacteria, and prevent build-up.
  5. To boost efficiency, cleaning protocols also include the exterior. This may include vacuuming coils as well as underneath, behind, on top of, and around the refrigeration system. Be sure to enlist the help of United’s professionals for comprehensive cleaning and clearing of drain lines, fans, water hoses, and other vital components.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air offers full maintenance plans for brands and models like True, Beverage Air, Blue Air, Master-Bilt, and Traulsen. We are 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 provided speedy services for over 30 years. Call 352-629-1187 for new installations, system maintenance, cleanings, and repairs.

8 Essentials for Air Quality and Control

How often do you think about the air quality in your home or business? From a financial or a health standpoint, air quality and air control are critical for the places we live, work, eat, and sleep. That is why United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s experts are explaining eight essentials to know for National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month.

  1. First, if we have said it once, we have said it a million times – maintain a clean air filter. Preferably, choose one with a high MERV ranking to reduce airborne particles. Regularly changing air filters will decrease allergens, dust, debris, hair, and dander in your indoor air. Furthermore, a dirty air filter could end up costing you by causing system malfunctions.
  2. Next, it is essential to schedule HVAC system maintenance and regular cleanings to ensure you have a properly operating HVAC system for filtering and circulating air throughout your home or business. Maintenance can also extend the longevity of systems.
  3. For businesses and homeowners in Ocala, the Villages, and surrounding areas of North Central Florida, it is necessary to control humidity levels. Experts recommend maintaining humidity levels below 50 percent to prevent the growth of mold and mildew. Ignoring mold and mildew can impact your health as well as put a dent in your wallet.
  4. Just as important as controlling humidity is the need to quickly repair leaks, remove standing water, and remove water-damaged wood or materials. These can also lead to the dangerous spread of mold and mildew affecting your property, air quality, and health.
  5. Be cautious and limit the usage of harmful chemicals, such as household cleaners, pesticides, paints, and other solvents inside your Florida homes and businesses. When usage is necessary, be sure to open doors or windows to ensure proper ventilation.
  6. After years of warnings, we all know it is smart to avoid smoking indoors. Hundreds of chemicals in cigarettes have been linked to asthma, respiratory illnesses, and cancers.
  7. Air duct cleanings can be a great solution for better air quality. In addition to professional cleanings, United’s experts can install REME HALO® Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifiers to reduce odors, pollutants, particulates, microbials, and gases in indoor air.
  8. For enhanced control, install an air purifier, such asGlobal Plasma Solutions (GPS) to reduce particles, odors, pollutants, viruses, and airborne bacteria in your indoor air.

In addition to specializing in HVAC systems, United is a certified contractor for GPS’s needlepoint ionization technology and many other products for superior air purification. The team at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air is prepared to help you with all the essentials for air quality, system maintenance, repairs, and new installations.

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 services today.

7 Best Summer Refrigeration Solutions

Ever feel like a refrigeration breakdown is more likely at the worst possible time, like in the scorching heat of a Florida summer day? You’re not alone. Cooling systems tend to breakdown more frequently during the hot summer months around North Central Florida.

Don’t sweat it — the commercial refrigeration experts at United Refrigeration, Heating and Air have the solutions to keep your systems running in the best possible condition this summer and throughout the year.

How to Keep Summer Inventory Cold and Fresh

  1. Chill Out with the Right Settings: Day in and day out, be sure to check and adjust thermostat settings for the proper temperatures. Also, remember that cycling is important to keep foods and beverages held at the right temperatures. Proper packing, stacking, and monitoring will help protect your stock of food, beverages, ice, and frozen products.
  2. Keep it Clean and Fresh: Whether you manage a restaurant, store, kitchen facility, or vending businesses around The Villages or Ocala, there are local and state laws requiring a certain level of cleanliness and sanitation. Take note and do stringent cleanings to maintain freshness, reduce odors, and comply with safety requirements.
  3. Optimize and Prevent Losses: In addition to health and safety, regular cleanings are important for the operation and the lifespan of refrigeration systems. Eliminating corrosion will help keep parts functioning and support longevity. It will also ensure your business is up and running for celebrations like National Soft Ice Cream Day on August 19th.
  4. Stay Cool with Regular Maintenance: Regularly scheduled maintenance and prompt repairs are critical for those soft-serve machines, slush machines, ice machines, commercial walk-ins, reach-in coolers, reach-in freezers, deli cases, and other types of refrigeration systems. Contact our experts for an expert maintenance plan to ensure you stay cool.
  5. Keep an Eye on Operations: Make sure a pro is evaluating the systems, checking refrigerant, inspecting hinges, checking auto-closures, and securing seals. Also, watch for any blockages or waterline issues. Cleared drain lines and suction lines are essential.
  6. Focus on Functionality: Hire the pros at United to evaluate your system and check for any faulty parts to mitigate future risks. Condenser coils, compressors, exhaust fans, make-up air fans, gaskets, door hardware, and other components should be professionally inspected and maintained to keep your systems running in peak condition.
  7. Make Smart Decisions: Our experts at United can help you determine when it makes the most cost-effective sense for you to make repairs or to replace your systems with a new installation to avoid any downtime at your North Central Florida businesses. 

United’s trained technicians have expertise in brand-name equipment, such as Traulsen, Victory, Stoelting, Kolpak, Master-Bilt, Continental, Kairak, Electro Freeze, Blue Air, Beverage-Air, True, and others. As factory certified service and warranty experts, United offers maintenance programs, emergency repairs, and new installations for our valued customers.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has provided speedy services for over 30 years. Call 352-629-1187 to set-up your new installations, system maintenance, or repair services.

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.