Driving in the cold of winter can be tough. But it can be a whole lot tougher when the heat in your car isn’t working. No one should have to freeze during their morning commute to work, so it’s important to diagnose and fix your heating as soon as you find it defective.
So why is your car not blowing hot air?
There are several things that might be wrong with your car when the heat isn’t working. There are a few obvious problems that result in heater malfunction and a few you might not think of right away.
Why Is Your Car Not Blowing Hot Air?
There are usually three or four main reasons why your car would stop blowing hot air, each of which will require specific maintenance.
If your antifreeze/water level is low in the radiator, there could be a leak that needs sealing in the cooling system. Or, your coolant might contain rust particles that contaminate and coagulate, which could block the heating core from giving proper air circulation in the car.
When it’s not one of those things, it’s usually either a bad thermostat that isn’t letting the engine heat up or a fan that isn’t working correctly.
How You Can Fix and Prevent Heater Problems
A lot of the more common problems aren’t too serious and won’t require much maintenance to fix. Things like low levels of antifreeze or small leaks are patch up jobs that you might even be able to do on your own. If you find yourself replacing coolant or antifreeze too much, you probably have a leak.
If it’s something like your heater core, which is the thing that passes the hot air from under the dashboard throughout the car, replacing it can cost many hundreds of dollars and lots of expertise. Loose clamps, hoses, and valves can all affect your heating, so you often need an expert to diagnose the problem.
Instead of waiting until problems arise, we advise that you schedule pre-winter maintenance every year. If you take this precaution, you can have the larger items replaced early and avoid having to replace them when the weather turns.
Regular maintenance also prevents heating problems from happening. If a trained mechanic looks at your coolant levels and the condition of your heater core fairly regularly, those types of problems are a lot less likely to arise.
Warm Up for Winter
If you find your car not blowing hot air, it’s better to tackle it right away. Take your car to a trusted mechanic that can have your heating system looked at quickly, efficiently, and treated the right way.
At AJ’s Station, we offer dozens of different car repair services, including coolant services, cabin air filter work, and AC service and repair. Don’t ignore signs that your car needs maintenance. Visit AJ’s Station, and get your vehicle looked at today.