Do you know what the heater core is in your vehicle? If not, that is okay as many people may not. The heater core is one part of your vehicle's cooling system and it is responsible for the functioning of your defrost setting and of course, the heater.
Your heater core is responsible for a number of different functions with the main one being that it moves coolant throughout your vehicle's tubes that deliver heat to your vehicle. If the heater core goes bad, you will need to have it replaced to restore the heating and defrosting functions of your vehicle.
Symptoms of a Bad Heater Core
If you believe your heater core may be going bad, you can line up the symptoms your vehicle is experiencing to some of the common symptoms below.
1. If your windshield is fogging up on you, this is a sign that your heater core is no longer working. The condensation on the windows may also feel slightly warm.
2. If your passenger side floorboard is wet and there are no leaks in your vehicle, you may have a bad or blown heater core. When there is a leak in the heater core, your vehicle will begin to consume coolant rather quickly and you may find yourself replacing the coolant on a regular basis.
3. If you notice a strong smell of antifreeze, you need to have the heater core checked. You will be able to determine this smell immediately as it is a strong, sweet smell. Typically, you will begin to smell the antifreeze when you turn the defroster on or when you attempt to use the heat setting in your vehicle.
4. Lastly, if you turn on your heater and no hot air comes out, your heater core is probably bad. It is important to have it checked out though because sometimes, it may be the condenser or even the blower motor that is the problem.
Average Cost to Replace the Heater Core
If you need to replace the heater core in your vehicle, you are looking at a moderate cost to do so. The national average for heater core repair ranges from $560 to about $730. This estimate does include the parts and the labor. You can typically replace it on your own for much cheaper as the part itself ranges in cost from about $90 to $150.
If you believe your heater core is going bad, get it replaced so that you do not have to shiver in the winter.