Check to Make Sure You Have Heat in Your Car Before Winter

November 21st, 2021 by

Woman Driving in Winter

Car Heater Issue FAQs

There are plentiful reasons why you have no heat in your car or why your car heater is blowing cold air while you’re driving around Oshkosh and Beaver Dam. The reality is that heating your car in winter requires a lot of energy and different vehicle systems working together. While heat comes from the engine, there’s more to having no heat in a car than just the engine not heating up. In fact, your engine can work perfectly fine while your car heater is blowing cold air. How can that be? Read our car heater issue FAQs below or contact us at a Holiday Automotive service center near you to learn more!


What to Do When You Have No Heat in Your Chevy

Winter is a harsh time of year on a car generally speaking in Sheboygan, but it’s also a harsh time of year on you. Don’t be caught in the cold in your car. Make sure your heat works ahead of time. What do you do when you have no heat in your Chevy? We may have some tips that can help.

Is Your Chevy Warm?

The engine of your Chevy needs to warm up before it can operate properly on West Bend roads. For that reason, the heating system in your car prioritizes the engine over the cabin. This means you have to wait for the engine to heat up before your heat really starts working. Letting it sit for a while running, or even taking a short trip on the highway should do the trick. If you have heat afterward, then everything is likely operating normally.

Can Having No Heat Mean Something Major is Wrong?

If your Chevy doesn’t heat up in Ripon, there are several things that could be wrong. The first thing you want to check is your engine temperature though, make sure that the gauge reads fine and that you don’t have any warning lights, as that could be signs of a much larger issue with your cooling system.

If your engine overheats even in winter, or if you have warning lights on your dash, you should take your car in for service as soon as possible. A problem with your cooling system can destroy your entire engine.

Not having enough coolant could also be the cause of your poor heating and even the cause of your engine overheating. You can fix this yourself as long as you use the right type of Chevy coolant. However, if you notice that your coolant level keeps going down over time, even if there appears to be no coolant leaking, you could have a major problem, and you need to get it checked out.

What Would Make a Car Heater Not Work?

If your engine is heating up fine but your car heater is blowing cold air, and thus, you have no heat in the cabin, then a number of things could be wrong. Your thermostat may need to be replaced or your heater core could be plugged for example. These are both things that should be handled by a trusted Chevy dealer in or around Oshkosh.

Another issue if you have no heat in your car could be your blend door. This is essentially a flap that controls the hot and cold mix. This is still something that a dealer should take care of, but you may be able to improve your situation. If you cycle your heat setting from hot to cold several times, it’s possible that you can dislodge the blend door or at least improve the mix to get more heat.

Get More Help Heating Your Car in Winter

Looking for additional assistance troubleshooting why your car heater is blowing cold or lukewarm air or the fan speed appears to be broken? Give us a call at (920) 266-4693 or simply schedule service online now at one of our service centers near you. We’re here to help! Be sure to check out our service specials too so you can save more on car heater repairs & maintenance.