- 1 Where is the heater control valve located?
- 2 How do I know if my heater control valve is bad?
- 3 What is the heater pump on a school bus?
- 4 Can you bypass a heater control valve?
- 5 How much does it cost to replace a heater control valve?
- 6 How can you tell if you have a bad heater core?
- 7 Why is my car blowing cold air when the heater is on?
- 8 How does a heater bypass valve work?
- 9 What causes a heater control valve to go bad?
- 10 Do I need a heater control valve?
- 11 How do you test a heater control valve?
- 12 How does a school bus heater work?
- 13 What does a boost pump do on a bus?
- 14 What is auxiliary heater?
Where is the heater control valve located?
Heater Control Valve Location The heater control valve is typically in line with the heater core’s inlet hose, which is often near the vehicle’s firewall, but the exact location of the valve will vary by vehicle.
How do I know if my heater control valve is bad?
Here are some of the warning signs of a bad heater control valve:
- No heat comes out.
- Heat is always on and you can’t turn it down.
- Heater operates erratically, putting out more or less heat without any control changes.
- Coolant leaks.
- Low coolant level.
- Higher-than-normal temperature gauge readings (from loss of coolant)
What is the heater pump on a school bus?
Engine pre-heaters operate as hot water furnaces utilizing the buses own diesel fuel and batteries to produce heat. Effective! The heaters water pump circulates engine coolant to transfer heat to the engine and heat exchangers.
Can you bypass a heater control valve?
Heater control valve bypass is not standard on vehicles; it is a modification. When bypass hoses are installed, the coolant in your car will always be circulating through the heater core – that means that if the core starts leaking, you won’t be able to turn it off.
How much does it cost to replace a heater control valve?
The average cost for heater control valve replacement is between $180 and $201. Labor costs are estimated between $83 and $105 while parts are priced at $96. This range does not include taxes and fees, and does not factor in your specific vehicle or unique location.
How can you tell if you have a bad heater core?
Five Signs Your Car’s Heater Core Is Going Bad
- Fog Inside Your Car. Two things could be going on if you have fog inside your car.
- Sweet Smells in the Car. The sweet smell in your car might not be your perfume or the donuts you’re taking to work.
- Constant Engine Coolant Loss.
- Cold Air in the Cabin.
- Cold Cabin/Hot Engine.
Why is my car blowing cold air when the heater is on?
Problems with the vehicle’s heating system can be either no air or only cold air coming out of the heating system. A car heating system blowing cold air can be due to a faulty thermostat, low coolant fluid level, malfunctioning heater core, a leaking cooling system, or problems with heating controls and blend door.
How does a heater bypass valve work?
When you turn the heat on, it opens a valve in the heater core that allows the coolant to cycle through it that has been warmed up by your engine. A blend door in the heater core allows air flow from outside to blow the warm air into your vehicle or defog your windows as a result.
What causes a heater control valve to go bad?
Leaking coolant Over time the heater control valve can wear out and crack, which will cause coolant to leak from the valve. Heater control valves can also leak from excessive corrosion from contact with old or contaminated engine coolant.
Do I need a heater control valve?
You turn on the heater when it’s cold and warm air blows in at you. That’s why it is surprising for some people to learn that the heater control valve is a necessary part of how the heater works because it allows coolant to pass from the engine itself through the car heater where it’s able to warm you up.
How do you test a heater control valve?
How to test a heater control valve. Adjust the heat to the full on position with the engine at operating temperature. Then check the temperature of the hose on the inlet and outlet sides of the heater control valve. The inlet and outlet hoses should be the same temperature.
How does a school bus heater work?
How do fuel operated heaters work? They heat the cold coolant from your engine’s block to 160° F in as little as one hour, then pump it back to the vehicle’s engine and heat exchangers. The result: Your engine is preheated and the vehicle’s heat exchangers distribute an abundance of heat to the vehicle’s interior.
What does a boost pump do on a bus?
As with all school buses they come with a coolant boost pump that helps push the fluid through the entire system.
What is auxiliary heater?
Auxiliary heat is a heating system that works when the temperature inside a home or building drops lower than two or three degrees from what the temperature is set. Or when someone decides they are cold, and turns the thermostat up more than three degrees. Auxiliary heat is a component of heat pump systems.