Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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

Car Heating and Air Conditioning

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.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Malaysia
CraigBurrows / Shutterstock.com Malaysia is a popular destination for many tourists today. The country has amazing sights and attractions that you will want to explore....
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...


Related questions

Q: Heating blows cold - 2006 Porsche Cayenne

Hello. Based on what you have described, I am almost 100% certain you need to replace your blower motor control module / resistor. Not getting AC is much more common than not getting heat because heat comes from the hot...

Q: Exactly where is my thermostat located?

If you follow the lower radiator hose up toward the engine, that lower hose terminates at the thermostat housing. The housing itself is attached to the engine with three relatively small bolts. If you remove those three bolts and the...

Q: My engine fan turns off wen ac is on why is that

Your engine fan is a mechanical fan driven by the engine crankshaft damper. If the damper is broken then the crankshaft may turn and not turn the serpentine belts. When you turn on the A/C it puts pressure on the...