Why Did the Heater in My Vehicle Stop Working?
Your vehicle's heater is something you rely on during the winter months. It is how you keep warm when getting out to go to work in the early mornings. It is also helps with fogged up windows when the outside temperature is lower than the inside temperature. So even though it seems counterintuitive, heater is a safety item.
Unfortunately, the heating system in a vehicle consists of many components that can fail - some mechanical, some electrical. When you turn the heater on, and there's no air coming out, or the air is not warm, there are many potential culprits. Here is a partial list:
• Not having enough coolant will prevent the heater from putting out warm air. Low coolant can also lead to engine overheating, so it’s important to have this condition checked out by a professional mechanic as soon as possible.
• A blown fuse is another reason that can also affect your vehicle's ability to heat the cabin.
• Air pockets in the heater core or a failing heater can cause problems with the flow of coolant through the heater core.
• Failing water pump can create issues with your car’s heating system.
• Malfunctioning thermostat can cause heater problems.
• If no air at all comes from the vents, it could be a bad blower motor.
As the winter approaches, we recommend that you check the heating in your vehicle, and if you notice any issues, bring it to Doral’s Auto Repair in San Leandro for a checkup. Since no-heat condition can indicate serious problems with the heating/cooling system, which in turn could lead to engine damage, it’s important to have your vehicle checked out by a professional mechanic in San Leandro. Call us to make an appointment.