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Blower motor in air-conditioning
The blower motor is a key part in your cars air-conditioning system.
For some, it could be argued that air-conditioning is the most important feature of a car, excluding all the mechanical bits that make it go, stop and turn.
Your car’s air-conditioning relies on an array of parts to ensure it’s operating correctly.
How does the air heat up or cool down?
How does the airspeed through the vents change?
What diverts the air from face vents to the floor vents or the demisters.
There are many components that have to work together to ensure the air-conditioning system is working correctly and, with so many contributing parts, it’s clear the system should only be serviced or repaired by a qualified technician.
What is a blower motor?
The blower motor is a critical component of your car’s ability to direct hot or cold air into the cabin.
Whilst it is not capable of heating or cooling itself, the blower motor’s responsibility lies in forcing air that has either been heated or cooled through the cars Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning system (HVAC) or, simply put, the air vents.
If your air conditioning system no longer responds to the HVAC controls, particularly those that increase or decrease air flow, this is a common sign that your blower motor has failed.
Symptoms that your blower motor is failing
There are signs that will warn you a blower motor is near failure.
An odd noise coming from behind the dash on the passenger side, such as a mechanical grinding or whining noise, is one such sign.
Another is if the air is struggling to come out of the vents.
However, diagnosis by a qualified technician will be required to make sure it is actually the blower motor that is faulty.
How is the blower motor replaced?
Replacing a blower motor is a relatively straightforward task for a trained mechanic.
After the car battery is disconnected, some trim and small panels may need to be removed from the passenger footwell.
The glove box may also have to be removed.
Being located behind the dash in the passenger footwell, the blower motor can be easily accessed and removed by undoing the bolts that are securing it.
On some older model cars, the blower motor might be located in the engine bay.
Once free, the HVAC vent connections are detached, along with the electrical power connector.
This process is then reversed in order to install the new blower motor and gasket (if applicable).
How important is it to replace the blower motor?
This is really up to the individual who spends the most time in the car.
If you’re particularly sensitive to either the heat or cold, or you live in a really hot or cold environment, having a functioning HVAC system will be beneficial.
Generally, it’s a good idea to keep all systems on your car in good running order.
By replacing the Blower Motor, you may identify other issues that caused it to fail such as a clogged cabin filter.
Where can you get your blower motor replaced?
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