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HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.

Regular maintenance, such as changing air filters regularly, sealing ductwork, and upgrading to energy-efficient equipment can help improve the efficiency of your HVAC system.

If your HVAC system is not heating or cooling properly, it’s essential to address the issue promptly to ensure your comfort and the efficiency of your system. At Universal Refrigeration, serving greater Auburn, WA, we recommend taking the following steps:

  1. Check the Thermostat: Ensure that your thermostat is set to the desired temperature and mode (heating or cooling). Sometimes, incorrect thermostat settings can lead to temperature inconsistencies.

  2. Inspect Air Filters: Dirty or clogged air filters can restrict airflow, causing your HVAC system to work harder and less efficiently. Check and replace your air filters regularly to maintain optimal performance.

  3. Inspect Air Vents and Registers: Ensure that all air vents and registers are open and unobstructed. Blocked vents can disrupt airflow and hinder the heating or cooling process.

  4. Check Circuit Breakers: Verify that the circuit breakers for your HVAC system are not tripped. Reset any tripped breakers and see if this resolves the issue.

  5. Schedule Professional Service: If you’ve checked the above components and your HVAC system still isn’t heating or cooling properly, it’s time to contact a professional HVAC technician. Our team at Universal Refrigeration specializes in diagnosing and repairing HVAC issues promptly and effectively.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 253-263-1529 to schedule an appointment. We’ll dispatch our experienced technicians to assess the problem and restore comfort to your home or business efficiently.


While certain maintenance tasks can be performed by homeowners, it’s essential to exercise caution and be aware of your limitations. Here are some maintenance tasks you can handle:

  1. Changing Air Filters: Regularly changing your HVAC system’s air filters is crucial for maintaining optimal airflow and indoor air quality. We recommend checking and replacing filters every 1-3 months, depending on usage.

  2. Cleaning Registers and Vents: Keeping your registers and vents clean helps ensure proper airflow throughout your home. Use a vacuum or damp cloth to remove dust and debris regularly.

  3. Clearing Debris Around Outdoor Unit: Maintain at least 2 feet of clearance around your outdoor HVAC unit to prevent airflow restriction. Remove any leaves, branches, or debris that may accumulate around the unit.

  4. Checking Thermostat Settings: Ensure your thermostat is set to the appropriate temperature settings for the season. Consider using a programmable thermostat to optimize energy efficiency and comfort.

  5. Inspecting Ductwork for Leaks: Periodically inspect your ductwork for any signs of leaks or damage. Seal any visible leaks using foil tape or mastic sealant to improve system efficiency.

While these tasks can help maintain your HVAC system, it’s important to schedule professional maintenance at least once a year. Our team at Universal Refrigeration is here to provide comprehensive maintenance services to keep your HVAC system running smoothly. Contact us at 253-263-1529 to schedule an appointment or for any further assistance.

At Universal Refrigeration, the duration of an HVAC installation can vary depending on several factors unique to each project. Factors such as the size of the system being installed, the complexity of the installation, and any additional requirements specific to your property can influence the timeline.

Generally, a standard HVAC installation can take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days to complete. Our team of experienced technicians works diligently to ensure efficient and timely installation while maintaining the highest quality standards.

For a more accurate estimate of the installation timeline for your specific needs, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our experts. You can easily reach us at 253-263-1529 to schedule an appointment or to discuss any questions you may have regarding HVAC installations. We’re committed to providing exceptional service and ensuring your comfort all year round.

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If you are getting hints that you might need a new furnace, air conditioning, or refrigeration system or you need service for an existing system, please call us. We understand that these systems for your home or business are critical and it’s a point of pride for us to be there for our customers when they need us! 

Service Area

At Universal Refrigeration we realize that to best serve our customers, we need to concentrate on specific areas that we can most quickly serve our customers’ needs. Here is a detailed list of the areas we serve in Western Washington.

  • King County
  • Pierce County
  • Thurston County
  • Lewis County
  • Kitsap County
  • South Snohomish County