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Why you should check your vehicle’s heating system before winter

At Auto Value Certified Service Centers, our team knows that scheduling a pre-winter vehicle maintenance inspection is essential to avoid a host of problems. Completing tasks like inspecting the battery, changing the oil, swapping the tires and cleaning the filters will ensure you drive in peace once the cold weather sets in. In this article, our team explains why testing your car’s heating system should be one of your top priorities this fall. 

Main functions of the heating system

Unlike your car’s air conditioning system, the heating system doesn’t require additional power. The heat emitted is actually generated by the engine running. Your car’s heating system has two primary functions in winter: to keep you warm and your windows clear of frost or steam, especially the windshield.

In other words, even if you don’t typically feel cold, you shouldn’t neglect your heating system. It helps keep your windshield clear so you can see the road, which is a significant factor in avoiding accidents.

A common mistake many car owners make is waiting until the first snowfall or frost to test out their car’s heating system. But, if the heating system breaks down or performs poorly, you’ll need to make an appointment at a repair shop as soon as possible. However, with tire-change season in full swing, you could be waiting a long time for a spot to open up.

Things to check in the fall

Your vehicle’s heating system has several components, including:

  • A water circuit
  • A thermostat
  • A ventilation system
  • Several rubber hoses
  • An air-conditioning compressor
  • A radiator

When you visit a repair shop for a pre-winter inspection, an expert will inspect all the parts that make up your heating system. Is there any debris that needs to be removed? Are there any leaks or signs of wear that need repairing?

They’ll also check the coolant level, which prevents the engine from freezing. Does it contain lumps of limescale? Finally, they’ll test your car’s heating and air-conditioning systems (the latter helps to dry out the air).

All in all, neglecting to check and maintain your heating system is a risky gamble. To avoid breaking down at the worst possible moment or having to pay for costly repairs in the future, get into the habit of carrying out certain routine checks now. Request an appointment at an Auto Value Certified Service Centers location near you!

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