Heating and AC Control May Fail Intermintently on Lexus SC300

There are reports of intermittent failures with the heating and air conditioning control. The digital display might fail or the control might fail to switch between heater functions.

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Average mileage: 163,126 (94,000–230,000)
9 model years affected: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
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Same issue, my display is blank for both heat and a/c and nothing is responding. I replaced the display and it is still the same problem. I finally decided to go to the local Lexus dealership and ask. I didn't much help but he recommended looking at the fan relay. I will update progress.
1992 Lexus SC300 114,000 mi,
The air blows no heat or cold air come just outside air all the controls on the pannel work just not hot or cold?? help
When I turn on my A/C the light just flashes and blows warm (whatever temp it is outside, I live in Arizona so usually hot) air. My A/C was working fine as I was cruising down the highway and it suddenly gave out and started blinking and blowing "non A/C" air. Although I have to admit, it started a few hours after using a "tape" in the tape deck to play my iPod. I don't know if it's electrical or what. But I do know that the half the display screen is slightly dimmer. Any help would be much appreciated.
After owning the car for a week the problem started. The heater display goes blank, all functions with the heater/AC will stop. It will then come on again and work perfectly. This seemingly happens at random. Now the same thing is starting to happen with the stereo system.
heater display dead no heat or ac
I had the same problem there is a fuse under the steering wheel on the left we replaced a fuse (10A red) and the display began to respond again
1993 Lexus SC300 224,000 mi,
can barely see th ac display. bottom half is dark.
1992 Lexus SC300 132,000 mi,
Heater AC Control LCD display faded out. Replaced Control at junk yard w/SC400 control.
1997 Lexus SC300 224,000 mi,
ac compresso.r comes on for a couple seconds then goes off , ac light flashes ,you could turn off then on and it would cool now that does not work gas pressure is good
1992 Lexus SC300 114,000 mi,
Same issue
1997 Lexus SC300 197,300 mi,
AC will go on ok - once outside temp reaches 70 degrees AC does not stay cold - blows only hot air. There is no freon leak and putting in additional freon resolved nothing. Compressor is working fine - blower is working fine. Heat works fine. Had one tech look at it and he thinks it may be the temp control board in the front panel unit but I have not had it replaced yet. Still checking.
Ac blower motor want come on compressor works
1993 Lexus SC300 227,489 mi,
I had only a black screen on my ac unit. I contacted (mercuryrunner)at his eBay store and for $40.00 with site instruction on how to install them I fixed my as problem. This is the cheapest way to fix this with out going to a dealership. I hope that this is helpful to anyone with this issue.
1992 Lexus SC300 145,000 mi,
Digital controls for air and heat are not clear. Clouded by dark back round.
can't see how to turn the temp up or down
Had to turn on heater for a few days. Now, the ac won't get cold. Freon and everything is working perfect. Just heat comes out of the ac instead of cold air.