Grande Prairie, Alberta sees everything from minus 40 to plus 30. In the summer months, the weather can become extremely dry and warm. While warm weather can be relaxing off-shift, if you’re sitting in your truck staring down miles of Prairie highways or in any cab working, getting out of the heat is the only thing on your mind.
Heavy Truck & Equipment Air Conditioning Repair
Overheating in a vehicle is not only a cause of minor irritation and drowsiness, it can even lead to dehydration and danger – which isn’t a good combination with big tractor-trailers or heavy utility vehicles. And that’s why a functional heavy truck or equipment air conditioning unit is a must for drivers on blazing summer days.
Air conditioning was once a luxury item in vehicles and now is just about standard in every modern heavy truck today. Your truck's air conditioning unit uses a small amount of power from your engine to cool and recirculate the air inside your cab. Over time, your heavy truck’s air conditioning unit can see some wear, requiring repair and maintenance to keep the cab cooled.
If your heavy truck has an air conditioning unit that doesn’t seem to be as effective as it once was, you may have a leak or worn part that may require replacing. Other possible reasons why you’re not enjoying a cooler cab could include: being low on freon i.e. refrigerant used to keep your heavy truck or equipment cool; a broken high pressure switch; mold, dirt, or other contaminants that have seeped into the system; or there’s a problem with the air compressor.
Our team of reliable mechanics can help repair any damage your heavy truck or equipment air conditioning unit has seen over the years and ensure that the Prairie highways aren’t something you dread driving everyday.
Heavy Truck and Equipment Air Conditioning Units
The air conditioning system in your heavy duty truck and equipment consists of a compressor, condenser, expansion valve and receiver drier or evaporator and orifice tube. If you have ever used a can of compressed air to clean computer components, you will know that the bottle gets very cold in a short amount of time. This is due to the rapid expansion of the compressed gas. The same thing happens in your unit’s air conditioning system.
Refrigerant (Freon) is compressed in the compressor and turns into a hot gas. In the condenser, this hot gas is cooled to a liquid state and travels to the expansion valve. As the Freon goes through the expansion valve it returns to a low-pressure gas and rapidly cools in the evaporator. A fan blows over the evaporator and cools the air that eventually blows out your vents.
Working with Bear Creek Maintenance
Established for over 20 years, our heavy duty mechanic shop offers many different services for many different industries such as oil & gas and agriculture, forestry and tourism, and everything in between in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and area. Bear Creek Maintenance understands that it’s their customers’ machine that puts food on the table and works to get jobs done in a timely manner, all the while paying attention to the bottom dollar. Our shop also values providing the best customer service along with top quality workmanship. We strive to show our customers we did our best and that we value their business.