Vehicle Heating Repair and Maintenance Prince George, BC | Integra Tire
Getting into a freezing cold car in the middle of winter isn’t fun for anyone but getting into a cold car that has a broken heater is the worst possible scenario. Your vehicle’s heating system can slowly decline, so don’t let it fail and bring it to Integra Tire in Prince George, BC to have it serviced at the first sign of deterioration.
Why Is My Heater Blowing Cold Air?
After a few minutes of running your vehicle, your heater should warm up and the air coming out of the vents should be warm. Whether it's the heater or the coolant, something is wrong if the air coming out of the vents isn't warming up quickly.
Excess heat from the engine is used by your vehicle's heating system, which would otherwise harm the engine if not evacuated by your vehicle's cooling system. The cooling system absorbs excess heat using a coolant, which is a mixture of water and anti-freeze. Hoses transport coolant from the engine to the radiator, where heat is released into the atmosphere. The heated coolant is circulated by your vehicle's heating system to the heater core, which directs the warm air output into your vehicle's interior compartment. This cycle is dependent on the heater hoses, which transport coolant from the engine to the heater core, where the heat may finally warm the interior of your vehicle. If there isn't enough water and antifreeze for both the engine and the radiator, the engine will get the cooling fluid first and won’t provide any to the radiator; this could cause your heating system to only blow cool air.
It's also possible that the water pump in your engine isn't recirculating coolant back to the radiator, which would leave the heater without enough coolant to function.
Other common causes of a faulty heating system are as follows:
- leaky radiator or heater hose
- a vacuum leak
- heater valve failure
- fan motor failure
- a stuck thermostat
- low coolant
- broken blower motor
- faulty HVAC valves and controls
- a bad heater core
The automotive experts at Integra Tire in Prince George, BC can diagnose your vehicle’s heater problems and get you back on the road in no time.
What Symptoms Indicate a Damaged Heater Core?
A compact, radiator-like component called the heater core is typically located behind the dashboard vents. To warm the air being blown into your cabin, coolant enters the core, absorbs heat, and then escapes. Here are several warning indications that the heater core in your car requires repair:
· Your heater is blowing chilly air: heater core damage or punctures can limit heat transfer.
· After your vehicle warms up, your cabin begins to fog up because the coolant flowing through a defective heater core remains cold.
· Your car smells fruity or bitter: if your heater core leaks, you can detect the odour of coolant inside or outside your car.
· You notice a drop in your coolant level: this is another indication that your heater core or radiator has a coolant leak.
What Happens During an Auto Heating Repair?
The specialised equipment needed for prompt and precise maintenance and repairs on your car or truck is available at our facility.
Our technicians will conduct a comprehensive diagnostic on the heating system in your car or truck and examine your vehicle for typical problems including a leaking radiator or heater hose, vacuum leak, heater valve failure, fan motor failure, heater core failure, or a blocked thermostat during a heating system diagnostic.
Our specialists at Integra Tire in Prince George, BC can provide you the best vehicle heating system solutions.