Air Conditioning System Maintenance for Shuttle Buses
If you own a bus for private or commercial transport operations, maintenance is going to be key to the use you get out of it. Everything from your engine, to your brakes, and even your air conditioner should always be kept in top condition. Why? Because if you neglect regular service and maintenance, then you risk paying much more for shuttle bus repairs when something fails. Unexpected failures aren’t 100% avoidable, but by choosing to get regular maintenance at Atlantic Bus Sales, you can avoid the majority of issues related to deterioration and poor upkeep.
When it comes to your air conditioning system, this is one area that you don’t want to ignore.
What Can Lead to Bus Repairs for an Air Conditioning System?
Mini bus repairs for air conditioners are not vastly different to those that you would have in your home. Any kind of HVAC unit operates on the same principle of heat transfer, and understanding what can fail on an automotive system can help you to realize why it’s so important to schedule regular maintenance.
It is estimated that a private car air conditioner can lose up to 5% efficiency for every 12 months that it is used. On a bus, where the system is much bigger with more ducting and venting, this loss of efficiency could be even higher. The less efficient the system is, the harder it will have to work to keep things cool, meaning that failures can quickly lead to necessary shuttle bus repairs. Regular maintenance will allow for faults to be identified early, and the system can be kept clean and fully gassed so that there is less chance of unexpected failures.
One way that your buses air conditioner can become inefficient, is when vents and filters are clogged with dust and other particulates. This can cause fans to work overtime, and it also means that the temperature won’t be maintained as expected, which will force the compressor to work harder. Even small blockages in ducts and vents can cause damage over time, so it is essential that you schedule a full service, at least once a year (depending on the mileage that your bus is doing). Because you’ll be dealing with professionals at Atlantic Bus Sales, you can be sure that servicing will be fast and efficient, keeping labor costs down and providing you with the peace of mind knowing that you’re getting the best possible inspections and maintenance.
Although bus air conditioners operate on similar principles to home and commercial units, there are more moving parts, housed in tighter spaces. This leads to more essential points of failure, meaning that maintenance becomes more essential. Belts need to be clean and tensioned correctly for the system to operate at full efficiency. The evaporator also needs to be maintained to a high standard. Even the thermostat in the cabin interior needs to be checked periodically, as a malfunctioning thermostat can lead to cooling problems, or overworking of the entire system.
Keep in mind that an inefficient air conditioner doesn’t just mean that you’ll have to schedule mini bus repairs, it can also mean that your fuel economy drops, since the entire system will be trying to compensate. Over time, the additional fuel can reduce expected mileage and it will cost you more to operate your bus. Just like any other mechanical or electrical system on your vehicle, it simply makes sense to book preventative maintenance and regular inspections at a trusted repair shop.
Over 30 Years as a Trusted Florida Bus Sales & Service Company
Atlantic Bus Sales is the ideal choice for your maintenance and repairs in Florida. With over three decades of experience in the industry, the team will know exactly what your vehicle needs to be operating in peak condition. In addition to air conditioner maintenance, we also offer church bus repairs, paratransit service and repairs, and servicing for almost any model. You can schedule regular inspections, and we can even provide FDOT inspections to ensure compliance of your bus.
Call us today for air conditioning maintenance or any other mechanical and electrical services for your shuttle bus.