Despite the unseasonably warm weather, there’s no denying it: Winter is coming. As temperatures drop and road conditions become more treacherous, it is especially important to perform preventative maintenance checks now, so you aren’t left out in the cold. One of the most necessary maintenance checks to focus on is your car’s heating & air conditioning systems.
Maintaining Your Car’s Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
1. Test your defogger
While this might seem like an obvious preventative step, many drivers will focus on their car’s heating system and fail to realize that the health of your air conditioning system matters even when the temperatures are below zero. In the colder months, your AC is hard at work behind the scenes to help defrost and defog the windshield by pulling humidity from the air. Be sure to test your defogger to ensure everything is operating as it should, and if you notice defogging issues, it might be time to recharge your system or check for a leak in the hose, lines, or other components of the AC system.
2. Always do a performance check
In terms of your heating system, make sure you do a performance check of all functions before the coldest day of the year rolls around. For the sake of your car’s health and the health of your wallet, drivers should routinely perform basic servicing, such as periodic radiator coolant flushes and refills. At the very least, drivers should be proactive in checking the antifreeze’s quality in their vehicles. For example, if you live in colder areas, you will want the freeze-protection number to be at least -20 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Check coolant levels
To check whether your car’s air-conditioning system operates smoothly, turn your heating system to the highest heat setting, set the fan speed to high, and cycle through all airflow controls (floor, dash, windshield, etc.). If you discover that your car produces some heat during the process but not enough to keep you comfortable in the coming months, a simple cause could be low coolant levels.
4. Check for antifreeze leaks
Topping off the coolant is quick and easy, but the more troubling issue is why the level was low in the first place – your car shouldn’t be losing its antifreeze. Several possible reasons behind an antifreeze leak range from a leak in the radiator cap, an internal leak in the system, hose cracks, or a damaged water pipe. If you can’t seem to figure out the cause of your problem, seek the advice of an experienced professional who can diagnose the exact cause and assess the severity of the issue.
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5. Run a standard performance check
If you notice that your car is heating up, but the interior blow motor is unusually noisy, do not dismiss the issue. The cause of this problem is most likely due to outside debris, such as leaves and twigs that have worked their way into the heater box. Be sure to remove your access panel to clean out any unwanted junk. If you keep your car outside, be sure to check no animals are building a home in there for the winter!
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