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Heater is not working Inspection Service & Cost

When the temperature outside dips, it’s essential that your car’s heater is working up to spec. If not, you could be putting yourself and your family in danger, and not because your car’s cabin will feel like the inside of an icebox. It will, but that’s simply a nuisance. A more immediate issue is that a failing heater can prevent your defroster from blowing the warm air needed to clear ice and frost off your windshield so you can see the road ahead. Clear visibility is essential for safe driving conditions.

How this system works:

A car’s heating system is very similar to its cooling system. In the latter, coolant circulates through the engine, absorbs heat, and dispels it into the outside air by way of the radiator. In the case of the heater, the same piping hot coolant runs through the engine, but is funneled through a much smaller radiator called the heater core. Instead of venting the heat outside the car, a blower fan pushes the warm air created by the heater core through air ducts and into the vehicle.

A heater that's working properly should circulate air that's a toasty 75 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If it doesn't, there is a problem within the system.

Common reasons for this to happen:

There are a number of reasons why the heater might not be working properly. Here are the most common ones:

Low coolant in the radiator

Keep in mind that the warm air that rushes into your car in the byproduct of the heat of the coolant in your vehicle's engine. If that coolant is low or contaminated, you have a problem. Although a leaky or weak radiator cap might be to blame, it’s more likely there is a leak somewhere in the coolant system. Coolant doesn’t evaporate on its own.

Blown fuse

The main job of a fuse is to protect the electrical circuits in your car from shorting or overloading; i.e., a fuse protects the wire or wires they are connected to from overheating and catching fire. Fuses are rated by their amperage and are designed to blow or open when the current being drawn through them exceeds their design rating. If a device draws enough current to blow a fuse, you've probably got a problem somewhere else in the system that will cause the fuse to blow again, sooner or later. Rarely do fuses fail for no apparent reason.

Air pockets in the heater core or a heater hose

This is another common culprit, and may be interfering with the flow of coolant through the heater core. Typically if you have air in the cooling system, then you have a leak that’s allowing coolant to escape and air to take its place. The mechanic will pressure test your cooling system to determine where air is entering the system, and will then bleed the air pockets from the cooling system as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Bad water pump or serpentine belt

The water pump keeps the coolant circulating throughout your engine. Water pumps are belt-driven, and belts have a tendency to break and wear.

Malfunctioning thermostat

The job of a thermostat is to regulate the flow of coolant. By doing so, it lets the engine warm up as quickly as possible, thus reducing engine wear, deposits and emissions. When the engine is cold, the thermostat doesn’t allow coolant to flow through the engine. Once the engine reaches its operating temperature (generally about 200 degrees F, 95 degrees C), the thermostat opens, and the fluid starts flowing. When the thermostat is worn out, it remains stuck in the open or shut position, which leads to either overheating or cool operation, respectively.

Clogged heater core

Debris in the cooling system, such as rust particles or other goop, can potentially plug the heater core and block the flow of coolant.

Malfunctioning blower motor

Any fan can go bad, and it's a fairly easy replacement procedure. Before doing so, however, the mechanic will check the resistor, motor and fuse for proper operation. Failure of any of these components may result in the same symptom.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the source and cause of the heater malfunction, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How it's done:

The mechanic will perform a thorough check of the entire heating system.

How important is this service?

It goes without saying that a properly operating heating system is important. No one likes to drive while shivering. Also, a nonworking heater will adversely affect the way your defroster does its job, which will in turn hinder visibility, limiting your ability to drive safely. Book a mechanic to perform a thorough inspection as soon as possible.

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He was nice and polite. Had trouble replacing my cars upper radiator hose. Before he started working on my car my dash had no issue until after the work was done My check engine light came. I am sure what he did but I think he my have damge a sensor while working on my car.
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ServiceYourMechanic PriceShop/Dealer Price
Heating AC Inspection for 1989 Buick LeSabre V8-5.0LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.52 - $95.41
Heating AC Inspection for 1970 Ford LTD L6-3.9LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.59 - $95.53
Heating AC Inspection for 1995 GMC C2500 Suburban V8-5.7LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.54 - $95.45
Heating AC Inspection for 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle V8-7.4LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.56 - $95.49
Heating AC Inspection for 1966 Buick Riviera V8-7.0LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.53 - $95.43
Heating AC Inspection for 1968 Ford Galaxie 500 V8-5.0LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.52 - $95.40
Heating AC Inspection for 1990 Audi 200 L5-2.2L TurboYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$95.56 - $114.73
Heating AC Inspection for 2015 Ford Explorer V6-3.5LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.59 - $95.52
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