After I started traveling a lot for work, I realized that I needed to be ready for anything life threw at me. I didn't want to get stranded on the road without any supplies to my name. I started collecting little things that might help during an emergency, and it was amazing to see how much of a difference it made. When I was stranded a few months later, I was prepared while I waited for the tow truck. This blog is all about preparing for towing services and getting your car ready for emergencies. After all, you never know when you will be faced with trouble.
Heaters work by hot coolant circulating around the engine to blow it into the car. When working properly, Autobytel says that the heaters should blow air between 75F and 100F. Sometimes, the heater doesn't work just right and here are the most common reasons for that.
The Thermostat Isn't Working
Thermostats operate the thermal valve. When the engine is cold, the valve remains shut to get the engine warm enough. Once warm, the valve will open to allow the extra heat out. If the thermostat isn't working properly, the valve can get stuck either way. You will need to get the thermostat completely replaced if this is the case.
Coolant Levels Are Low
As mentioned, the heaters work through the use of coolant. If the levels are low, this will cause the heater to stop working. Simply topping up the coolant does not work, because you will need to find out why the levels are low. In most cases, the coolant is low because it is leaking. The solution to this problem is to find and fix the leak.
Grime in the Coolant
It is also possible that dirt or grime has gotten caught in the chamber. It collects within the heater core when the compressed air pushes the coolant through the system. You'll need to replace the coolant when this is a problem, and that means removing all the old coolant from the system completely to avoid the issue arising later.
Rust particles from the car can also collect in the coolant. These will cause the same problem as dirt and grime, and will need the same method of removal. You'll also need to look out for where the rust is in the car to prevent this from happening in the future.
If there's no grime or rust, there may be air pockets within the tubes. Feel the hoses connected to the heater to check if the coolant is running through them.
Blower Not Working Properly
The heating system may not be broken, but the blower to bring the heat into the car. You'll usually be able to hear that this is a problem. When you turn the blower up, you should be able to hear the power behind it. You will also feel a lack of air coming through; both hot and cold. A faulty blower is usually an electrical problem. Get the car into a mechanic, like Collins Service Center, to get it checked out.
Heaters can stop working for various reasons. The above reasons are the most common and are relatively easy fixes.