Have you ever given any thought to what happens when you turn the heat on in your car? Where does it come from and how does it work? Many people don’t stop to think about the heating system in their car until it stops working for shows signs of trouble.

Your car’s heating system usually fails when you need it the most, on those cold mornings when you need to clear the windshield and you just can’t shake off the cold. If you notice that your heater isn’t working and you see some of the tell-tale signs: antifreeze leaking onto the interior carpet, no heat coming from the vents or the defrost settings or some heat but nothing like it usually puts out. You need to bring your car into GIC Car Clinic in San Jose, California where our certified technicians will inspect and diagnose your car’s heating and cooling system and decide what repairs are needed.

If your car is experiencing any of these symptoms, chances are, you might need a new heater core installed. A heater core replacement is a very in depth repair and shouldn’t be performed unless you have the proper training and experience. Our technicians have collectively replaced thousands of heater cores and they the experience and know-how to get the job done right the first time. Our technicians are standing by to repair your car and help get you back on the road.

How Does a Heater Core Work?

The heater core in your car is an integral part of your car’s air conditioning system and it is the part that provides heat to the passenger compartment keeping you and your passengers warm and comfortable on cold days. The heater core is usually located behind the dashboard or center console of your car and it resembles a smaller version of a radiator in that it has a finned design with tubes running through it to transport hot coolant from the engine, through the heater core and back into the engine or radiator to be cooled down and transported through the system all over again.

When you turn your heat on, the air from the blower motor blows across the heater core and through your car’s vent system into the passenger compartment. This operation provides hot air when you need it and the heated air can be diverted when you don’t.

The heater core itself doesn’t have any repairable parts and it should be replaced if faulty. Being located behind the dashboard of your car, the heater core is difficult to get too and the technicians have to be very careful to not damage other components when removing the dash or center console to reach the heater core. The good news is that heater cores don’t fail very often and when they do, it is usually because of a clog in the system or some form of deterioration inside the heater core itself.

If you think that your car’s heater core has failed, don’t wait until the weather turns cold to have it repaired; let one of our experts inspect your car and decide what repairs are necessary. Our trained technicians have the knowledge and experience needed to fix your car and save you money. Don’t wait until it’s too late, bring your car in to GIC Car Clinic today and let us take a look at it; we’ll have you back on the road in no time.

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