Tag: Mobile Climate Control

Heating and Air Conditioning of heavy duty vehicles and equipment.

Best Selling Mobile HVAC parts by Make

The Best Selling Mobile HVAC parts By Make, call Arctic Traveler Canada. We manufacture and distribute an extensive line of high-quality original equipment and aftermarket HD HVAC parts and supplies for industry-leading brands. We know that having the right part is paramount to getting the job done right. To ensure that you get it right, we offer Mobile HVAC Best Sellers by Make. Denso, Sanden & York Compressors, Clutches, Condensers, Expansion Valves, Receiver Driers and so much more. Call 800-295-4156 or Contact us  to see what 55 years of excellence can do for you. 











Best Sellers Mobile HVAC Parts for Sterling - Compressors, Condensers, Clutches, Blowers, Expansion Valves, O'Rings, Receiver Driers and more.

Best Sellers Mobile HVAC Parts for Western Star - Compressors, Condensers, Clutches, Blowers, Expansion Valves, O'Rings, Receiver Driers and more.

How to inspect an A/C Compressor

Take these steps to inspect an A/C compressor to ensure it really needs replacing before you pull it from a heavy-duty vehicle:

1. Is The Compressor Rotation Smooth?
With the vehicle off, turn the compressor shaft with a 14-mm socket. If you feel grinding or hanging as you rotate the shaft, it’s probably due to broken components within the compressor. If the rotation is smooth, move on to Step 2.

2. Is The Coil Getting More Than 11.5 Volts?
Take a reading with the engine running and the clutch engaged. If there’s insufficient voltage, get to work on that. Otherwise, move on to Step 3.

3. Is The Coil Resistance Between 2.8 And 4.4 Ohms?
Any resistance outside this range will prevent the clutch from engaging or will cause used circuits to open. If the answer is yes, continue to Step 4.

4. Is The Compressor Able To Produce 350 Psig Or More?
If not, leave the compressor where it is. The system may have a low refrigerant charge because of a leak that needs repair, or a high-side blockage that limits refrigerant flow to the compressor.

Tech Tips from Red Dot
” We see lots of compressors that are returned fully functional and therefore not warrantable.
Get the diagnosis right. Inspect an A/C compressor before you pull the component from the vehicle.”


For expert insight into common failures and causes, watch Examining Compressor Failures on ATCTV
While there, check out
How To and Which Components to Inspect and Basic A/C Troubleshooting to further your understanding of A/C Systems.

For more information about AC Compressors or any HVAC component, call the mobile HVAC specialist Arctic Traveler Canada at 800-295-4156.

How to troubleshoot your A/C Electrical system

Tech Tips from Red Dot

On any vehicle and virtually any A/C system, electrical problems are among the hardest to troubleshoot. If you suspect an electrical problem with the A/C system, here’s a two-stage inspection routine that virtually anyone can do with no special tools or skills:

1. Inspect Electrical Connections

As you perform a visual inspection under the hood (cab) and/or at the rooftop condenser, take a moment to check all electrical connections both visually and by feel. Make sure all leads and wires are properly supported and securely connected, and that there’s no corrosion or grime on the leads or connectors.

2. Check Electrical Current Flow and Device Functions

Perform the following steps to check the current flow and electrical device functions:

  • Turn on the ignition. 
  • Turn on the A/C system. This will power the thermostat and clutch. If it does not come on, use the A/C mode switch to check the leads to the switch. You should hear a “click” from the thermostat and hear the clutch drive plate “snap” against the clutch pulley. 
  • Check fuses. If all the connections are clean and tight and there’s still a failure, check the fuses in-cab as well as in-line.
  • Check A/C clutch engagement. Since you can’t see and may not hear the clutch engage, get out and look at the clutch. If it’s engaged, you will see that the drive plate is against the pulley and not slightly spaced from it. If you aren’t sure the clutch is engaged, look for the lead wire connector near the clutch. Break and close that connection. The clutch will disengage and engage again.
  • Test blower speed operation. Some systems have a common switch that turns on the air conditioner and powers the blower motor. Test blower speed operation by adjusting this or the separate blower control switch. Feeling the air flow from the ducts or note blower sound (speed) changes.
  • Inspect roof-mounted condensers. Don’t forget to inspect roof-mounted condensers and A/C units for dirt and debris. Be sure the condenser fan(s) are working properly and all parts and electrical connections are securely fastened. The roof-mounted condenser fans may come on when the system is turned on. Like the thermostat and most clutches, the normal on-off cycling action cannot be observed until the engine is running with the A/C system on.
Once your visual inspection is complete, talk to a qualified A/C technician about what you found. Your troubleshooting efforts will be rewarded with a speedier repair and perhaps a lower repair bill.

Quick Heater Service Tip from Reddot
  • When the status is “heater fan doesn’t work,” check the ground connection for rust, paint, grime, or some other obstruction at the terminus.
  • If the motor doesn’t have a ground wire, its mount serves as a ground connection. Make sure nothing impedes the mount’s ground path.
  • Use a multimeter to make sure you’re getting full voltage to the motor. Once you know the voltage is adequate, you can then look for worn brushes, dirty squirrel-cage fans, damaged fan blades, and other more typical motor problems.

Arctic Traveler Canada
is an MSD/Master Stocking Distributor and Authorized Technical representative for many industry-leading products. Call us today at 1-800-295-4156 to see what 55 years of excellence can do to achieve your business objectives.

Cabin Air Filters

Cabin Air Filters – Increase A/C efficiency and Reduce dust, dirt and allergens
A relatively new feature in the heavy duty industry, the cabin air filters are often overlooked in regular vehicle maintenance. That’s unfortunate because the cabin air filter is just as important to the passengers as the engine air filter is to the vehicle and a likely cause of “A/C Not Blowing Cold“. A cabin filter processes the air that enters the passenger compartment via the vehicle’s heating and air conditioning system, increasing passenger comfort by trapping particulates, pollen, and other irritants.

For people with allergies and other sensitivities to airborne agents, the cabin filter represents a significant advance. Replacing the cabin air filter at the recommended interval or sooner, especially in areas of high particulate, allows the A/C system to run at optimal efficiency and passengers to breathe cleaner, fresher air, which makes any journey more enjoyable. Courtesy of Denso Corporation


Arctic Traveler Canada  carries a complete line of Off Road/Agricultural Cabin Air Filters. Call 1-800-295-4156 for more info.

A/C Preventative Maintenance

When it comes to air conditioning, a good preventative maintenance program will increase operating time and save money by identifying concerns before they become problems. Once the hot weather arrives, implementing planned maintenance allows you to schedule repairs instead of reacting to sudden unexpected issues. A/C filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance to ensure optimum performance and neglecting necessary maintenance results in a steady decline in performance and increased energy use. 

Filters

Clogged, dirty filters restrict airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency. When airflow is restricted, the air that bypasses the filter will carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and reduce the coil’s heat-absorbing abilities. To ensure efficiency, routinely clean or replace filters.

Coils

The condenser and evaporator coils collect dirt over time but a clean filter helps to keep the evaporator performing well. Debris reduces air flow, insulates the coil and reduces its ability to absorb heat. Being exposed to the elements, it is easy to see the dirt collecting on the fins. Cleaning the coil fins and removing any debris around the coil will ensure optimal performance.

Coil Fins

The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil. Air conditioning wholesalers sell a tool called a “fin comb” that will comb these fins back into their original condition.

Remember to always use caution when performing preventative system maintenance, as ambient conditions (heat load) will increase refrigerant hose temperatures and don’t forget, having the right quality parts on hand makes all the difference.

See How To and Which Components to Inspect and watch this video to learn more about Basic A/C Troubleshooting.

A/C Preventative Maintenance - a regular HVAC PM program will save you money and decrease down time.

How to use ATC Connect

Parts Lookup. We made it easy and only a few keystrokes away

ATC CONNECT provides OEM cross references, specs, pictures, technical tips, on-hand inventory and more. 

How to Login:
From the home page of our ATC website, click on ATC CONNECT in the top right of the page.
Enter your USERID & PW in the place holders.

ATC Connect - Login - HVAC products for All Applications

Welcome to ATC CONNECT

Note the Cross Reference and ATC Number Search Place Holders at the top of the page.

ATC Connect Welcome - HVAC products for All Applications

PARTS LOOKUP

Click on APPLICATION Lookup or Mouse Over CATALOGS and a Drop Down Menu will appear.
Select Application Lookup. A Vehicle Type box will appear.
ATC Connect - Product lookup by type - HVAC products for All Applications
Select the Vehicle type – Medium or Heavy Duty Truck – For this example, Heavy Duty Truck
The MAKE selection for this example is Freightliner, then MODEL (Columbia), then choose the YEAR
ATC Connect - Product lookup by Brand - HVAC products for All Applications
All available parts by type for the 2004 Freightliner Columbia will be displayed including ATC Item Number and OEM cross reference numbers.  For this example, click on the 5333 Compressor, which will display available options.

ATC Connect - Application Lookup Freightliner Columbia - HVAC products for All Applications
No Price is displayed, but specs on the part will be as well as availability and quantity by location.
Please note this inventory by location is only updated once daily, overnight and depending on the time of day and demand for the item, on hand Inventory could be depleted.
ATC Connect - 5333 Compressor - HVAC products for All Applications
Click On The 5333 to Display The Specs

ATC Connect - 5333 Compressor specs - HVAC products for All Applications

Note the RED Circle “CLICK” below the Compressor picture and the RELATED ITEMS section on the RIGHT side.
Clicking on ANY of these components will display the full specs.
To return to the main menu at any time, click on the ATC Logo in the top left corner of the page.
Clicking on the RED “CLICK” button displays “optional” Compressors to the 5333.

ATC Connect - 5333 Compressors - HVAC products for All Applications

Now lets use the “Cross Reference” Lookup function on the same part.
The 5333 Compressor from above, is SANDEN’s  4417. As displayed above under Manufacturers #.
At the top of the page, in the CROSS REFERENCE place holder, enter 4417.
ATC Connect - Cross Reference - HVAC products for All Applications
The tool displays 2 pages of components for every occurrence of “4417”
We know we’re looking for a Compressor but Note the Kysor Hi Pressure Switch, The Western Star Blower Motor and the EZ Clip Fittings among others, also has “4417” associated to their part.
ATC Connect - 4417 Compressor lookup - HVAC products for All Applications
Clicking on the 5333 will display pictures and the full specs for the Compressor as per above.

Part Lookup by OE#
The 5333 has an OE# of N83-304543. Enter in the Cross Reference field.ATC Connect N83-304543 lookup - HVAC products for All Applications

Part Lookup by OE# continued
This example shows the occurrences related to the numbers 83301
Note the 18+ pages of parts with that number sequence within the OE part number.
Corresponding parts numbers are displayed on the right of the page.
ATC Connect - OEM Lookup - HVAC products for All Applications

Another example with 2508698 – Note the 2+ pages of associated parts.

ATC Connect - Product lookup by OE - HVAC products for All Applications

To return to the main menu at any time, click on the ATC Logo.

Click here for access to ATC Connect  or for help using the tool, speak with a Customer Service Rep at 1-800-295-4156.

Parts Lookup Using ATC.ca

Thermistor Kit

What is a Thermistor?

An electrical resistor whose resistance is greatly reduced by heating, used for measurement and control. Thermistors, derived from the term thermally sensitive resistors, are a very accurate and cost-effective sensor for measuring temperature. 

Your HVAC Thermistor #2606229-C92 for 2001 International 4000, 7000, 8000 & Prostar series, can be replaced with #1400K for Quicker Installation and Less Hassle! 
Our Kit contains “First Fit OE Products”  for longer life solutions to today’s A/C problems.
Check out the video courtesy of MEI here.

Thermistor kit #1400K to replace 2001-UP International 2606229-C92

Arctic Traveler Canada
is an authorized distributor of replacement original equipment and aftermarket HVAC Parts & Supplies from industry leading Brands. Call us today at 1-800-295-4156 to hear more information on this replacement Thermistor Kit and other HVAC solutions.

 

Mobile Heating Solutions

Arctic Traveler Canada is a manufacturer and master distributor for a wide range of industry leading mobile heating solutions for any application. 

Designed to perform and engineered to improve operator comfort, productivity and reduce maintenance costs, we have a solution to suite your needs.
From 16-65,000 BTU’s, our Cabin, Headliner and Rooftop AC and Heaters will supplement your applications needs to provide hours of comfort.

ESPAR Engine, Cabin & Cargo Heaters – Fuel operated air & coolant heaters.
Airtronic series – From the smallest on the market D2 to the 27,300 BTU’s D8, ESPAR uses innovative heating technology to provide great comfort and warmth for every application, with pleasant temperatures prevailing on cabin entry.

Hydronic series – 7,170-17,755 BTUFuel-powered water heater used to heat the cabin and or the engine and to de-ice the windows (defrost). The heater’s compact design, with its integrated water pump and fuel metering pump (in the diesel version), saves time when installing the heater.

HYDRONIC M & L Series Coolant Heaters

The Hydronic range from 12 kW/42,000 BTUs up to 35 kW/120,000 BTUs in a boxed configuration. These units have an automatic altitude compensation and are available in 12 or 24-volt models. Click here for more info on the Hydronic M & L Series heaters.


Click here for more information on Eperspaecher Airtronic & Hydronic Heaters

ESPAR Airtronic Heaters – 7,500-13,650 BTU Gas or Diesel operated air heaters.


Hydronic D5 - Engine coolant heater

Hydronic M & L Series Coolant Heaters. Ideal for Commercial & Industrial applications.

RedDOT Heaters. The most Versatile and maintenance free
R250 series 16-30 BTU’s – Round tube and fin design allows heater mounting in any position, using multi-position leg brackets or flush mount frame. The compact size, simple plumbing and high output are ideal in any application.

R290 & R295- Single or Double Blower – 20-35,000 BTU’s The big brother of the pair with two high performance three-speed motor blower assemblies, delivers where it’s needed most.

R3500– 49,000 BTU’s – This crew cab heater was designed to be able to heat larger cabs in extreme conditions. Its low profile and heavy duty construction allows for use in various applications.

R-254 – 16-30,000 BTU. These auxiliary heaters are among the most versatile and maintenance free units  ever built.

Single or Double Blower 20-35,000 BTU

This Cab Heater was designed with high performance to be able to heat larger cabs in extreme conditions. Its low profile and heavy duty construction allows this heater to be used in various applications

ATC Heaters – Compact, Versatile and Maintenance free
892059 – 27,000 BTU’s ,  892041 – 40,000 BTU’s,  892002 – 65,000 BTU’s

Available in 12V & 24V, these auxiliary heaters are designed to heat larger cabs in extreme conditions. With a high performance 3 speed blower assembly, compact size, simple plumbing, heavy duty construction and high output, these heaters deliver where it counts and are ideal in any application.  

892059
– Dual blowers, 27,000 BTU’s – Click to view specs –

892041
– Dual blowers, 40,000 BTU’s – Click to view specs –

892002
– Dual blowers, 65,000 BTU’s – Click to view specs –  

This crew cab heater was designed to heat larger cabs in extreme conditions. Its low profile and heavy duty construction allows for use in various applications.The compact size, simple plumbing and high output are ideal in any application.

 

With a high performance 3 speed blower assembly, compact size, simple plumbing, heavy duty construction and high output.


More Engineered Products from ATC

Dual Electric Condenser
Wall Mount A/C & Heater

Arctic Traveler Canada (ATC) is dedicated to heating, cooling and Truck refrigeration of mobile applications. From concept to design using three dimensional images created in Solid Works, to manufacturing and delivery, all products are engineered to exact specifications for your specific application. Call us today at 1-800-295-4156 to discuss your mobile HVAC needs.

Carbon buildup. Remove it to increase heater performance

Arctic Traveler Canada is a master distributor and technical service expert for Eberspaecher Airtronic and Hydronic Heaters.

Carbon buildup can decrease heater performance and reduce operator comfort.


In the event that the burner / flame tube and combustion chamber of the Airtronic D2 or D4 becomes restricted and the heater fails due to carbon/soot build up it may be possible to clean the burner without disassembling the heater by running the heater in high using Kerosene instead of Diesel.

To help identify when a burner has excessive carbon build up, Click here and follow the recommendations.

Since the replacement of a burner with carbon build up is not covered by warranty unless the carbon was caused by a defective heater or component this bulletin will assist in reducing the cost and time of cleaning a burner that has caused the heater to fail due to excessive carbon build up.

The excessive build‐up of carbon in the heater is not a result of normal operation of the heater. The build‐up of excessive carbon or soot in the burner / combustion chamber and flame tube as well as the inside of the heat exchanger is in most a symptom of an underlying problem which is the root cause. Therefore, it is very important to identify and correct the root cause so that the burner does not become restricted again. Please refer to the troubleshooting guide and fault code list to identify the problem. Also refer to the installation instructions to make sure the heater and accessories are installed according to the installation guidelines using the correct parts. 

In some cases the carbon build up in the burner may be too severe and the burner would need to be replaced. Unless the root cause of the carbon build up is corrected the replacement or cleaning of the burner will not result in a permanent solution but only a temporary fix.

Arctic Traveler Canada (ATC) is a Eberspaecher Master Stocking Distributor (MSD) and offers the complete range of Airtronic and Hydronic Heaters. For more Preventative Maintenance procedures, browse the Espar category of our blog ATCNEWS or call us at 1-800-295-4156 for more information.

How To Check and Remove Carbon Build up
Airtronic Heaters Preventative Maintenance
Hydronic Heaters Preventative Maintenance

ESPAR Heaters : How to check & remove Carbon build up

Preventative Maintenance for ESPAR Airtronic and Hydronic Heaters. How to determine and remove carbon build up in the burner.
How To Determine and Remove Excessive Carbon Build up in Espar Heaters.


One way to identify if the burner in your Espar Heaters may have excessive carbon build up is to look into the exhaust outlet of the heater with the flexible exhaust pipe removed.
This may be difficult while the heater is installed due to its location but with the assistance of a mirror and a flashlight it can be accomplished.
Intake and Exhaust outlets of the Espar heaters
Another way to find out if the burner has excessive carbon build up, is to inspect the glow pin screen chamber and look into the burner as much as possible.
If the bottom of the glow pin screen chamber is blocked or partially restricted it may be an indication that the burner could have carbon build up.
Glow pin chamber in Espar Heaters.
When Espar heaters have failed to start due to excessive carbon build‐up in the burner, the heater may produce a Fault Code 52 which is Safety Time Exceeded.
This indicates that the heater was not able to start within its allowed start up time. This may also be accompanied by excessive white smoke.

CAUTION:
During the cleaning process of the heater it is likely that hot pieces of carbon will come out of the exhaust pipe of the heater. Make sure that there is nothing on or around the exhaust that could be ignited by these particles. For example, oily rags, fuel spills, the kerosene container or any other flammable material or substance.
Do not look into exhaust pipe or expose unprotected part of your body to the exhaust outlet.

It is the responsibility of the technician who is performing this method of carbon removal to ensure all safety regulations for working with fuel, are met during the procedure. 
Below is a picture of a burner that was cleaned using Kerosene.
Pictures of the burner in your Espar Heaters before and after it was cleaned to optimize performance and extend life span.


Alternate method of cleaning Espar Heaters

  • Remove the glow pin using the glow pin removal tool, Espar part number 25 2069 01 03 03 and replace the glow pin screen, Espar part number 25 2069 01 03 00. Make sure the ventilation hole on the side of glow pin chamber is completely clear and not restricted or plugged. Clean the glow pin screen chamber with a brush before inserting the new glow pin screen.
  • Reassemble the heater back to operating condition.
  • Make sure all sources of ignition are kept a safe distance away from the fuel lines and the container of kerosene.
  • Remove fuel line from inlet side of fuel pump.
  • Replace this fuel line with another section of fuel line which is an appropriate length and secure one end to inlet side of fuel pump and other end into a flammable safe container of Kerosene. Espar plastic fuel tank or another approved container may be used.
  • Make sure that the fuel lines and fuel container are not near any sources of heat. Make sure the fuel lines do not touch the exhaust systems of the vehicle, or the Heater.
  • Ensure end of fuel line is securely fastened to fuel pump as to not allow any air to enter fuel system during operation.
  • Ensure Kerosene container is not placed near the air intake or exhaust of heater; this will prevent any fumes to enter combustion chamber and also prevent any sparks or hot particles from igniting the Kerosene.
  • Turn on the heater. This may take several attempts to prime fuel lines.
  • Adjust Thermostat or Mini Controller to the highest temperature set point. If necessary, open vehicle doors allowing cool air in. This will ensure that the heater runs in boost.
  • Some heaters with excessive carbon build up may not start using kerosene and will give a Fault Code 52: Safety Time Exceeded. These heaters may require that they be disassembled and cleaned manually.
  • Allow heater to run in boost for approximately 25‐30 minutes.
  • Turn heater off
  • After the heater has completed its cool down cycle, the fuel line can be removed from fuel pump and container. Container can be removed from the area and safely stored away.
  • Reinstall original fuel line back to inlet side of fuel pump.
  • The heater can now be operated as usual.
Arctic Traveler Canada is a MSD (Master Stocking Distributor) for Eberspaecher products and a technical leader actively involved in projects driving the mobility of tomorrow. Call ATC @ 1-800‐295‐4156 for all your Heater and AC needs.

Airtronic Heaters Preventative Maintenance
Hydronic Heaters Preventative Maintenance