Your car's A/C and heating systems are in place for a number of reasons. You need your A/C on hot days and your heating on cold days to keep you comfortable while driving. You also need the heating system for defrosting purposes during the winter months. If one of these systems doesn't work, you may find yourself having to get to your destination freezing cold or sweating hot. What is it that goes wrong with these systems?
Both the heater and air conditioning are apart of your vehicle's HVAC system. The heater works by taking air from the outside and using heat generated from the engine to warm the air. The air conditioning system takes air from the outside and uses a compressor and refrigerant to cool the air.
When an issue does arise with either system, the problem behind the issue can be a number of things. Here are some of the most common causes for a car's A/C and heater to fail:
A heater can fail due to:
- Low coolant
- Bad heater core
- Failing thermostat
The air conditioning can fail due to:
- Low refrigerant
- Bad compressor
- Damaged evaporator, expansion valve, or compressor clutch
- Worn serpentine belt
As soon as you notice an issue with either the heating or air conditioning system in your vehicle, it is important to have the issue looked at in order to prevent other issues from occurring as a result. Here at A-1 Auto Repair, we will perform a full vehicle inspection to determine the cause of your problem and get you back on the road driving comfortably again in no time!