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2004 Honda Element - no heat near driver’s feet

No heat on drivers feet

Is there heat anywhere else?

HVAC systems tend to default to defrost mode when a fault occurs for safety reasons. (The way you worded your problem leads me to believe you have heated air going elsewhere.)

A failed actuator for the mode selector is a possibility, or maybe the control panel is bad. Sometimes there is a re-calibration procedure for the system. One of the experts here will probably know if that’s the case. Does the car have automatic climate control?