Simple maintenance tips to keep your refrigeration fleet on the road
The safe transport of temperature sensitive freight is your number one priority as a fleet owner. This means that your transport refrigeration units must be well maintained and ready to work. Thermoking’s high quality temperature control products are built to exceed industry standards, and your Thermo King Eastern Canada service technicians are dedicated to maintaining their performance. Follow these simple concepts to maintain consistent performance of your refrigeration units and fleet uptime. .
- A battery with a low charge will activate a reefer unit to run even though the temperature set-point has been reached. This is done to maintain ongoing battery health.
- Maintaining a consistent battery voltage level is critical to the operation of a reefer unit’s telematics as well as peripheral trailer equipment that are connected to the battery.
- Every transport refrigeration unit should have a good quality battery like an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) or Flooded Lead-Acid (FLA) battery. An FLA battery offers a battery life span of 18-24 months and many AGM battery owners incorporate solar power to extend battery life.
- Thermolite solar panels work in conjunction with EON batteries to maintain a consistent depth of charge (DOD) for lasting performance. Using Thermolite solar panels will also extend the warranty of an EON battery for up to four years.
Transport refrigeration units today utilize advanced onboard computer systems and software to keep them operating efficiently and at precise temperatures.
- Updating your reefer unit‘s computer software regularly ensures you’re running the latest version and benefiting from any performance enhancements.
- Sensor location and grades should be checked periodically to ensure proper operation.
- Conduct simple visual inspections for potential signs of refrigerant leaks that can result in costly downtime.
- Perform a visual “Quick Refrigerant Level Check” to confirm refrigerant is present in the receiver tank site glass.
General maintenance items
- Check air, oil and fuel filters including fluids levels and viscosity. Belts and hoses should also be checked for excessive wear.
- Clean off dirt and debris in defrost drain hoses and flapper valves.
- Check wiring for any lose fitting, fraying or chaffing.
- Inspect all doors, handles and hardware.
- Preform a Full PreTrip through the Microprocessor regularly.