Your car has to be as comfortable as it can be when you're driving. Without a good heating system, it's just like driving a cold storage truck on the road. So when you notice fog on your windshield or wet spots on your carpet, it's about time you change your heater core. Here are some things you have to consider when buying a new one:
Your car's engine and A/C system
Just because your car has a heating system, it doesn't necessarily mean that it has a heater core. Older car models use air-cooled systems, which do not use heater cores to heat up the passenger compartment. Instead, these models use air from their motor's cooling fans and channel it into the cabin to be used as heat. So unless you're running on a water-cooled engine, the heater core is the least of your problems. But if your car has one, check on your fans or other parts of your air-conditioning system for possible leakage. This way, you'll know if you need to replace any busted part.
Types of heater core
The two most popular types are aluminum and copper heater cores. Aluminum heater cores are used in most cars today, which makes finding an OE replacement easier. But if you're going for durability, aluminum types might not be your best bet. The mixing of metals within the aluminum tubing is responsible for corrosion, which is best avoided by using copper-type heater cores. Copper heater cores are generally heavier and more durable. They also transfer heat better. Although they have a shorter lifespan than aluminum types, around 5 years or 50,000 miles, copper heater cores are usually cheaper and preferred by many. Because of their more efficient design, they can generate heat better and faster.
High-quality OE replacement parts
It might surprise you to know that the cost of operating your heating system is more than the cost of purchasing it. Maintenance of your heater core, such as regular replacing of coolant and flushing of your system, can have a long-term impact on your wallet. The best way to reduce the operating costs is by choosing a high-efficiency, durable heater core. Go for a high-quality OE replacement for this heating system component to decrease the likelihood of leaks caused by an ill-fitting replacement part. Also make sure that your heater core is backed by a warranty with reasonable coverage to ensure you get exactly what you're paying for.