Heating and Cooling 101
The heating and cooling system performs two functions:
- Heats the inside of the vehicle to keep you and your family warm when it's cold outside.
- Keeps the engine running cool and preventing it from overheating.
The components of the heating and cooling system consist of drive belts, water pump, hoses, radiator, heater core, blower fan, and antifreeze. The antifreeze runs through the engine keeping it cool. Then the heated antifreeze runs through the cabin of the vehicle through a series of hoses and duct work. Warm air is pushed into the car with the use of a blower motor fan which you control with the climate control switches on the dashboard.
It can be complicated to diagnose heating and cooling system problems but our ASE Certified Technicians are trained and experienced to do so.
Benefits to Heating & Cooling Maintenance
- Maintains the life of your engine
- Keeps the engine running cool to prevent overheating
- Keeps the heating system in the cabin working its best
How Often Should I have my Heating & Cooling Serviced?
- Most manufacturers recommend flushing the cooling system and replacing the antifreeze about every 30,000 miles
- The coolant system PH Balance should be checked once per year
- We are happy to look up the cooling system service interval for your specific vehicle
Identifying the Problem
- Engine overheating
- Steam coming from under the hood
- Visible signs of leaks on the driveway
- Leaks on front floor on the inside of the vehicle
- A windshield that fogs up with moisture and a funny smell
- Smell of antifreeze (sweet smell)
- Continuous need to add coolant
- Poor or no heat in the vehicle
- Low coolant light or check engine light on