Your truck or fleet vehicle’s HVAC system is an important part of keeping you comfortable. Standing for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning the system works to regulate temperatures throughout your vehicle’s cab. It does so via a combination of fans, refrigerant, and airflow. However, this means there are a lot of moving parts that can suffer from problems that impact not just the proper functioning of the system but also your comfort. That’s why regular maintenance is just as important as repairs. By having your HVAC system checked and serviced on a regular basis, you can catch small issues before they turn into bigger, more costly problems down the road. At SOS Truck & Trailer Repair, we recommend that truck or fleet vehicle owners have their HVAC system inspected at least once a year to ensure everything’s running smoothly.
Signs Your HVAC System May Be Having Trouble
While keeping your HVAC system well-maintained and getting things regularly inspected means less of a chance of problems, as with any complex mechanical system the HVAC components are still liable to problems.
For example, the condenser is responsible for handling the refrigerant vapor put out by the evaporator. It cools down and condenses this vapor back into a liquid. There are quite a few signs that can indicate your condenser is having issues. If the system isn’t cooling nearly as well as it should be, abnormal noises emanating from the system, or if you spot fluid leaks then it’s definitely time to get your condenser looked at.
Another component to keep an eye on is the compressor. This is what’s responsible for keeping enough pressure within the HVAC system to properly cycle refrigerant to the various other components via pressurized air. Some signs your system’s compressor needs some work done is if there are any abnormal fluid leaks or if only hot air is coming from your blower. The latter sign can also be a signal of low refrigerant levels.
Our HVAC System Maintenance & Repair Services
To ensure your HVAC system is functioning at optimal levels, SOS Truck & Trailer Repair offers a wide array of repair and maintenance services, including:
- Clean and Replace Filters: During a maintenance check, our mechanics will clean or replace the system’s filters to ensure optimal performance. We recommend replacing the filters every three to six months, depending on the specific make and model of your commercial truck and the level of use.
- Check and Top Off Refrigerant Levels: The refrigerant is a crucial part of the HVAC system, as it is responsible for cooling the air that is circulated throughout the cab. If the refrigerant levels are low, it can affect the system's ability to cool the air effectively. During a maintenance check, our mechanics will check the refrigerant levels and top them off if necessary. It's important to note that the refrigerant should never be low, as this could indicate a leak in the system. If a leak is detected, it's crucial to address it as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the HVAC system.
- Inspect and Clean Components: In addition to replacing filters and checking refrigerant levels, our mechanics will also inspect and clean various components of the HVAC system during a maintenance check. This includes the evaporator, condenser, and compressor. If these components are dirty or not functioning properly, it can affect the overall performance of the system. By cleaning these components and ensuring that they are in good working order, our mechanics can help to extend the lifespan of your HVAC system and keep it running efficiently.
Trust the team at SOS to keep you cool
Whether you’re looking for a full round of maintenance on your HVAC system, or just need a fluid top-up, call our shop or come on by. The team at SOS Truck & Trailer Repair will help keep you comfortable, hot or cold, during those long drives!