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The heat works in my rear unit, but not out of the blower in

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The heat works in my rear unit, but not out of the blower in front. it blows air, but its not hot.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer!

 

With the a/c on can you control the temperature that way? If you can't control temperature at all then you have an issue of some sort with the blend door. THe blend door is the door that controls temperature by directing air through the evaporator and heater core. If the blend door isn't working it could be the door itself is stuck in the heater box, it could be broken, the actuator that controls it may be bad, or it could be a wiring or control head issue.

 

If you are able to control temperature when it is on a/c but you have no heat then you may have a restricted heater core. Over time the cores can become restricted and prevent coolant flow through them so heat output lessens or goes away. If the heater core is restricted you can usually flush it out and restore heat at least partially, often you can bring it back to normal with just a flush.

 

 

Customer: replied 11 months ago.

If I turn the temperature all the way cold (to 60), it blows cold air. If I turn it all the way hot (to 90) it gets moderately warmer but not that much.


 


 

Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.
That's good, that most likely rules out a blend door issue. If you do get some heat and the engine is coming up to normal operating temperature then your heater core is restricted. I would recommend flushing the heater core and that will most likely take care of it.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
It doesn't really produce any heat.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.
You said that it does get warmer when turning it to heat, so it is at least producing something. If you're able to change temperature at all and it does produce some heat then I would recommend starting with flushing the heater.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Can I do that myself easily?
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

What you would need to do is remove the hoses from the heater core inlet, and it's best to then use a few feet of bulk hose that you can push into each tube. Then you'll want to run water from a garden hose through the hoses in each direction alternately until the water runs clear in both directions with no cloudiness.

 

Then you can reinstall the heater hoses at the firewall, bleed the cooling system and see if you then have better heat. To bleed the cooling system you'll need to leave the radiator cap off until the engine reaches operating temperature and no more air comes up.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I have never heard of anything you just mentioned other than a garden hose.
Expert:  sprinkles08 replied 11 months ago.

It may be something that you'd rather have a shop handle in that case. You shouldn't pay more than an hour worth of labor time to have the heater core flushed.

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