Getting Warm and Staying Cool: Getting to Know Your Vehicle’s Heating and Air Conditioning Systems

Minit-Tune & Brake| Thursday, April 21, 2016

Heating and air conditioning systems help make driving comfortable for you and your passengers year-round. These systems have made such a difference in the comfort of your vehicle that it’s hard to imagine driving around with any of these not functioning properly. From sweltering summers to blistering winters, it is difficult to even think about getting into a vehicle that is not equipped with a functioning heating and cooling system.

Understanding Your Vehicle’s Heat and AC

While we may take it for granted, our vehicle’s heating and cooling systems are made of a lot of components that need maintenance and attention in order to keep them from drying out, cracking, leaking or being blocked. Here are some common issues that drivers face with their heating and cooling systems:

  1. Heat Stops Working – After leaving your vehicle out in the cold and using your HVAC systems at full capacity throughout the winter months, it is common for people to face issues with their heating systems. Since the majority of vehicles have these systems in the dashboard, it is tricky to identify the cause of the problem without properly inspecting the vehicle. If you are having trouble with your heating system, don’t suffer in the cold; bring your vehicle to the Minit-Tune location in Vancouver that is closest to you for a quick inspection.
  2. Strange Sounds – If you notice any odd noises when your AC or heating system starts up, it could be a minor engine noise or indicate a compressor issue. While your system may still be functioning properly, the compressor is central to the system and you should book a vehicle maintenance appointment to ensure there is not a larger, more complex issue.
  3. Bad Odours – If you are not only missing out on cool or warm air, but are also experiencing a bad smell when you turn on your vehicle’s heating or cooling system, there is most likely a buildup of bacteria in your system vents. We can clean your system for you to help eliminate odours and keep the air quality in your vehicle high. The solution could be as simple as replacing the charcoal activated cabin filter.
  4. Failing AC – If your AC stops working, it may mean you have an issue with your refrigerant. From leaks to refills, our team of technicians can quickly identify the problem and solve it so you can stay comfortable while driving.

Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres offer a range of maintenance and auto repair services. With 40 years of experience, locations throughout BC, and fast and friendly service, you can trust our team of professionals to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Whether your heating and air conditioning needs to be fixed or your vehicle needs a routine tune-up, we are here to help. Give us a call or visit us online to schedule your auto maintenance or repairs today.

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