Cadillac Escalade Problems

Improper HVAC Temperature and/or Air Delivery Due to Failed Mode Door Actuator on Cadillac Escalade

Problem Description and Possible Solution

One or more heater & AC (HVAC) air delivery and/or temperature mode door actuator may fail. This can result in incorrect air delivery or temperature. If this occurs, fault code(s) stored in the HVAC control module should be available to assist with diagnoses.

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Average mileage: 115,512 (28,000–230,000)
10 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
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While driving with the airconditioning on, suddenly the front air ducks blow extremely hot air. Must turn off the vehicle, then restart for the problem to right itself. According to the posts I've been reading here and on other sites it sounds like a faulty blend door actuator also known as air flap actuator.
front & rear a/c blowing warm air clutch cycleing, short cycleing switch,add refrigerant, the only line that feels cold is the liquid line entering the evaporator and that is with the accumulator switch shorted.
Heater was coming on in the summer with the air blowing now winter heater will not come on at all.
with a/c on it will switch to heating on drivers side only i have to stop, turn off and restart. may have to do 1 or 2 times
If your actuator is blowing hot or cold air it is probably not broken...just out of sync. A year and a half of hot air blowing out of the drivers vent from time to time. Cutting off and starting the engine at a traffic light temporarily fixed it. Finally it was happening all the time so I bought a new actuator from Advance Auto for $43.00. I unplugged the old actuator and was waiting till the next day to install the new one. Had to go to store so plugged old one back in and the cold air started blowing and hasn't blown hot air since. By unplugging power to the old actuator must have made the computer reset it. Returned the new actuator for a refund and it's been months now and no actuator failure. If that didn't work you will need to relearn the a/c actuator into position. Try to relearn your actuator by turning your A/C system to the highest blower setting with cold air for 5 minutes, then dial the heat to hot for five minutes. This sometimes resets the actuator when there is actually nothing wrong with it in the first place except that it's out of sync. Try this before you buy. It's a simple fix if you need to change it. Lot's of youtube instructions.
Believe problem to be in the lower actuator. During AC season, passenger side upper and lower vents randomly blow extremely hot air - unbearable for the passenger. Drivers side and rear AC works fine when this happens. I have not found a solution yet other than the $1200 the dealer said would cost to fix.
When the AC is on sometimes hot air blows out of the driver side vents and at other times hot air blows out of the passenger side vents, but the rear vents always blow cold air. I have to turn the vehicle off and back on to reset it but it eventually does the same thing again.
Driver side A/C blows HOT air while rest of SUV runs cold. Has happened intermittently and just started blowing hot again.
Ocassionally, A/C blows hot on driver's side, cold on passenger and all rear vents. Cycling through the ven positions (dash, foot, combo, defrost...) sometimes cures the problem. Vent baffles or doors can be heard operating. Today, that fix stopped working...
The moter will come on, but no air comes out, but when it does come some times my side blows hot an the passenger side will blow cold
My drivers side air goes to full hot randomly. Sometimes a restart will fix the situation for a few minutes. I ended up doing a YouTube search on how to fix the "blend door actuator" or "mode select door" and found how to change it. Mine happened to be the easy one located on the passenger side. Due to high cost I just took the actuator apart and cleaned it with acetone and it worked great for several thousand miles. Still looking to replace it, when money allows but it's a decent fix in a pinch.
Blowing hot air out front vents when ac is on...replaced actuator to no avail...replacing HVAC control module...have to drop the whole damn dash...smh