The heater functions with the help of a healthy cooling system and the heater controls inside the passenger compartment. Depending on the symptoms, there are various reasons why your heater might not be working. It is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. Having the heating system working efficiently in your vehicle is important for the overall comfort for you and your passengers. By bringing the vehicle in at an early sign of an issue, you can help prevent further damage to the parts and under the hood.
Heat Not Being Produced
If you notice that heat is not being produced, make sure to check the coolant level of your vehicle. If the coolant level is low, air may become trapped in the heater core. Smooth coolant flow through the heater core is critical for heat output. While the vehicle is running, heat produced by the engine is absorbed by the engine’s coolant and flows through the heater core. The heater core is a little radiator usually located behind the dashboard in the passenger compartment. This is the heat source for your vehicle’s climate control system.
The Engine Temperature Gauge Increasing
If your temperature gauge is showing higher than normal temperatures, there could be a restriction in the cooling system. A defective thermostat typically causes this. It can be stuck in a closed position or other restrictions. Be careful not to overheat the engine and do not wait to take care of cooling system problems. This can end up doing more damage to your vehicle in the long run.
If the Engine takes longer than normal to Warm Up
If your vehicle is slow to develop adequate heat when the engine is started from cold, or the engine take a long time to warm up, try to notice the temperature gauge. The engine should reach operating temperature, approximately the middle of the gauge, after about six to eight minutes of running. If the temperature gauge needle always remains in the bottom third of the gauge, it is likely that the cooling system thermostat has failed. Bring the vehicle in and we can test the gauge to ensure it is working properly.
Other Issues that Might cause the Problem
If you are certain that the cooling system is functioning normally, it is possible that the source of the problem is in the heater controls. Poor heater operation may be due to heater controls that are not functioning properly. Climate systems usually operate using cables, vacuum, or electronic signals and actuators. No matter if the heater is producing less heat, or no heat at all, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. We can inspect the heating system of the vehicle. If you notice the temperature gauge that increases quickly, it could indicate a faulty part. To help keep the radiator and engine working properly without the risk of overheating, bring the vehicle in. This can help to provide you with a safe and reliable ride.