4 Essential Things You Should Know About the Heating and Air Conditioning System in Your Car

When you get into your vehicle, you simply expect the air conditioner or the heater to work when you need them. When something goes wrong with these systems, it can make driving unbearable in some climates. Consider the following things that you need to know about your heating and cooling system so you can try to keep it in good working order.

What Causes the Heater or AC to Stop Working?

Many different things can cause the air conditioning and the heater in your vehicle to stop working. There could be an issue with the blower, there could be a leak in the cooling system, or a bad thermostat, for example. There could also be a problem with the heater core.

Are Issues With Heating and AC Common?

When it comes to newer vehicles, there is rarely a problem with the heater or the AC unless it is a manufacturing defect. Most vehicles that are new will not have any issues with these systems until they’ve gone 60,000 miles or more. With older vehicles, it is more common to have issues with the systems.

Know Your Vehicle’s System

Understand how your car or truck’s heating system works, and what is “normal” for the vehicle, so it will be easier to determine when there is an issue that needs attention. Read the vehicle’s manual to ensure you understand the proper use of the system and how all of the controls work. Some vehicles may have more advanced heating and cooling options that are different from previous vehicles you’ve owned. A qualified mechanic can professionally diagnose any problems with your air conditioning and heating units and inform you of any necessary repairs.

What Could Prevent Issues With the Heating and the AC?

The best way to make sure that your vehicle’s heating and air conditioning systems continue to work properly is by ensuring proper maintenance. Knowing a qualified mechanic that has expertise in and understands the heating and cooling system in your vehicle is essential.

You want to be as comfortable as possible when you are driving, and a huge part of that is having air conditioning and heating. It is important to take good care of the vehicle and to keep up with scheduled maintenance tasks so the heating and cooling system lasts for many years to come.


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Ben

41 years of experience
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Ben
41 years of experience
Volkswagen Beetle L5-2.5L - Heating AC - Houston, Texas
i am well satisfied with Mr Smith working on my car(s). He replaced the Jaguar fuel pump like an expert, and then he diagnosed the VW bug ac compressor and fixed it on the spot. I would recommend him to anyone with a car issue
Nissan Altima - Heating AC - Houston, Texas
Incredibly nice and took the time to show me the problem, including comparison pictures between my unit and what a new unit should look like.

Peter

43 years of experience
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Peter
43 years of experience
Saab 9-3 L4-2.0L Turbo - Heating AC - Phoenix, Arizona
He knows what he's doing. Very polite and explained everything. I would no doubt use him again. I highly recommend him.
Mazda Miata - Heating AC - Peoria, Arizona
We are so thrilled to have found Peter as our new mechanic. He is very thorough and knowledgeable. He is also friendly, professional, and extremely honest. He explained to us exactly what services were needed on our vehicle to repair the air conditioner and provided us with an written estimate of the cost. He literally saved us thousands of dollars in repair costs. A local major competitor quoted us a repair cost of a minimum of $1,400 and said that the cost would go up to $2,400 if they discovered an additional part was required. Peter charged us only $202, plus performed the work at our home. The air conditioner in our 2004 Mazda Miata has honestly never worked so great--it always blew out warm air. We just assumed it was how that particular car was manufactured. We would highly recommend Peter to anyone who is in need of an experienced and honest mechanic.

Pedro

31 years of experience
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Pedro
31 years of experience
Chrysler PT Cruiser L4-2.4L - Heating AC - Portage, Indiana
Pedro was wonderful! He was early first and foremost. He was very professional and he explained things to me. He worked quickly and was very thorough. Very happy with his service.

Manuel

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Manuel
32 years of experience
Ford Taurus V6-3.0L - Heating AC - Long Beach, California
Good guy. Knows his stuff. Knowledgeable and straightforward with diagnostics and repair costs. I’d love to work with him again! Thank you Manuel!

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