Jeep Grand Cherokee Problem Report
Jeep Grand Cherokee HVAC Air Flow Switching to Defrost When Accelerating
The AC/heater (HVAC) system may unexpectedly switch to the defrost mode when accelerating. This system is operated by engine vacuum and should be inspected for any vacuum leaks if this problem develops. There is also a revised vacuum check valve available to address this concern.
AC switches to Defrost when accelerating, especially if climbing a hill. This doesn't happen with every acceleration, but when it does happen if I ease up on the gas, it switches back. - Visitor
Under acceleration when the engine pulls vacuum, the small check valve on the manifold vacuum line does not hold allowing the AC/heater directional system to default to the defrost system (no vacuum position). Check valves are netorious for failing or leaking. I was able to "stall" the problem by "cleaning" the check valce with wd40 but it is only a short term fix and will only work if the check valve is dirty and not broken. A check valve this size should cost less than $10.00 but buyer beware... it is probably a "special" component and may cost more??? - bayerlad
My a/c system blows from defrost only, I don't need to accelerate, it happens every time I turn it on. - Cindypete
AC only on Defrost doesn't come out of the vents,I checked for vacuum leak but found nothing. - Visitor
was doing this when accelerating now stuck on defrost - Visitor
accelerate goes to defrost let off throttle goes to vent - Visitor
Loss of vacuum causing AC to switch from top vents to defrost on heavy acceleration or medium RPM at highway speeds - Visitor
HVAC Air Flow Switching to Defrost When Accelerating, now air only out on defrost vent, also water on floor passenger side. - Visitor
First the AC would stop blowing out the dash vents when I accelerated redirecting the air to the defrost or floor vents. Dealership told me it was a redirection of power when I accelerated. Didn't sound right but I went with it. A few years later cruise control doesn't work, heater and AC both do not blow out the dash vents only defrost and sometimes floor vents. From my online investigation I know there is a vacuum leak. I had one fixed under the hood which helped a little but I am afraid the other might be in the dash. On top of that if the blower runs too long I start to smell a burning electrical smell. So I think the connector/resistor gets too hot and starts melting. - Andrea81
Vacuum hoses are terrible in this car. Remove passenger side headlight and replace the ones you can reach back behind it. Almost certainly the problem is one of them. - Jeepowner15
Same issue as everyone else. Vacuum and pcm modules should be checked. - Visitor
When accelerating the AC will blow out through the defrost. - Visitor
whenever the engine is under extra load such as uphill on the freeway or passing, the air stop coming from the console and switches to defrost. Dealership changed a vacuum motor (no help). - Visitor
I think it is a vacuum issue. I will see what solution there is. - Visitor
Same not fixed yet. wonder if the loss of enough vacuum pressure is caused by insufficient vacuum due to a leak elsewhere? I know my brake booster needs replaced due to a leak. this has been a problem since i purchased the jeep and I don't know if with a system that has no vacuum leak if this happens. kinda hard to imagine it does that would be pretty crappy engineering. I assume i fix the brake booster or vacuum leak, i fix the problem. - Visitor
the heater/ac system switches from front or floor to defrost when accelerating. - Visitor
ac/heat defaults to defrost when accelerator is pushed. Stops immediately when brake is used. Still not fixed - Visitor
HVAC switches to defrost when accelerating above 1800 RPMs. Not fixed yet. - mwindle
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