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Common Problems With Automobile Heaters

Now is not the time to have your car heater break down. Fall is here, winter is just around the corner, and the temperatures in Grand Ledge, Michigan are dropping fast. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the December holidays coming up too soon, you can’t be bothered with car trouble. In the case of your automobile’s heater, you might suffer from one of the following common problems, all of which Righter’s Auto Repair can fix in a jiffy, so don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Cold Air

You turn up the heat so you can get toasty warm in your car, crossover, truck, or SUV’s cabin. The problem is the air is still cold. You figure it will warm up once your automobile’s engine gets hotter, but it doesn’t. How your vehicle generates hot air is with the engine coolant. What? We know it sounds strange, but the automobile heaters core, which is the soul of your heater, stores hot engine coolant to warm up the air before it blows out of your vents. If the heater core is leaking, there’s not hot coolant to heat the air.

No Air

You might also turn on the automobile heaters only to find that you don’t have any air blowing out of the vents. This isn’t a heater core problem; it’s a system fan problem. A malfunctioning fan will affect the AC, fan, and heater because it can’t blow air through the vents. You could also have reduced or no airflow because your vents are clogged. If you haven’t changed your air filter in a long time, this, too, could block the air from blowing into the cabin. AC/Heater system maintenance once a year helps prevent this problem.

Controls Are Dead

Finally, another common car heater problem rests with the controls. Whether you have a manual (slider or knob) or digital thermostat controller, the heater should respond when you make adjustments. You might find that air does not get hotter even though you’ve turned the heat up. It could also be that the heater is stuck on hot, and you’ll soon be rolling down your windows in a snowstorm even though you’ve turned the heater down. It could also be that your heater won’t switch to the defroster.

Call Righter’s Auto Repair before the weather gets too cold to schedule a heating system inspection. We’ll make sure you can rely on your automobile’s heater and defroster all winter long. We’re located in Grand Ledge, MI, and staff only certified, experienced auto service technicians.

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