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Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Have you ever tried to start your car and had to turn it off because your car heater is not working? It can be a frustrating situation to deal with especially if you are stuck in a cold area in the middle of winter. Your car's heating system is tightly connected to its cooling system, therefore a minor issue with just one component can quickly evolve into a much more serious issue with the other. Knowing exactly how cars heat up and how they work is extremely important, as is knowing what might be causing them to fail.

A possible reason why your heater isn't heating up is because the coolant level in your radiator is leaking. Leaks in the coolant can cause your radiator to overheat and stop working. The first step to take is to open up your hood and check the coolant levels. You should determine whether the level is adequate according to the manufacturer's recommendations. If the coolant is inadequate, then add more coolant until you get the desired effect or take it to your local mechanic's shop for help.

Your car's heating system is connected very tightly with its cooling system, so just a slight problem with one component can quickly evolve into an issue with another. Understanding how heaters function is extremely important, because understanding what could cause them to fail can help to avoid costly repairs. One of the most common causes of a heater core or radiators failing is dirty and blocked coolant vents. This results from a buildup of deposits on the inside of the radiator, and if they become too much for the filter to remove, the coolant begins to leak.

Unfortunately, some car heaters require maintenance more regularly than others. For this reason, it is important that you have a mechanic or auto service technician check your heating and cooling systems at least twice a year. Of course, the bigger the engine, the more likely that you need to have maintenance performed on it. However, even the smallest engines can experience a loss in power and efficiency if they are not maintained by an experienced professional.

If you need car heater repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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