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.

3 HVAC Solutions for the Holiday Season

The outdoor air may not feel frigid in Florida, but holiday spirit is filling our indoor air. Whether you live or work near downtown Ocala or in the heart of The Villages, you as well as your HVAC systems are sensing the signs of the season, including holiday décor with twinkling lights, ovens heating up for cookies and casseroles, and a revolving door of holiday visitors. 

What many Floridians do not realize is that heat expelled from lighting, high-temperature cooking, and open entryways can affect how HVAC systems cool our Florida homes and businesses.  That is why the team at United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air has compiled a few solutions to optimize your HVAC systems during events of high-energy demands.

Seasonal Suggestions for AC Efficiency in Florida

  1. CELEBRATION EFFICIENCY: As holiday guests come and go, dollars could be escaping out the door along with the cool air.  As opposed to cranking up the AC, United’s experts suggest running ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise direction for downward airflow to keep guests comfortable and rooms cool. Otherwise, you could find yourself with a hefty utility bill next month.  Also, think about ventilation for heat and moisture. For example, be sure to expel humidity and steam from cooking by running your kitchen exhaust fan. As for reducing heat from décor and lighting, choose efficient LED lights as opposed to heat-emitting incandescent lights.
  • BUDGET CONTROL: Older heating and air systems can run ragged due to extra work in maintaining comfortable temperatures. Delaying a simple repair can make matters worse.  Costs will only increase as strain or damage cause additional parts to fail. United’s technicians always provide an upfront time and cost estimate before ordering replacement parts and completing necessary repairs.  United’s experts can also provide guidance as to when a new system or energy-efficient upgrade is more cost effective than repairing an older unit (10 to 15+ years) reaching the end of its lifespan.
  • PRE-HOLIDAY PLANNING: As always, preventative maintenance is important for identifying problems before a system failure.  Schedule an HVAC check-up prior to your Thanksgiving events or holiday parties to ensure your system is up for the challenge.  As a full-service residential AC repair and commercial HVAC service company, we understand the holidays are a hectic season for you, which is why we are fully equipped to provide emergency service as well as preventative maintenance to protect you now and throughout every season.

United Refrigeration, Heating and Air’s team has helped keep systems up and running for over 30 years. United’s technicians are prepared to offer you solutions for preventative maintenance, upgrading systems, or servicing your current equipment.We wish for you to enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving and a fantastic Holiday Season! 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, or upgrading your HVAC system.

How to Help Your AC Handle the Holidays

North Central Florida’s weather can fluctuate from humid and hot to dry and bitter cold during the month of December. You might be sunbathing by your pool in The Villages one day, or strolling through downtown Ocala’s streets in a sweater the next day.

Some Floridians greatly enjoy these weather variations, but heating and air systems may be doing extra work to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home this time of year. Adding to the exertion is the increased activity during the holidays. You may have houseguests staying in your guestroom, and they may insist on running your AC ragged for cooler temperatures. Perhaps you will be hosting holiday parties, and the entrance doors are open longer than usual due to the flow of people coming and going to the festivities. In totality, these factors could create an increased usage of your HVAC systems this month.

To ensure the stability you require for all of your heating and cooling needs, the team at United Refrigeration, Heating, and Air recommends the following tips:

Be Proactive with AC Maintenance:

Residential and commercial customers throughout Ocala and The Villages often need efficient solutions as well as unexpected repairs when the busy holiday season rolls around, which is why preventative maintenance is key to identifying problems before they start.  Scheduling a system check-up prior to a guest’s arrival or a big holiday event could protect you from experiencing any problems or damage to your system.

Be Quick with Expert Repairs:

Repair delays may sometimes make matters worse. If a repair is needed, be sure to act quickly and seek help from only qualified experts.  All of United’s technicians are in direct contact with a senior-level service technician at our company. If one of our technicians is on a service call and comes across a unique or unfamiliar issue, he or she can coordinate immediate assistance to solve the problem in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Be Wise with Time and Money:

In addition to being able to quickly identify or fix issues with your heating or air systems, United’s technicians can offer you a time estimate of how long it will take to order, obtain, and replace any particular parts. This gives you a valuable opportunity to prepare financially for any potential system repairs or replacements in the future.

Whatever your needs are for cooling or heating this holiday season, United’s team is prepared to offer solutions for preventative maintenance, upgrading systems, or servicing your current equipment.

Happy Holidays to our fellow Floridians! 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. 

We Choose Ruud for Heating and Air Conditioning

Edwin Ruud came to America more than a hundred years ago. He was a mechanical engineer and developed the first successful automatic water heater. It began a tradition of innovation that has seen Ruud lead the heating and air conditioning industry as one of North America’s largest manufacturers of quality heat and AC products.

For United Refrigeration, these incredible products by Ruud help us to server our customers better. As a Ruud Pro Partner we have 65 years of award winning heating and cooling solutions standing behind us and our customers. We choose Ruud due to their superior quality and outstanding commitment to their product AND to the contractors that sell them.

Ruud is well known for quality. They are virtually a one stop shop with a wide range of products to cover all of your heating and cooling needs. Ruud products undergo frequent testing and certifications by various government and third-party labs to guarantee quality standards.

If you are thinking about a new AC unit and live in The Villages, Ocala or Central Florida, consider giving us a call for a consultation. Let us show you how valuable a Ruud heating and AC unit can be to your family. Let us put our 35 years of experience to work for you. And let Ruud’s long history of quality provide a new level of comfort and energy savings for your heating and cooling needs.