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SPRING HVAC Tech Tips from RedDOT

Spring HVAC Tech Tips to ensure your AC system and its components perform optimally. Spring has officially sprung and the shift from cold to warm weather can prove impactful to mobile HVAC systems. Following best practices will help to weather even the most extreme seasons and keep your AC systems operating optimally. Read on for some technical tips on maintaining system integrity.  
 

  1. Close your HVAC’s water valve 

During winter, many people will keep their water valves open as they use their heating system. An important part of the shifting weather is to ensure that your water valve is operational and closed. When left open, the system will emit warm air even when the A/C is turned on. 
 

  1. Check for refrigerant leaks 

Most HVAC systems haven’t had their A/C turned on for months because they’re just used for heat during the winter. If an A/C system sits idle for extended periods of time, it can lead to the system’s refrigerant leaking out of the face seal. To check for a refrigerant leak, look for traces of oil on the system’s fittings, or use an electronic leak detector and check the service ports and charge ports where the gauge set is attached. 

  1. Inspect compressor belts for wear and tear 

Since A/C compressor belts are made of rubber, with time and use they will begin to eventually wear and will need to be replaced. Be sure to check the belt for any cracks, abrasions or glazing that will indicate wear and tear. You should also check your compressor belt for proper tension because too much tension will put too much side load on the clutch bearings and cause a leak, whereas too little tension will cause the belt to slip and generate heat, burning off the belt or clutch. 

  1. Ensure proper airflow 

Air filters should be cleaned every time a vehicle undergoes an inspection to ensure proper airflow and the quality of air that an operator will be breathing. It’s also important for air inlets in the operator cab to remain free from obstructions. Air inlets are usually behind the driver’s seat and can be unintentionally covered up by the vehicle operator. If you put your lunch, dog, coat, etc. behind your seat, you may block the inlet and prevent your A/C from properly blowing air.     

For more information on Air Conditioning, Filtration, Heating & Pressurization, call the mobile HVAC specialist Arctic Traveler Canada at 800-295-4156.

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How To Inspect an A/C Compressor
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How To and Which Components to Inspect 
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Engineered HVAC Products

Engineered HVAC products are designed and built for air conditioning, heating, ventilation, air filtration & cab pressurization solutions for heavy duty equipment. We offer a variety of products from individual components parts like Condensers, Hydraulic Compressors, Cab Pressurizers, Evaporators & Heaters to self-contained systems with a wide range of HVAC solutions for Commercial and Industrial applications in Agricultural, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Emergency Services. Our solutions are designed specifically for OEM’s, aftermarket use and built to provide reliable service in extreme conditions.
View the full catalog here https://atc.ca/product-lines/omega/ or contact us for more info.

Engineered HVAC parts for heavy duty equipment like Condensers, Hydraulic Compressors, Cab Pressurizers, Evaporators & Heaters.

Engineered  HVAC products

Engineered HD HVAC products from ATC are an innovative line of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. These products are designed specifically for heavy-duty applications. Unlike standard HVAC systems intended for homes or small businesses, our engineered Heavy Duty HVAC products are built to withstand the demanding requirements of large commercial and industrial facilities.

These high-capacity HVAC systems are rugged and feature heavy-gauge steel cabinets, high-efficiency motors and compressors, and industrial-grade components selected for durability and performance under continuous operation. Dual refrigeration circuits allow for uninterrupted operation if one component fails to ensure redundancy. Programmable logic controllers monitor conditions and automatically optimize performance.

Our HD HVAC technology allows these systems to heat, cool, humidify, dehumidify, ventilate and filter air for the most optimal comfort and indoor air quality. Recommended applications include airports, hospitals, data centers, factories, warehouses, sports arenas; any large spaces with unique HVAC needs would be a good fit. Custom engineering ensures that the system is sized properly and designed for that facility’s specific layout, climate, occupancy, and expected usage.

Engineered HD HVAC products from ATC feature robust construction and customizable designs. These Heavy Duty HVAC systems deliver reliable climate control to meet the most demanding HVAC challenges. This advanced equipment keeps our customer’s large-scale facilities operating in peak condition year after year.


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Omega Canada
is a proven and trusted specialist in mobile climate control. We engineer a wide range of HVAC solutions for Commercial and Industrial applications. Call  1-800-295-4156 to discuss what’s possible and let our experience be your guide.

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.

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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.

Blower Motors by Make

Blower Motors and Wheels are integral parts in the delivery and circulation of air in your vehicles Air Conditioning system. An Electric DC motor is used to circulate warm and cool air inside the cabin and/or sleeper. The Blower Motor “blows” and circulates the warm air from the fins of the heater core or cools the air as it passes from the fins of the evaporator.
Without these components, the hot or cold air produced by your air conditioning system won’t circulate to reach your vehicle’s interior cabin and or sleeper. We offer solutions for Freightliner, International, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt, Sterling, Volvo and Western Star. Review the fast moving replacements by Brand below or the full listing of replacement Blowers here.

TECH TIP Video:  Blower Motors – Common Reasons For Failures


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Arctic Traveler Canada is a proven and trusted specialist in mobile climate control. We design, engineer, manufacturer and distribute a wide range of HVAC solutions for Commercial and Industrial applications. We offer replacement OE and AM parts & supplies for All Applications and Any HVAC system. Call ATC today at 1-800-295-4156 to discuss what’s possible and let our experience be your guide.

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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.

A/C System – How a simple inspection can save

RedDot

Tech Tips From RedDot

Heavy-duty A/C system components rarely fail. In fact, the system fails the components because of contaminated refrigerant oil and general lack of preventive maintenance.

One of the best ways to improve uptime and reduce maintenance costs for the customer is to promote a basic visual check of major A/C components, hose connections, and fittings at regular intervals, like with every engine-oil change. This inspection routine has another benefit: it can generate business for your parts and service department. 

Many A/C components are consumable items. It’s more cost-effective to replace them than to repair them. So preventive maintenance is an opportunity to sell a range of OEM-quality all-makes replacement parts for the air conditioner. Here are some examples:

1. RECEIVER DRIERS

The receiver-drier’s moisture indicator provides a quick visual cue about the refrigerant’s condition: a blue dot means the refrigerant is dry; pink, white, or grey indicates acid or moisture in the system. Checking the sight glass during an oil change or any scheduled maintenance procedure means the truck can receive necessary service while it’s there in the shop, before moisture and acid damage critical A/C components and lead to a failure on the road.

2. CONDENSERS

Dust, bugs, feathers, and other debris collect on the face of fins and tubes and act as a thermal barrier, making it hard for the condenser to shed heat. Condensers also fail because of vibration, which can cause hose connections to come loose and fatigue the condenser tubing adjacent to the fittings. Every 12 months, the condenser should be cleaned (taking special care not to bend or damage the fins) and the hose connections securely clamped.

3. COMPRESSOR/CLUTCH ASSEMBLY

The compressor provides the mechanical energy to circulate refrigerant and manipulate the pressure inside the system. It’s the heart of the A/C system, and the No. 1 HVAC maintenance expense item. Excessive noise and poor cooling performance are the two most obvious symptoms that a compressor is failing. Replacing the compressor involves pulling down the system, which adds refrigerant recovery and recharge to the repair cost.

Next time you see, “A/C won’t blow cold air” on a work order, note that the repair and downtime probably could have been avoided with a simple visual inspection of the truck’s air conditioning system. Any time you change the truck’s oil, check the A/C.

Arctic Traveler Canada is a master distributor and technical service expert for many of our suppliers.
Call us today at 1-800-295-4156 to find your HVAC solutions.

More Tech Tips
A/C Preventative Maintenance Tips from RedDOT 
How To Inspect an A/C Compressor
A/C Compressor Check Up
How To Troubleshoot your A/C Electrical system
Why Do a Winter time PM on your A/C System

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