Your truck is more than just a vehicle; it’s your home away from home. And your A/C plays a key role in keeping you comfortable while you’re out on the road.

One of the most critical parts of your truck’s A/C system is the condenser. Located between the grille and the radiator, the condenser receives hot refrigerant gas from the compressor and moves it through a series of fins and tubes. With each pass, the gas cools, forming a high-pressure liquid that can be used to chill the cab.

But dirt and debris – such as small rocks, feathers, litter and leaves – can stop this process in its tracks, especially if you’re a long-haul driver whose truck is moving for long periods of time. That’s because, as you drive, these materials accumulate on the condenser where they act like a blanket, holding in heat and limiting your condenser’s ability to cool.

Follow these tips to help you keep your entire A/C system running at peak performance:

  1. Visit your local Volvo dealer regularly for a condenser cleaning. For long-haul applications, the standard service interval for condenser cleanings is 12 months. If you’re a vocational driver who works in particularly dirty or dusty environments, though, a cleaning every three months is recommended to keep contaminants to a minimum.
  2. Get your condenser and other A/C components inspected regularly for leaks or other damage that might impact your truck’s cooling capabilities.
  3. Install a heavy-duty bug screen for long-term condenser protection during the spring and summer months. This aftermarket addition fits between the grille and the condenser, and catches debris before it can collect on and damage your condenser.
  4. When the weather starts to cool, switch out the bug screen for a winter front to safeguard the grille from harmful ice and salt.

Contact the experts at your local Volvo dealer to keep your cab cool and comfortable this spring. And be sure to visit the SELECT Part Store™ for exclusive discounts on all the components you need – whether you’re buying for one truck or a 100-vehicle fleet.