What to Know About Converting Your Van into a Refrigerated Van

Dec 11, 2021 Business Success

If your business required refrigerated transport services, you should look at how you can obtain these services. Most of the time, if you are a start-up business, finding capital to spend on items can be difficult. If you already have a vehicle, you can consider how to convert it to refrigerated transport.

If you own a van you can look at how you can convert it by obtaining the services of a company that specialises in van refrigeration. This is something you can do by yourself as well. But if you don’t have the technical knowhow, it is best to invest in conversion by a professional company. This is still more affordable than buying a refrigerated van or truck. There are many home refrigerated van kits that are offered by different manufacturers to provide a solution to this issue. However, you need to be aware and have a background in this field to ensure that no issues come up during the process. This will depend on the items that you are carrying as well. If you are transporting sensitive food items such as dairy products, meat or fish, then it is very important that you get this service done by a professional company.

The two systems that are essential for the refrigeration system is the refrigeration mechanism and the insulation system. The cooling system ensures that the heat inside the refrigerated van is captured and released to the external environment. Insulation ensures any heat coming inside. These systems make sure that the temperature inside the van is kept at the refrigeration conditions that are required for the specific item that you are transporting. You will find that there is a network of pipes in the roof of refrigerated compartment for the cooling system in order to capture the heat inside. This is the condenser. There is a coolant fluid within the pipes that can absorb heat and transfer it to the evaporator system. This system is located on the top of a refrigerated van. It cools the coolant fluid and takes the absorbed heat from the coolant to expel it outside. This operation should take place constantly in order for the temperature to remain at the same level inside the van. The system should be specially calibrated to the make and model of the van.

Insulation is a non-mechanical system when compared to cooling. Generally, high density polymer foam is used for installation. It is quite similar to Styrofoam. But it is a thicker material and has higher durability. This insulation ensures that the heat doesn’t come in. You can change the thickness of the insulation when you need to keep a lower temperature inside the van. You need to cover every inch of the loading bay with insulation and make sure there are no gaps. You can line the foam after installation and this will prevent any damages to the foam during loading and unloading items. You also need to keep up with the maintenance to ensure the quality of goods delivered.