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  • Writer's pictureMegan Hammons

10 Tips for HVAC Maintenance in Trucks & Heavy Equipment

Maintaining the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system on heavy trucks and equipment trucks and heavy equipment is essential for operator comfort, productivity, and safety.

With summer months approaching, a properly functioning HVAC system not only keeps your team healthy, it helps extend the longevity of your fleet. 

Why is it important to proactively maintain your equipment’s HVAC systems?

The HVAC system is one of the most expensive components of heavy equipment and trucks to install and repair, so its maintenance should definitely be on the radar of fleet and equipment mangers. The scarcity and specialization of parts can also make full repairs costly and timely, keeping important pieces of your fleet out of duty for extended periods of time.

By conducting preventative maintenance measures, you can help reduce the chances of costly breakdowns and repair fees, and well as long downtimes that impact your project timelines and business operations.

Preventative HVAC Maintenance Recommendations for Heavy Equipment & Trucks

Preventative maintenance entails checking and addressing any potential issues before they become more serious and cause bigger problems. This helps increase the longevity of your equipment, which in turn drives down the total cost of ownership. 

There are several preventative maintenance steps you can take to catch underlying issues and prevent more serious problems, such as:

  1. Regular Inspections: Conduct periodic inspections of the HVAC system, including checking for leaks, damaged hoses, and worn-out components. Look for signs of wear, corrosion, or damage in the system's components.

  2. Filter Replacement: Replace air filters regularly to ensure proper airflow and prevent dust, dirt, and debris from accumulating in the system. Clogged filters can reduce efficiency and strain the HVAC components.

  3. Clean Condenser and Evaporator Coils: Clean condenser and evaporator coils to remove dirt, debris, and buildup that can obstruct airflow and reduce cooling/heating efficiency. This should be done at regular intervals to maintain optimal performance. 

  4. Check Refrigerant Levels: Monitor refrigerant levels and ensure they are at the manufacturer's recommended levels. Low refrigerant levels can indicate leaks or other issues that need to be addressed promptly to prevent damage to the system.

  5. Inspect Belts and Pulleys: Check belts and pulleys for wear, tension, and alignment. Replace worn-out belts and adjust tension as needed to prevent slipping and ensure efficient operation of the HVAC system.

  6. Test Thermostat Operation: Test the thermostat to ensure it is functioning correctly and accurately controlling the temperature inside the cabin. Replace the thermostat if it is malfunctioning or inaccurate.

  7. Inspect Electrical Connections: Regularly inspect electrical connections, wiring, and terminals for signs of corrosion, loose connections, or damage. Ensure all connections are tight and secure to prevent electrical issues that could affect the HVAC system's operation.

  8. Clean Air Vents and Ducts: Clean air vents and ducts to remove dirt, dust, and debris that can accumulate over time and obstruct airflow. Blocked vents can reduce the efficiency of the HVAC system and compromise air quality.

  9. Inspect Blower Motor: Check the blower motor for proper operation and lubrication. Clean the blower wheel and motor housing to remove any buildup that could impede airflow or cause motor failure.

  10. Schedule Professional Maintenance: Consider scheduling periodic professional maintenance by HVAC technicians specializing in automotive and heavy equipment HVAC systems. They can perform thorough inspections, testing, and servicing to ensure optimal performance and catch potential issues early.

Implementing these preventative maintenance practices for the HVAC system on trucks and heavy equipment can help ensure comfortable and safe working conditions for operators while prolonging the lifespan and efficiency of the system.

Lost Pines Fleet & Equipment Services is a full-scale truck and diesel hub with heavy equipment extension. We specialize in maintaining fleets at your location and at our shop in Central Texas, and also offer mobile truck repair and remote/field repair and servicing. Schedule your preventative HVAC maintenance service today.

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