HVAC maintenance tips for fleet managers
As temperatures begin to heat up, the last thing a driver needs is to be stuck on the road without air conditioning. To keep truck drivers as comfortable as possible, here is a brief reminder for truckers and fleet managers of the necessity of regular HVAC maintenance. The tips are from Alliance Truck Parts.
Have the entire HVAC system inspected on a yearly basis to ensure it is operating efficiently. Early detection is key. Even small leaks or damaged components can spread damage to the entire system, adding up to expensive repair bills and increasing downtime.
If you notice a leak, immediately take the truck in for an inspection. Do not use any leak fixing products. They are only a temporary fix and can increase your repair bills due to excess debris in the system.
HVAC Air Filter Maintenance
A dirty or clogged air filter dramatically reduces the airflow into the cab and can cause bad odors. Check and replace your filter regularly to ensure it is clean. The best way to tell if your filter is in good condition is to remove any debris, then shine a light through it. If you can see the light, the filter probably is clean.
Keeping your condenser free of debris ensures it will maintain a perfect cooling temperature in your cab. Check and clean your condenser regularly, especially in the fall and winter when leaves and other materials build up on the fins. Be careful cleaning the fins; bending or breaking fragile condenser fins can cause problems throughout the entire HVAC system.
Detecting a Faulty Blower Motor
A faulty blower motor will reduce or even stop airflow to your cab, decreasing the performance of your HVAC system. If you notice decreased airflow or hear a buzzing, grinding, or a humming sound as you turn on your HVAC, take the truck to in for an immediate inspection. If left unchecked, a faulty blower motor eventually will lower the pressure of the freon running to your condenser, potentially damaging your A/C system.
Alliance Truck Parts dealers will be able to diagnose an HVAC problem quickly and get truckers back on the road. If a replacement part is needed, Alliance offers a wide range of high quality HVAC products, including A/C compressors, blower motors, receiver driers, condenser coils and heater core assemblies, all guaranteed by a one-year/unlimited-mile nationwide warranty, serviceable at more than 800 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
About Alliance Truck Parts
Alliance Truck Parts offers new and remanufactured reliable parts and accessories to the government and commercial transportation industry. Alliance parts are available at more than 800 retail locations, including Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses dealerships in the U.S. and Canada, and Travel Centers of America and Petro locations nationwide. For more information, or to locate the nearest Alliance Truck Parts dealer, visit this site.
Alliance Truck Parts is a brand of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a manufacturer of Class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.