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Vehicle Heating and Ventilation System Maintenance at Serra of Traverse City

Your car is not only responsible for getting you from point A to point B, you also rely on it to keep you comfortable in inclement weather. Your vehicle’s heating and ventilation system is an important part of keeping you safe and warm out on the road! Scheduling your vehicle heating and ventilation system maintenance at Serra of Traverse City ensures that you’ll be toasty and avoid any bigger issues that could come from neglecting to have it inspected. Keep reading to learn about system components and signs you have a problem.

Heating and Ventilation System Components

The heating and ventilation system in your car is made up of many separate components to keep the air flowing throughout your cabin. These parts work together in order to keep your windshield and windows clear and keep you warm:

  1. Radiator
  2. Hoses
  3. Blower Fan
  4. Heater Core
  5. Control Panel
  6. Thermostat

The heating and ventilation system works by using the heat the engine creates and redistributing it back into the cabin. As coolant is circulated around the engine, it collects heat. The coolant is then sent to the radiator and distributed to the heater core where the blower fan moves the heated air through your vents.

Signs of a Faulty Heating and Ventilation System

Some signs of a faulty heating and ventilation system are rather obvious, while others can be harder to detect. Keep an eye out for these warning signs and be sure to bring your car in for a system inspection if you suspect a problem.

Lack of Temperature Control

If you attempt to turn the temperature up or down and your vehicle doesn’t respond, you could have a problem with your thermostat. The thermostat is responsible for recognizing the temperature of the engine and if it is broken then it won’t be able to adjust properly. In this case you will probably still have control of the airflow, but be sure to schedule a service appointment to get it taken care of.

Lack of Airflow

If you have no airflow in the cabin at all, there is likely something wrong with a blower motor. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible if this is the case because your blower motor is necessary to push the warm air into the cabin and keep your windows clear.

Cabin Fogs Up Randomly

If you notice a sudden burst of steam inside of your cabin, you could have a coolant leak. If coolant is leaking in your engine, the liquid can evaporate and come through your cabin vents. This usually means there is a problem with your heater core, so be sure to make an appointment so our ASE Certified Technicians can assess the problem.

Air from Vents Smells Funny

If you notice a sweet or mildew like smell coming from your vents, there maybe a problem with your heating and ventilation system. A sweet smell would be caused by a coolant leak, while a mildew smell could be coming from a clogged air filter. In either case, you will want to bring your vehicle in to have your heating and ventilation system checked at Serra of Traverse City.

Engine Overheats

Many things can cause an engine to overheat, including your heating and ventilation system. An overheated engine can cause major damage and it can often be difficult to diagnose the cause of the problem at home. Be sure stop your engine immediately upon overheating and call Serra of Traverse City for a service appointment.

Schedule a Heating and Ventilation System Inspection at Serra of Traverse City

Your heating and ventilation system is a complicated part of your vehicle! With its many components, it’s easy for something to go wrong. We want to help you stay safe and comfortable out on the road so be sure to schedule a heating and ventilation system inspection at Serra of Traverse City. You can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 231-947-9000 for our Cadillac/Subaru Campus at 1747 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686 or 231-946-5540 for our Toyota/Audi/VW/Nissan/Volvo Campus at 1301 S Garfield Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686. We are happy to serve the Grand Traverse Area and our friends in Northern Michigan!