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Thermo King Refrigeration Units Operations and How They Affect Expenses

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 Published By: Patrick Logan

Individuals who operate refrigerated trailers are often fairly knowledgeable about their businesses. However, even the most experienced individuals are the first to tell you that they don’t know everything when it comes to their reefers. As long as the reefers are doing their job and allowing companies to stay within their budgets, the majority of trailer users aren’t too concerned about the specifics of their refrigeration units. Thermo King offers a wide range of features to set themselves apart from the competition and give their users the best experience possible to increase productivity and ultimately, drive more sales.  In most cases, proper operation of the refrigeration units can significantly reduce overall expenses.

Thermo King Refrigeration Units Running Modes

The running modes determine how much fuel is burned and the amount of maintenance that’s required for the refrigeration unit components. The running modes also control the consistency of the perishable items’ temperatures within the trailer. The age and condition of the refrigeration unit as well as ambient temperatures and the trailer’s insulation value affect the frequency and duration that the refrigeration unit runs.

Most commodities, such as paint, canned goods, beverages, and candy, hold up under 5 to 10-degree temperature swings in either direction. However, some commodities require steady temperatures, which means the refrigeration unit must run continuously. Drivers must negotiate the acceptable temperature range with each shipper to help keep operating expenses as low as possible.

Thermo King recommends that drivers document fuel use and running times for every shipper and every product. This information will come in handy when shippers want to negotiate rates or temperature ranges. Sometimes shippers don’t understand why they don’t need the reefers to run continuously. Supplying current data will help a driver make a case for a temperature range to save on operating expenses as well as wear and tear on the refrigeration unit.

Trailer Use and Care

Drop-and-hook operations save companies money by drastically reducing driver waiting times. However, when left unsupervised, you never know what customers will do with the refrigeration units. Telemetry enables remote, real-time monitoring and may reveal potential abuse of the reefers.

Running a reefer while the doors are open during a delivery or when the vehicle is parked elsewhere wastes energy. Many customers do so anyway because they don’t know better or because it’s simply convenient. If customers insist on running the reefer while the trailer is docked, make sure the engine runs at a lower RPM to reduce fuel usage.

Select the highest insulation value available while still allowing adequate cube in the refrigeration unit. The lower the value or UA figure, the better. A low UA may be issued to a trailer with three inches of insulation in the roof, floors, and walls. It may also allow a refrigeration unit to use just half of the fuel of a reefer with a high UA number because of the mere one inch of foam in the walls and two inches in the floor and roof. However, the low UA trailer will have six percent lower volume and may weigh an extra 200 pounds, resulting in the tractor burning extra fuel to pull it.

We look forward to working with you.

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King are located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.  We have highly skilled certified technicians ready to service your refrigeration trucks. From installing new components to repairing existing units, we have the skills, resources, and experience to provide the services you need.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.

Thermo King Technician Training and Certifications

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 Published By: Patrick Logan

Thermo King technicians receive comprehensive education, training, and certification in order to provide the best service and repair for truck refrigeration components and units. Thermo King has placed a high priority on creating high quality products and then offering stellar support to their customers. This philosophy is just as central to the present day Thermo King organization as it was the day they opened their doors. The Thermo King Education Center is renown in the field for their utmost level of technical coursework and training sessions and general, ongoing education classes and events.

The Thermo King Education Center classes and seminars are intended to further participants’ ability in the following three areas.

  • Technical knowledge of Thermo King units and the industry as a whole
  • Critical thinking skills for problem solving diagnoses and service procedures
  • Expertise and skill in refrigeration truck service and repair as well as general maintenance

Among other course offerings, there are training sessions in risk management and food safety as well as general continuing education. Throughout the year, Thermo King offers a number of training events, awareness seminars, and certification programs for its technicians.

The Thermo King Education Center provides a wide selection of classroom settings, teaching styles, product lines, and course levels. Every Thermo King technician is sure to find a course with a learning environment and teaching style that meets their needs and is appropriate for their particular position within the company.

The Thermo King Education Center is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It boasts cutting edge Thermo King units and technologies in generously sized labs and classrooms. The Minneapolis education center serves as a hub for the center’s expert staff. The trained professionals who educate the Thermo King technicians year after year bring a wealth of experience in a range of fields. The technicians benefit highly from taking courses from professionals who have such a wide knowledge base from years of field experience.

When you’re in need of support, you’ll receive assistance from fully trained and certified providers who are prepared to service the entire line of Thermo King products and units. With support staff on call 24 hours a day, seven days week, you receive the support you need as soon as you need it.

We look forward to working with you.

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King are located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.  We have highly skilled certified technicians ready to service your refrigeration trucks. From installing new components to repairing existing units, we have the skills, resources, and experience to provide the services you need.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Thermo King Products And Services

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 Published By: Patrick Logan

Thermo King is a global leader in transport temperature control systems for a wide variety of vehicles including trailers, trucks, buses, shipboard containers, and rail cars. We also manufacture auxiliary power units (APUs) to decrease engine idling significantly. We back all of our products, provide professional factory-trained service and a full line of genuine competitive parts. From the very beginning, our company has been focused on creating customer-oriented innovations to deliver products safely, reliably, and efficiently all around the world. We uphold this commitment today to help our customers grow their businesses and to improve lives both now and in the future. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should choose Thermo King products and services.

Thermo King products and services provide long-term value for your business

The proper transportation equipment is key for meeting service demands reliably and efficiently. When these demands are met, your business remains profitable. With over seven decades of experience in the industry, Thermo King equipment has consistently proven its dependability. Our products keep their value longer than any other industry leading products.

Thermo King products and services provide built-in savings

When you’re working with superior transportation equipment, your cost of ownership is lower. Proven reliability and efficiency and durable construction save companies money on maintenance expenses and replacement parts. Thermo King’s sustainable designs boast reduced energy consumption for further savings. We quality test all of our products extensively before they go to market to ensure optimal performance and ultimately, fewer breakdowns.

Thermo King provides expert service and support

Thermo King technicians are trained and certified in our entire product line. With the largest service network in North America offering assistance around the clock, you have the support you need as soon as you need it, regardless of your location. We provide Thermo™ Gard Service and Maintenance Solutions that allow you to select the service program that is the best fit for the needs of your business. We have centralized billing, repair authorization options, service, and extended warranty options at all of our 200+ factory-authorized service centers around the country.

Through research and development, Thermo King products and services provide proven results for reliability and quality

Using high-quality products provides peace of mind and helps maximize profits. Thermo King has cutting-edge research and development facilities around the world with the end goal of helping our clients achieve both of these objectives. Thermo King products and services provide real-world technology and success. Our research and development facilities have the capacity to use the most up to date, advanced technologies and processes available to test every product we create. We have close partnerships with our engineering groups to examine the role that technology plays in the key characteristics of our products. In the real world, Thermo King systems and components must be able to withstand harsh and often unpredictable environments. Thorough testing ensures our products make the grade and adhere to our high quality and reliability standards. The result is a superior level of performance for the duration of our products’ lifespan, which results in a higher level of customer satisfaction.

Thermo King provides education and training for our technicians

The Thermo King Education Center is a leading provider of training and education for technicians. Our courses enhance the following skill sets.

  • Expertise in service, repair, and general maintenance
  • Critical thinking skills for diagnostic and service procedures
  • Technical knowledge of the units and the industry as a whole

We look forward to working with you.

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King are located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.  We have highly skilled certified technicians ready to service your refrigeration trucks. From installing new components to repairing existing units, we have the skills, resources, and experience to provide the services you need.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.

Keeping Your Thermo King Refrigeration Unit Clean

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 Published By: Patrick Logan

Just as its name implies, Thermo King is one of the kings of transporting foods and other perishables to destinations across our country. Keeping your Thermo King refrigeration unit clean helps to keep bacteria from getting into the valuable cargo that you transport.

A Thermo King refrigeration unit

Whether you own your own Thermo King reefer – or it’s the property of the company you work for – you want to make sure it is kept clean and continues to run smoothly. One of the best ways to ensure its performance is up to par, is to perform preventative maintenance. Cleaning and servicing the refrigeration unit will cut down on costly maintenance as well as keep the contents of your hauls clean and free of harmful bacteria.

What you will need to clean the Thermo King refrigeration unit

It’s always smart to be proactive and have your supplies handy before starting any project – cleaning a Thermo King refrigeration unit is no exception. To give your reefer a good cleaning you will need to have the following things close by. A protective eye mask or goggles to prevent a splash in your eye. You’ll need rubber gloves, a 5-gallon bucket, an industrial strength refrigeration unit cleaner and a wide broom. You will also need a garden hose, an electric power washer with heat – and don’t forget the trailer boom.

Steps for cleaning your Thermo King refrigeration unit

Step 1. Make sure the refrigeration unit is turned off and remove any hardware or palettes from the cargo space. This is a good time to put on your protective eye goggles and rubber gloves.

Step 2. Mix the cleaner with water in the 5-gallon bucket – by using a ratio of five parts cleaner to ten parts water (5:10). This solution will go into the power washer.  Next, connect the power washer to the garden hose.

Step 3. Turn the power washer heat to low – and the spray to high.

Step 4.  Spray the unit, starting with the ceiling first – then each wall. Spray the wall from top to bottom. Lastly, spray the floors. Using the wide broom, make sure you get into the grooves in the floor to remove all dirt and debris that has collected since the last cleaning.  

Keep the Thermo King refrigeration unit clean

Truck drivers are usually short on time – if you don’t have the time to go through each step of the cleaning process, most truck stops have professionals who will clean and wash your Thermo King. It’s best to call ahead to schedule a professional wash for your refrigeration unit.

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King are located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.  We have highly skilled certified technicians ready to service your refrigeration trucks. From installing new components to repairing existing units, we have the skills, resources, and experience to provide the services you need.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.

Safety Precautions When Servicing Thermo King Components and Systems

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 Published By: renden reid

When servicing Thermo King components and systems, it is crucial to follow safety precautions as recommended by the manufacturer and highlighted in the Thermo King maintenance manual. Make sure to thoroughly review the proper procedures for service and repair before performing maintenance on your Thermo King unit. If you are uncomfortable with any service recommendations, consider hiring a professional to take care of all of your maintenance needs. Please refer to your current maintenance manual for complete safety precautions and service instructions. These are just a few highlights of the safety precautions for your Thermo King unit.

General Safety Precautions for Thermo King Components & Systems

Always wear safety goggles or glasses when servicing Thermo King units. You could come in contact with refrigerant liquid or battery acid, which can be detrimental to your eyesight. Another important thing to remember is to always keep your hands, clothing and tools clear of the fan when the refrigeration unit is running. Other general safety precautions include taking care around the coil fins (which you could cut yourself on), using extreme caution when drilling holes in the unit, and being sure to service the unit in a well-ventilated area. For all general safety precautions, be sure to reference your updated Thermo King maintenance manual.

Refrigerant & Refrigerant Oil Safety Precautions

When servicing Thermo King units (or any refrigeration unit), it is essential to make sure that no refrigerant escapes into the atmosphere. In their liquid state, refrigerant liquids can cause severe damage and harm. The liquids evaporate quickly, and can freeze anything they contact – even causing severe frostbite.

Extreme care should be taken with refrigerant oil. Any contact with eyes, skin or clothing should be tended to immediately. Refer to your maintenance manual for specific first aid instructions.

Thermo King Electrical Safety Precautions

As with most machines and refrigeration units, the risk of electrical shock is always present. Even if the unit is not running, care should be taken when it is connected to a power source. When servicing your Thermo King unit, be sure to turn OFF the unit before disconnecting the main power source and be sure the plug and outlets are clean and dry before reconnecting the power source. As with any electrical source, beware of metal tools and treat all electrical wires as high voltage wires.

Thermo King Units with a Microprocessor Controller – Special Safety Precautions

If your Thermo King unit is equipped with a microprocessor controller, you’ll need to take extra precautions to prevent electrical discharge. If the proper discharge procedures are not followed, there is a high risk of damaging the electrical components.

Pre-trip, 1,000 Hours & Annual Service Inspections

According to the Thermo King service guide, specific parts of your unit should be inspected and/or serviced pre-trip, after every 1,000 hours and annually. Beside the visual pre-trip checks and checking basic fluid levels, it may be wise to contact a professional for your thousand-hour and annual service needs.

Trust your Thermo King Components and Systems to the Professionals

When servicing Thermo King units, follow all highlighted safety precautions in your updated Thermo King maintenance manual to protect yourself from harm and prevent damage to components. If you are not properly trained to service your unit or feel uncomfortable with the procedures in any way, contact a professional to take care of your maintenance needs. Trust your Thermo King components and system maintenance to the professionals at West Texas Thermo King and know that your unit is in good hands.

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King are located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.  We have highly skilled certified technicians ready to service your refrigeration trucks. From installing new components to repairing existing units, we have the skills, resources, and experience to provide the services you need.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.

Why Thermo King’s TriPac Evolution Is Your Top Choice for an APU

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 Published By: renden reid

If you are looking for a top-of-the-line auxiliary power unit (or an APU) with lower operating costs, higher efficiency and a great look – the Thermo King TriPac Evolution is your best choice. Why should you choose this APU over any other? Well, here are some of the great benefits of the TriPac Evolution by Thermo King.

The TriPac Evolution from Thermo King is Easy to Use

One thing (of many) is the TriPac Evolution excels in ease of use. With a simple three-knob operating system, there is no need for extensive operator training. Keep things simple with an easy design that is easy to control and monitor. The Thermo King brand also offers 24 hour, 7 days a week support – nationwide. So, if there’s a question or a problem – the company will be there to help you out. That’s some great peace of mind to come with your APU.

Cost Effective

There are so many ways that the TriPac Evolution helps to reduce your cost. From reduced weight to long maintenance intervals, the TriPac Evolution will keep your costs low and your efficiency high. This APU is low in weight, which means you won’t need to worry about extra pounds for your load. Less weight on your APU means more cargo weight for you haul. The TriPac Evolution also keeps costs low with fuel saving features. You can program the TriPac Evolution to keep things switched off during your out-of-service days, but still start reliably when you’re ready to go. Another cost-saving feature of this APU is it’s long maintenance intervals – 1500 hours long. That means fewer scheduled maintenance times throughout the year.

Get A Great Look

How your rig looks is an important aspect of your entire operation. Keeping up a great appearance is good for your company and good for you as an operator. The TriPac Evolution offers an appearance package to really raise the visual bar of your rig. There’s even a diamond plated top cover you can add to the APU to really give a great look…

When you are choosing a new APU for your rig, it’s clear why the TriPac Evolution by Thermo King is the top choice for you and your company. From cost effectiveness to overall quality, you can stand out, save money and have peace of mind with the TriPac Evolution from Thermo King.

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King are located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.  We have highly skilled certified technicians ready to service your refrigeration trucks. From installing new components to repairing existing units, we have the skills, resources, and experience to provide the services you need.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.

Amarillo & West Texas Thermo King Services

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 Published By: Patrick Logan

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King proudly boast of a team of certified staff who have received specialized training to work on all types of Thermo King, Carrier and Red Dot units and systems. We also construct replacement OEM cab air hoses. All of our locations and our sister companies offer a comprehensive service trailer repair facility to repair and replace axles, ABS brakes, MAXON lift gates and to rebuild trailers. The following details each of our service offerings in full.

Thermo King

The TriPac™ Evolution is Thermo King’s next generation auxiliary power unit (APU). It offers virtually limitless heating and cooling at maximum efficiency and user productivity. The industry leading performance, low operating cost, and user friendly interface set TriPac apart from the competition. Amarillo Thermo King provides Thermo King units, parts, and service for the TriPac Evolution and other Thermo King products. Thanks to the world class Thermo King dealer network, we offer around the clock service on Thermo King products, giving drivers peace of mind about their fleets. Call any of our locations at any time of the day or night for immediate customer service.

Thermo King Peace-of-Mind: Standard with Precedent

The Precedent platform represents the very latest in transport refrigeration technology, but it’s backed by something that can only be built up slowly over time: Thermo King services peace-of-mind. Precedent takes everything we’ve learned since we invented transport refrigeration back in 1938 and gives you industry-leading performance and the quality and reliability that Thermo King is known for. And because it’s backed by the Thermo King warranty, you can rest easy knowing we’ve got you and your business covered, day in and day out.

Red Dot service

As a Red Dot affiliate, we provide accurate, reliable temperature control for existing cabs. West Texas Thermo King services and carries an extensive selection of products and systems, including the following:

  • Red Dot R-9777 Heater-Air-Conditioner
  • Red Dot R-5045 Heater-Air-Conditioner
  • Red Dot R-6100 Air-Conditioner.
  • Red Dot No-Idle Air-Conditioner R-1200
  • Red Dot No-Idle Air-Conditioner R-1205
  • Red Dot R-9976 Hydraulic Compressor

Our team is trained to help cab drivers and fleet managers choose the right solutions for their available cab space, fleet applications, and vehicle specifications.

Trailer parts and service

We offer full scale service and parts for existing trailers as well as trailer sales and rentals. Our colocated sister company, Trailer Services of West Texas provides the best trailer repair services in the region.  Each of our locations handles ABS brake, axle, and MAXON lift gate repair and replacement as well as full trailer rebuilds. From flatbeds to refrigerated trucks to belt trailers, we’re prepared to fix your vehicle. We also carry a wide selection of trailer parts for virtually every make and model, thanks to our association with Aurora Parts and Great Dane Trailer Parts.

As an authorized Paragon dealer, we service and supply parts for Paragon blowers and accessories. We also stock Fruitland Vacuum pumps and accessories.

Axle Surgeon and Line Boring

Trailer Services of West Texas can replace broken spindles for a fraction of the cost of a new spindle. Our teams restore equipment to original equipment manufacturer specifications and limit downtime so you’re back on the road with good as new parts as soon as possible. We also offer mobile line boring and service. Repairing expensive cab components saves you time and money and leaves you with vehicles that are stronger and more reliable than ever.

Tank Trailer Service

Our tank trailer service provides a full array of services and qualifications for trailers, including the following.

  • Tank inspections (i.e. visual, thickness, pressure)
  • Pump, compressor, and blower installation
  • Accident repairs for both minor and major rollovers
  • Preventative maintenance service
  • General repair and service
  • Custom fabrication

Amarillo Thermo King and West Texas Thermo King are located in Amarillo, Lubbock, and Odessa.  We have highly skilled certified technicians ready to service your refrigeration trucks. From installing new components to repairing existing units, we have the skills, resources, and experience to provide the services you need.  To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment at a specific location, Contact Us Today (for Amarillo, call (806) 376-5837 or contact via email, for Lubbock, call (806) 763-6311 or contact via email, for Odessa, call (432) 561-9792) or contact via email).  You can also visit one of our locations convenient located near you.