Radiator, Heating, AC
Heating and cooling systems play a huge role in maintaining the overall enjoyment of a typical ride in your vehicle. Without them driving in weather which is overly cold or warm can be extremely uncomfortable. However, it’s not just comfort that’s a concern when your heating or AC system fails. These systems also have safety applications. They can be used to defog your windows, making it easier to see the road. They also can help cool your car down to prevent overheating. In fact, if overheating is allowed to go on for too long it can completely destroy your engine, rendering your car useless until a costly repair is made. Luckily, issues with these symptoms are often very noticeable, as you’ll know if you’ve ever traveled in a car without air conditioning at the height of summer. If you’ve noticed an issue with your heating or air conditioning, take the car in as soon as you can.
- Without your radiator your engine would rapidly overheat. Engine coolant travels throughout the engine to keep it lubricated. As a byproduct, the engine makes this liquid very hot. If the coolant were allowed to remain at this temperature it would cause the engine, which already contains a good deal of heat, to heat up past the point where it could continue to be functional. As such, the engine would soon die. The radiator cools this liquid once it leaves the engine by dispersing its heat into the nearby environment. It then returns to the engine, heats up, leaves and is cooled again by the radiator, over and over and over. As such, the engine remains at the correct temperature and the car continues to function. Without a radiator you wouldn’t be able to drive very far without severe difficulties.
- Your vehicle’s heating system can keep you warm even in the dead of winter. It also assists your defroster, making it much more powerful. Heaters can fail for any number of reasons. They are powered by the heat from your engine, so if there’s an issue with your heating system it might soon lead to your entire car overheating, particularly if the issue lies with your water pump. Other possible culprits are your heater fan, fuses and thermostat. You can try to diagnose the problem yourself, but it’s best to simply take your vehicle to a professional for inspection. They’ll be able to easily deduce the nature of the problem and fix it in no time.
- Unlike heating, which uses excess heat created naturally by your engine, your air conditioning depends on refrigerant to produce cold air. Therefore, if your system isn’t working it might simply be because your refrigerant levels are low. However, there are plenty of other things which can go wrong with your AC. Your vehicle’s system is made up of several components, including a compressor which circulates the refrigerant, a condenser which regulates its temperature, an expansive value which lowers its pressure and a dryer which removes excess moisture, to name just a few. Any of these components can fail and cause an issue. With so many potential causes of failure, it can be very difficult to diagnose a problem with your AC on your own. As such calling a professional is recommended.