Auto Heat Repair
LOCAL AUTO REPAIR SHOP KEEPS YOUR CAR WARM IN DEAD COLD OF WISCONSIN’S WINTER
You live in Wisconsin, so you know exactly how cold our winters get. Having no heat in your car can mean two things – you get to freeze while traveling everywhere you go OR you can’t go anywhere because you have no heat to defrost your windows.
The heating system in your vehicle is more important than you may realize. The engine cooling system that prevents your car from overheating is directly linked to your heating system. If your car’s heating system is not working properly, it is important to have it checked out promptly by an auto repair shop in your area and repaired if necessary. An improperly functioning heating/cooling system can result in irreversible engine damage (costing you more in the long run).
UNDERSTANDING THE HEATING SYSTEM IN YOUR CAR
The basic components of your heating system include:
- the heater core
- the blower motor and fan
- heater hoses
- heater control valve
- and the HVAC (heating ventilation, A/C) control panel that you operate from your position in the driver’s or passenger seat
HOW YOUR CAR HEATER WORKS
The components in your car that interact with the heating system include: the coolant, thermostat, radiator, and water pump. The heater core also acts as part of the vehicle’s cooling system.
The water pump circulates coolant through the engine and radiator which keeps components from overheating. As the engine coolant is run through the engine, it heats to a high temperature. This heated coolant is then pumped into the car’s heater core, which is a small radiator located beneath the dashboard.
While in the heater core, the heat from the used coolant disperses across the large surface area created by the radiator coil. It is then blown through the heater core by the blower fan into the car cabin – heating the interior of your vehicle. The coolant is then pumped into cooling coils and the process is repeated.
Cabin temperature is controlled with a valve which varies the amount of coolant allowed into the heater core.
AUTO HEATER MAINTENANCE REDUCES THE NEED FOR REPAIR
For the heater to function properly, the cooling system must be in proper operating condition. The coolant must be at a full level with no leaks. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine, radiator and heater core. The heater core and radiator must be kept clean and leak free to properly disperse heat from the engine.
When heater hoses or coils get clogged, the cycle of coolant entering the heater block slows and its heat dissipates - which means less heat to keep you and your passengers warm in southeastern Wisconsin winters.
Having the coolant flushed regularly and refilled with clean fluid is essential in maintaining the heating system in your vehicle. Trust Reis Automotive in New Berlin and Hales Corners for great services and fair prices!
CLIMATE CONTROL FOR ALL SEASONS AT REIS AUTO
New Berlin winters can be cruel, and the summer months can be just as difficult without a functioning air conditioning system. If you live in Waukesha County, you may not get the cooling effect of Lake Michigan the way those in Milwaukee will.
Since AC and heating systems share many components, a problem with one could mean a problem with another. Make sure your vehicles interior stays temperate with a visit to Reis Automotive’s experts in Hales Corners and New Berlin.