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Espar Hydronic Coolant Heaters

Espar Hydronic coolant heaters offer affordable preheating of engine, fuel, and hydraulic systems as well as supplemental cab heating without idling the vehicle. They provide affordable heating solutions for trucks, off-road equipment, boats and buses.

Hydronic S3 – The newest and most compact heater on the market that satisfies the latest requirements of all vehicle segments. Its compact dimensions and fantastic flexibility during installation are truly impressive. To learn more about this little marvel, watch the Introduction & Technical overview videos on our Youtube channel, ATCTV.

The coolant or hydronic S3 heater works efficiently with all popular types of fuel. Due to its robust construction – with an encapsulated fan motor and the separation of cold and hot components – it is designed for longevity.By launching the Hydronic S3 Economy, Eberspächer introduces a compact water heater into the market that satisfies the latest requirements of all vehicle segments. Its compact dimensions and fantastic flexibility during installation are truly impressive. In addition, the Hydronic S3 Economy uses pioneering Eberspächer CAN bus technology and is made with robust components.

Hyrdronic D5 Series offers affordable preheating of engine, fuel, and hydraulic systems as well as supplemental cab heating without idling the vehicle. Units function like hot water furnaces, utilizing the vehicle’s own fuel and power supply to produce heat. The heater’s coolant pump then circulates the engine’s coolant to transfer the heat to the engine block. Applications include: trucks, off-highway equipment, boats, and buses. Units are easy to install and do not require electrical plug-ins.
Espars Hydronic D5 coolant heater series offers affordable preheating of engine, fuel, and hydraulic systems as well as supplemental cab heating without idling the vehicle.  The heater’s coolant pump then circulates the engine’s coolant to transfer the heat to the engine block.The Hydronic D5 coolant heaters work independently of the engine and thus offer a double plus: pre-heating the vehicle's passenger compartment and the engine.

Hydronic M-II series is powerful, compact, lightweight, and rugged in design. This series of heaters are ideal for providing engine, fuel, and hydraulic preheat for off-highway equipment as well as engine and supplemental cabin heat for motorcoachs and school buses. They are available in 1 size with 4 power levels and are diesel or bio-diesel compatible.

Espar Hydronic M-II series is powerful, compact, lightweight, and rugged in design. This series of heaters are ideal for providing engine, fuel, and hydraulic preheat for off-highway equipment as well as engine and supplemental cabin heat for motorcoachs and school buses.Espars Hydronic M-II series of heaters is available in one size with the option of four power levels and are diesel or bio-diesel compatible. Units can be boxed for protection against the elements and incorporate an automatic altitude compensation component, so you can use your heater anywhere with ease.

Hydronic L-II series is available in 1 size with 4 power levels for the largest coaches, boats and off-road engines. These heaters provide engine, fuel and hydraulic preheat and can be incorporated into a coaches heating system to provide supplemental heat   These large HYDRONIC pre-heaters can be boxed for protection against the elements and offer innovative amp management solutions utilizing our multifunction switch.
These large Espar Hydronic pre-heaters  are available in one size with the option of four power levels and can be boxed for protection against the elements.Espar’s HYDRONIC L-II series are for the largest coaches, boats and off-road engines. These heaters provide engine, fuel and hydraulic preheat and can be incorporated into a coaches heating system to provide supplemental heat.

Arctic Traveler Canada (ATC) is proud to be an Eberspacher Master Stocking Distributor (MSD) and offers the complete range of Airtronic and Hydronic heaters, the most comprehensive range of fuel operated air and coolant heater products available in today’s marketplace.

Espar Airtronic and Hydronic Heaters

Eastern Canada’s largest MSD wants to make this your best ESPAR season ever!

Arctic Traveler Canada (ATC) is proud to be an Eberspacher Master Stocking Distributor (MSD) and offers the complete range of products. Eberspaecher has the most comprehensive range of fuel operated air and coolant heater products available in today’s marketplace.

Arctic Traveler Canada (ATC) is proud to be an Eberspacher Master Stocking Distributor (MSD) and offers the complete range of Airtronic and Hydronic heaters. Eberspaecher has the most comprehensive range of fuel operated air and coolant heater products available in today’s marketplace.

Espar Airtronic and Hydronic Heaters

AIRTRONIC Air Heaters
Eberspaecher’s air heaters are independent of both the engine and of the vehicle’s own heat balance. They draw in cool room or outside air, heat this up and then deliver it to the interior of the vehicle. Air heaters are an excellent solution for commercial vehicles of every type.

HYDRONIC Coolant Heaters
Eberspaecher’s coolant heaters work independently of the engine and thus offer a double plus: pre-heating the vehicle’s passenger compartment and the engine. The heaters are integrated in the cooling system of the engine. The thermal energy gained is then distributed through the vehicle’s own heat exchanger as forced hot air and this heats the interior of the vehicle via existing air vents. The engine is warmed up with the residual heat in the cooling water.

In case you don’t already know about Arctic Traveler Canada’s enviable history with Eberspaecher, we’d like to tell you a little about who we are:

  • For over ten years ATC has provided full warehousing, distribution, service and sales support to Espar for all heaters across Eastern Canada.
  • ATC provides our own engineering team for when customers needs deviate from the norm.
  • ATC maintains three warehouses, MississaugaMontreal and Burlington (HQ), to provide fast delivery of heaters and/or replacement parts & service.
  • ATC offers full complete service, diagnostics and heater repair at all our locations and even have our own Espar trained technicians who can assist at your location.
  • ATC facilitates full Espar warranty support for every heater we sell, from a simple warranty claim to training your staff how to process claims directly with Espar. 
  • ATC provides OEM style installs on chassis not factory equipped with heaters, this includes Espar’s full two year/2000 hour warranty on the heater.

Need an Espar heating solution for your Application?
Whether you need one heater or a skid load, replacement parts or technical support on any Espar Airtronic and Hydronic Heater, contact us.
We look forward to showing you how our 50+ years of experience can add value to your company’s bottom line!

Arctic Traveler Canada, the mobile climate control specialist – Call 1-800-295-4156 for more information or visit us here.


ESPAR Hydronic Heaters – Preventative Maintenance

Espar’s Hydronic Heaters uses the vehicles coolant system to pre-heat the engine coolant to allow for effective vehicle starting in extreme climates. With some modifications, vehicles can be configured to allow for warming the passenger compartment through the existing vehicle heating system.

Espar Hydronic Heaters

Espar Hydronic heaters are integrated in the cooling system of the engine and work independently of the engine, thus offers pre-heating of the engine and the vehicle’s passenger compartment. The thermal energy gained is then distributed through the vehicle’s own heat exchanger as forced hot air and this heats the interior of the vehicle via existing air vents. The engine is warmed up with the residual heat in the cooling water.

Pre-Season Preventative Maintenance For Hydronic Heaters 

Before the cold weather arrives, it’s recommended that your Espar HYDRONIC  heaters receive a preseason check to ensure the heater is clean, free running and ready for a trouble free season. Please use the recommended tools and follow the procedures as outlined in the heater manual while removing and reinstalling the different heater components.  heater(s) are clean, free running and ready for a trouble free season. The heaters should be inspected and repaired by an Espar trained mechanic, as follows: 

1. Check all electrical connections from the heater to the batteries. Check for wear and abrasion along the length of the harnesses. Repair or replace the harness whenever the harness insulation is broken or damaged. Check the battery connections. Clean any corrosion at the terminals. Replace the battery terminals if the corrosion is severe. Check the fuse for corrosion and the correct rating.

2. Check all clamps and hoses. Replace as required.

3. Check the condition of the exhaust system. Check for holes and breaks in the exhaust piping. Replace the exhaust as necessary.

4. Check the fuel pump filter ‐ clean or replace as necessary. For heaters with external fuel pumps, ensure mounting angle of the fuel pump is in between 15‐35o. An incorrectly mounted fuel pump may lead to excessive carbon issues. Check the fuel lines for possible leaks, loose clamps, etc. Once the entire fuel system has been checked and any issues corrected, it is advisable to do a fuel quantity check.

5. Check and clear clogged weep holes on the side of the heater body. Look for any indication of coolant leakages. If leakage is suspected then remove cover with water pump assembly and inspect and replace “O” rings on water pump housing. Closely inspect the heater waterjacket for leakages and replace “O” ring between waterjacket and heat exchanger. If the waterjacket is cracked, replace it.

6. Remove and replace the glow pin screen. Make sure that the new screen is installed correctly as outlined in the repair manual for the heater.

7. Remove and check the glow pin. If it shows signs of dissimilar color or if the glow pin is in any way distorted, replace it.

8. The coolant pump should be removed and the impeller checked for damage. Any dirt or metal particles on the impeller magnet should be removed and the cavity in the pump should also be cleaned. Please Note: coolant pumps are not covered by warranty if the vehicle’s coolant system is excessively contaminated. Refer to Technical Circular 250.

9. Remove the flame tube and check the condition of the flame tube end. The flame tube should be light brown in color with no excessive carbon on the end of the flame tube. Check for carbon build up on the burner “nose” at the cold end of the flame tube. Any carbon covering the air slots should be removed. Check the inside of the heat exchanger and scrape any loose carbon out from between the fins in the heat exchanger. Re‐install the flame tube replacing all gaskets.

10. Re‐assemble the heater and test operation. The heater should be bench tested for 15‐20 minutes before returning the heater to the vehicle.

11. Regardless of the season, run the heater every month for a minimum period of 15 minutes. This will help the heater to burn away any combustion residue in the burner chamber and prevent corrosion in the waterjacket and decay of “O”rings

Arctic Traveler Canada is a MSD (Master Distributor) for Eberspaecher products and a technical leader actively involved in projects driving the mobility of tomorrow. Call 1-800-295-4156 for more information about mobile heating solutions.

ESPAR Airtronic Heaters – Preventative Maintenance

Arctic Traveler Canada is a master distributor and technical service expert for ESPAR Airtronics and Hydronics Heaters.

Preventative Maintenance For Espar Airtronic Heaters 

It’s recommended that Espar Airtronic heaters receive a pre-season check-up to ensure the heaters are ready for a trouble-free cold weather season. Always use the recommended tools and follow the procedures as outlined in the manual while removing and reinstalling the heater components. 

The heaters should be inspected and repaired by an Espar trained mechanic, as follows:
1. Before initial operation ensure that the heater is not being subjected to external loads by heavy objects being placed over it. This may cause damage to the heater parts and affect its normal operation. Ensure that sufficient clearances, as recommended in the heater manual are being maintained around the heater, even while the vehicle is in operation.

2. Check the return air inlet port and hot air outlet port for any blockages. Inspect the length of ducting for any damage and replace as necessary. Ensure all ducting connections are secure. Discourage heat sensitive materials from being placed too close to the heater, ducting components or hot air outlet ports.

3. Check all electrical connections from the heater to the batteries. Check for wear and abrasion along the length of the harnesses. Repair or replace the harness whenever the harness insulation is broken or damaged. Check the battery connections. Clean any corrosion at the terminals. Replace the battery terminals if the corrosion is severe. Check the fuse for corrosion and the correct rating.

4. Remove the glow pin and if necessary, clean it. If the glow pin shows signs of dissimilar color or distortions, replace it. Inspect the glow pin wires for damage and if necessary, replace it. Remember to clean the glow pin chamber and ensure glow pin ventilation hole is clear of any obstructions, than replace the glow pin.

5. Regardless of its condition, remove and replace the glow pin screen every pre-season. Make sure that the new screen is installed correctly. Install the new screen.

6. Check the condition of the exhaust pipe. Look for any holes or breaks in the exhaust piping. Replace if necessary. Ensure the exhaust pipe is securely located and correctly routed.

7. Check the condition of the combustion air intake tube. Clear any blockages. If damaged, replace it. Ensure that the combustion air intake tube is securely located and correctly routed.

8. Ensure mounting angle of the fuel pump is in between 15-35 degrees. An incorrectly mounted fuel pump may lead to excessive carbon issues. Check the fuel lines for possible leaks, loosened clamps, etc., inspect the filter on the suction side fuel pump filter, clean or replace as necessary. Once the entire fuel system has been checked and any issues corrected, it is advisable to do a fuel quantity check.

9. If the fuel quantity result is above specification, then it will be a cause for excessive carbon issues and the fuel pump should be replaced. If the fuel quantity result is within specifications, but on the higher side, then any possible excessive carbon issues may be corrected by increasing the mounting angel of the fuel pump to the near vertical position. If fuel quantity result is below specification, then it is recommended that the fuel pump may be replaced only if the heater repeatedly flames out during operation.

10. If there are complaints about the heater smoking excessively during operation then remove and check the condition of the burner. The burner should be light brown in color. Clean any carbon build up inside the burner tube. Check the inside of the heat exchanger and scrape out any loose carbon.

11. When reassembling the burner and the heat exchanger use a new thermal insulator. Likewise, when reassembling the blower motor assembly use a new blower gasket.

12. Reassemble the heater and test operation. The heater should be bench tested for 15-20 minutes before returning the heater to the vehicle.

13. Regardless of the season, run the heater every month for a minimum period of 15 minutes. This will help the heater to burn away any combustion residue in the burner chamber. It will ensure that the fuel in the lines to the heater does not gel and solidify and that the heater will start reliably when heating season arrives.

Arctic Traveler is a MSD (Master Distributor) for Eberspaecher products and a technical leader actively involved in projects driving the mobility of tomorrow. Call 1-800-295-4156 for more information about mobile heating solutions.

Airtronic Heaters-How To Remove Carbon buildup

Arctic Traveler Canada is a master distributor and technical service expert for ESPAR Airtronics and Hydronics Heaters.

How To Remove Carbon buildup on Airtronic D2 and D4 Burners


To help identify when a burner has excessive carbon build up, Click here and follow the recommendations.

In the event that the burner / flame tube and combustion chamber of the Airtronic D2 or D4 becomes restricted and the heater fails due to carbon/soot build up it may be possible to clean the burner without disassembling the heater by running the heater in high using Kerosene instead of Diesel.

Since the replacement of a burner with carbon build up is not covered by warranty unless the carbon was caused by a defective heater or component this bulletin will assist in reducing the cost and time of cleaning a burner that has caused the heater to fail due to excessive carbon build up.

The excessive build‐up of carbon in the heater is not a result of normal operation of the heater. The build‐up of excessive carbon or soot in the burner / combustion chamber and flame tube as well as the inside of the heat exchanger is in most a symptom of an underlying problem which is the root cause. Therefore, it is very important to identify and correct the root cause so that the burner does not become restricted again. Please refer to the troubleshooting guide and fault code list to identify the problem. Also refer to the installation instructions to make sure the heater and accessories are installed according to the installation guidelines using the correct parts. 

In some cases the carbon build up in the burner may be too severe and the burner would need to be replaced. Unless the root cause of the carbon build up is corrected the replacement or cleaning of the burner will not result in a permanent solution but only a temporary fix.

ESPAR Heaters : How to check & remove Carbon build up

Preventative Maintenance for ESPAR Airtronic and Hydronic Heaters. How to determine and remove carbon build up in the burner.
How To Determine and Remove Excessive Carbon Build up in Espar Heaters.


One way to identify if the burner in your Espar Heaters may have excessive carbon build up is to look into the exhaust outlet of the heater with the flexible exhaust pipe removed.
This may be difficult while the heater is installed due to its location but with the assistance of a mirror and a flashlight it can be accomplished.
Intake and Exhaust outlets of the Espar heaters
Another way to find out if the burner has excessive carbon build up is to inspect the glow pin screen chamber and look into the burner as much as possible.
If the bottom of the glow pin screen chamber is blocked or partially restricted it may be an indication that the burner could have carbon build up.
Glow pin chamber in Espar Heaters.
When Espar heaters have failed to start due to excessive carbon build‐up in the burner, the heater may produce a Fault Code 52 which is Safety Time Exceeded.
This indicates that the heater was not able to start within its allowed start up time. This may also be accompanied by excessive white smoke.

CAUTION:
During the cleaning process of the heater it is likely that hot pieces of carbon will come out of the exhaust pipe of the heater. Make sure that there is nothing on or around the exhaust that could be ignited by these particles. For example, oily rags, fuel spills, the kerosene container or any other flammable material or substance.
Do not look into exhaust pipe or expose unprotected part of your body to the exhaust outlet.

It is the responsibility of the technician who is performing this method of carbon removal to ensure all safety regulations for working with fuel, are met during the procedure. 
Below is a picture of a burner that was cleaned using Kerosene.
Pictures of the burner in your Espar Heaters before and after it was cleaned to optimize performance and extend life span.


Alternate method of cleaning Espar Heaters

  • Remove the glow pin using the glow pin removal tool, Espar part number 25 2069 01 03 03 and replace the glow pin screen, Espar part number 25 2069 01 03 00. Make sure the ventilation hole on the side of glow pin chamber is completely clear and not restricted or plugged. Clean the glow pin screen chamber with a brush before inserting the new glow pin screen.
  • Reassemble the heater back to operating condition.
  • Make sure all sources of ignition are kept a safe distance away from the fuel lines and the container of kerosene.
  • Remove fuel line from inlet side of fuel pump.
  • Replace this fuel line with another section of fuel line which is an appropriate length and secure one end to inlet side of fuel pump and other end into a flammable safe container of Kerosene. Espar plastic fuel tank or another approved container may be used.
  • Make sure that the fuel lines and fuel container are not near any sources of heat. Make sure the fuel lines do not touch the exhaust systems of the vehicle, or the Heater.
  • Ensure end of fuel line is securely fastened to fuel pump as to not allow any air to enter fuel system during operation.
  • Ensure Kerosene container is not placed near the air intake or exhaust of heater; this will prevent any fumes to enter combustion chamber and also prevent any sparks or hot particles from igniting the Kerosene.
  • Turn on the heater. This may take several attempts to prime fuel lines.
  • Adjust Thermostat or Mini Controller to the highest temperature set point. If necessary, open vehicle doors allowing cool air in. This will ensure that the heater runs in boost.
  • Some heaters with excessive carbon build up may not start using kerosene and will give a Fault Code 52: Safety Time Exceeded. These heaters may require that they be disassembled and cleaned manually.
  • Allow heater to run in boost for approximately 25‐30 minutes.
  • Turn heater off
  • After the heater has completed its cool down cycle, the fuel line can be removed from fuel pump and container. Container can be removed from the area and safely stored away.
  • Reinstall original fuel line back to inlet side of fuel pump.
  • The heater can now be operated as usual.

Arctic Traveler is a MSD (Master Distributor) for Eberspaecher products and a technical leader actively involved in projects driving the mobility of tomorrow. Call ATC @ 1-800‐295‐4156 for all your Heater and AC needs 

Mobile Heating Solutions

Arctic Traveler Canada is a manufacturer and master distributor for a wide range of industry leading mobile heating solutions for every application. 

Designed to perform and engineered to improve operator comfort, productivity and reduce maintenance costs, we have a solution to suite your needs.
From 16-65,000 BTU’s, our Cabin, Headliner and Rooftop auxiliary heaters will supplement your Gas or Diesel needs and provide hours of comfort.

ESPAR Engine, Cabin & Cargo Heaters – Fuel operated air & coolant heaters.

Airtronic series – From the smallest on the market D2 to the 27,300 BTU’s D8, ESPAR uses innovative heating technology to provide great comfort and warmth for every application, with pleasant temperatures prevailing on cabin entry.

Hydronic series – 7,170-17,755 BTUFuel-powered water heater used to heat the cabin and or the engine and to de-ice the windows (defrost). The heater’s compact design, with its integrated water pump and fuel metering pump (in the diesel version), saves time when installing the heater.

ESPAR Airtronic Heaters – 7,500-13,650 BTU Gas or Diesel operated air heaters.


Hydronic series

RedDOT Heaters. The most Versatile and maintenance free

R250 series 16-30 BTU’s – Round tube and fin design allows heater mounting in any position, using multi-position leg brackets or flush mount frame. The compact size, simple plumbing and high output are ideal in any application.

R290 & R295- Single or Double Blower – 20-35,000 BTU’s The big brother of the pair with two high performance three-speed motor blower assemblies, delivers where it’s needed most.

R3500– 49,000 BTU’s – This crew cab heater was designed to be able to heat larger cabs in extreme conditions. Its low profile and heavy duty construction allows for use in various applications.

R-254 – 16-30,000 BTU. These auxiliary heaters are among the most versatile and maintenance free units  ever built.

Single or Double Blower 20-35,000 BTU

This Cab Heater was designed with high performance to be able to heat larger cabs in extreme conditions. Its low profile and heavy duty construction allows this heater to be used in various applications

ATC Heaters – Versatile and maintenance free

892059 – 27,000 BTU’s ,  892041 – 40,000 BTU’s,  892002 – 65,000 BTU’s

Available in 12V & 24V, these auxiliary heaters are designed to heat larger cabs in extreme conditions. With a high performance 3 speed blower assembly, compact size, simple plumbing, heavy duty construction and high output, these heaters deliver where it counts and are ideal in any application.  


This crew cab heater was designed to heat larger cabs in extreme conditions. Its low profile and heavy duty construction allows for use in various applications.The compact size, simple plumbing and high output are ideal in any application.

 

With a high performance 3 speed blower assembly, compact size, simple plumbing, heavy duty construction and high output.


Arctic Traveler Canada (ATC) is dedicated to heating, cooling or refrigerating mobile equipment. We’re specialists in mobile climate control and distribute industry leading products as well as design and manufacture custom products for unique applications.
Call us today at 1-800-295-4156 to discuss your mobile HVAC needs.

A/C Systems – How a simple inspection can save

RedDot

Tech Tips From RedDot – 
Heavy-duty A/C components rarely fail. In fact, the system fails the components because of contaminated refrigerant oil and general lack of preventive maintenance.

One of the best ways to improve uptime and reduce maintenance costs for the customer is to promote a basic visual check of major A/C components, hose connections, and fittings at regular intervals, like with every engine-oil change. This inspection routine has another benefit: it can generate business for your parts and service department. 

Many A/C components are consumable items. It’s more cost-effective to replace them than to repair them. So preventive maintenance is an opportunity to sell a range of OEM-quality all-makes replacement parts for the air conditioner. Here are some examples:

1. RECEIVER DRIERS

The receiver-drier’s moisture indicator provides a quick visual cue about the refrigerant’s condition: a blue dot means the refrigerant is dry; pink, white, or grey indicates acid or moisture in the system. Checking the sight glass during an oil change or any scheduled maintenance procedure means the truck can receive necessary service while it’s there in the shop, before moisture and acid damage critical A/C components and lead to a failure on the road.

2. CONDENSERS

Dust, bugs, feathers, and other debris collect on the face of fins and tubes and act as a thermal barrier, making it hard for the condenser to shed heat. Condensers also fail because of vibration, which can cause hose connections to come loose and fatigue the condenser tubing adjacent to the fittings. Every 12 months, the condenser should be cleaned (taking special care not to bend or damage the fins) and the hose connections securely clamped.

3. COMPRESSOR/CLUTCH ASSEMBLY

The compressor provides the mechanical energy to circulate refrigerant and manipulate the pressure inside the system. It’s the heart of the A/C system, and the No. 1 HVAC maintenance expense item. Excessive noise and poor cooling performance are the two most obvious symptoms that a compressor is failing. Replacing the compressor involves pulling down the system, which adds refrigerant recovery and recharge to the repair cost.

Next time you see, “A/C won’t blow cold air” on a work order, note that the repair and downtime probably could have been avoided with a simple visual inspection of the truck’s air conditioning system. Any time you change the truck’s oil, check the A/C.

Arctic Traveler Canada is a master distributor and technical service expert for RedDOT. Call us today at 1-800-295-4156 for more HVAC solutions.

Why do Wintertime PM’s on your A/C system

Tech tip courtesy of RedDOT

How to increase defroster performance and visibility for drivers ? Do a wintertime PM on your A/C system!
Ensure your A/C system runs at optimal performance all year by including a complete HVAC inspection before winter.

How to increase defroster performance and visibility for drivers. Do a wintertime PM's on your A/C system.

Arctic Traveler Canada (ATC) is a Master Distributor (MSD) for RedDOT HVAC product line. Call us today at 1-800-295-4156 to find your solution.