Is Your Car’s Heater Going to Make It Through the Rest of Winter?

A lot of car heaters malfunction the first week of heavy use in the late fall; by the time winter rolls around, your heater’s initial inertia should be gone and you can be relatively assured that it will last you through the rest of the winter. But if you start to notice any of these problems with your heater, take it to a mechanic instead of taking the risk that either the heater or the defroster will give out when you need it most.

  1. Does your windshield stay foggy? This condensation, especially if it comes back quickly once you wipe it away, might mean that your heater core is sending vapor into your car. This can make driving particularly dangerous, especially since the cold weather means rolling down your windows to dissipate it isn’t an option, so get your heater checked out at the first sign of excess fogginess.
  2. Is your heater no longer giving you hot air? Just like a poorly functioning air conditioning system, this can be caused by a clogged system. If the ventilation is blocked, then your heater can’t properly access the air and regulate its temperature. Have your mechanic take a look before the system overworks itself or before the next freeze. If you’re not getting any air at all, the blower motor or the heater core itself will need to be replaced.
  3. Has it been a while since your vehicle’s fluids were checked? The air conditioning and heating systems have a lot of moving parts and need fluid through the systems to keep them running correctly. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked the antifreeze or coolant, take into the shop to get a quick check and maybe a refill.

Go to Key Collision and Paint Center to keep your car in top shape this winter.

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