Stay Comfy All Winter With Climate Control System Inspection

Modern heating systems make drivers more comfortable than ever, long as everything keeps working.

But keeping such a complex system functioning takes a trained specialist who is trained to deal with modern day climate control systems.

“Everything starts with visual inspection,” said Steve Schaeber, Manager of Service Training for the Mobile Air Conditioning Society. “Service techs look for leaks and check the condition of the belts and hoses.”

With separate thermostats for the driver and passenger sides, extra vents for passengers in the backseat and heated seats, modern technology makes it easy to stay comfy and cozy all winter long.

Like any other system, climate control is subject to wear and tear.

“Naturally over time, belts and hoses are rubber and over time they crack. They get dry-rotted like tires do,” Schaeber said.

The heating and cooling systems routinely feed off one another, so problems with one may affect the other.

Schaeber offered the following insights on climate control systems:

  • Know the warning signs. Stains on the passenger side of the dashboard could be the sign of a coolant leak. (Antifreeze runs through the heater core, which usually sits behind or under your dashboard, often on the passenger side.)
  • Check your cabin air filter. The filter captures hair, dust and particulates in the air before it reaches your nostrils.
  • Hidden problems could be the culprit. A vacuum leak, core failure or stuck thermostat can also cause problems with the heater.
  • Check for the condition for the coolant itself. A 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water is ideal.
  • Simple solutions often exist. Look for clogs in vents that may impede airflow.