3 Easy Ways to Tell if Your Car’s Heating System Needs Service

It’s warming up in the greater Albuquerque area, but not so much that you don’t need your heater in the mornings and evenings (or during that freak cold snap we’re bound to get in late spring). Chances are, if your heater needs service, you’ll know. But in case you’re not sure what you should be looking for, here are some clear signs you need to see the ASE-certified technicians at Quanz Auto Body:

#1: Little or No Heat

Obviously, if you’ve got your heat cranked and have been driving around for 15 minutes or more, and you’re still not noticing a distinct warm-up in your cabin, chances are something’s wrong with your heating system. And you may be able to tell if it’s a blower issue or a heater core issue. Here’s the test:

Does turning the fan speed up do anything? Do you hear louder “whooshing”?

If not, your blower isn’t working properly, so the warm air isn’t being directed into the cabin from the heater core.

If you do hear your fan spin faster (louder), then likely it’s a hole in the heater core.

#2: Foggy Windows

If you’re driving along with a warm engine and your windows begin to fog up, you’re heating system needs help. The fog is the result of a leak in the hose, which is letting steamy coolant into your cabin.

#3: The Sweet, Sweet Smell of Coolant

Depending on where the leak is, you may not see any condensation, but you will likely smell the leaked fluid. Since the heater core is right behind your dashboard, most leaks find their way into the cabin on the floor below the passenger seat.

While your nose is likely going to be first to alert you to the leak, you may also feel moisture in the passenger foot area and see a leak outside the car. At the first sign of heating system issues, bring your car to Quanz’s Westside location for service. Early fixes are often a lot easier and cheaper than repairs for problems that have been neglected for weeks.