Servicing your Heater at Affinity Auto in Bountiful
But why wait until your chattering teeth tell you its time to have your vehicle’s heating system serviced and repaired by an automotive mechanic? Regularly scheduled service and maintenance on your vehicle’s heating system will improve the heating system’s efficiency, keeping the internal environment of your vehicle feeling comfortable and cozy—not to mention clearer windshield visibility. Your vehicle’s heating system is your primary line of defense against snow and ice on the windshield in the winter.
Heating systems can be tricky, but our mechanics in Bountiful, UT know all the twists and turns. Your vehicle’s heating system is responsible for removing excess heat from the engine, keeping the engine operating at efficient temperatures, and regulating engine temperatures as soon as possible after starting your vehicle. The heating system is responsible for keeping your vehicle’s engine operating at efficient temperatures in all kinds of weather.
Your vehicle’s heating system utilizes excess heat from the engine, which would otherwise destroy the engine if not removed by your vehicle’s cooling system. The cooling system absorbs the excess heat through a coolant—a mixture of water and anti-freeze. Hoses carry the coolant from the engine to the radiator, where the heat is expelled into the outside air. Your vehicle’s heating system circulates the heated coolant to the heater core located in your vehicle’s dashboard, which then directs the warm air outflow into your vehicle’s interior compartment. This cycle depends on the heater hoses that carry the coolant from the engine to the heater core where the heat can finally warm the inside of your vehicle.
Common issues plaguing faulty heating system components involve a leaky radiator or heater hose, a vacuum leak, heater valve failure, fan motor failure, heater core failure, or a stuck thermostat. But don’t bother brushing up on the techniques required to troubleshoot your vehicle’s heating system. Leave the routine auto heating system repairs and maintenance to our knowledgeable mechanics at our location in Bountiful, UT. Our staff can offer the best and most affordable heating system options for your vehicle in Bountiful, UT.
There’s no reason to wait for a failure in your vehicle’s heating system to create bigger travel issues during the coldest months of winter. Schedule an appointment or visit our location in Bountiful, UT for our auto heating system repair service. Our facility is equipped with specialized car and truck heating system tools and staffed with knowledgeable mechanics to help ensure that your vehicle heating system functions at maximum efficiency.
How the heater works
The internal combustion engine in most cars and trucks is cooled by a water and antifreeze mixture that is circulated through the engine and radiator by a water pump to enable the radiator to give off engine heat to the atmosphere. Some of that water can be diverted through the heater core to give some engine heat to the cabin.
A heater core is a small radiator, located under the dashboard of the vehicle and consists of conductive aluminium or brass tubing with cooling fins to increase surface area. Hot coolant passing through the heater core gives off heat before returning to the engine cooling circuit.
The fan for the vehicle’s ventilation system forces air through the heater core to transfer heat from the coolant to the cabin air, which is directed into the vehicle through vents at various points.
Once the engine has warmed up, the coolant is kept at a more or less constant temperature by the thermostat. The temperature of the air entering the vehicle’s interior can be controlled by using a valve limiting the amount of coolant that goes through the heater core. Another method is blocking off the heater core with a door, directing part (or all) of the incoming air around the heater core completely, so it does not get heated. Some cars use a combination of these systems.
Simpler systems allow the driver to control the valve or door directly (usually by means of a rotary knob, or a lever). More complicated systems use electronics to control the valve or doors.
Cars with dual climate function (allowing driver and passenger to each set a different temperature) may use a heater core split in two, where different amounts of coolant flow through the heater core on either side to obtain the desired heating.
In a car equipped with air conditioning, outside air is first forced through the air conditioner’s evaporator coil. This can be thought of as a heater core filled with very cold gas, which cools rather than heats the incoming air. In order to obtain the desired temperature incoming air may first be cooled by the air conditioning and then heated again by the heater core. In a vehicle fitted with manual controls for the heater and air conditioner, using both systems together will dehumidify the air in the cabin, as the evaporator coil removes moisture from the air due to condensation. This can result in increased air comfort levels inside the vehicle.
Engine cooling function
Because the heater core cools the heated coolant from the engine it can act as the radiator of the engine. If the radiator is working improperly, the operator may turn the heat on in the passenger cabin, resulting in cooling the engine coolant and then cooling the engine. This idea only works to a certain degree, as the heater core is not large enough nor does it have enough cold air going though it to cool large amounts of coolant significantly.
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