Hello all, I really hope someone out there can help me, since I can’t seem to get anywhere with local repair people…
I have a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox, and for a long time the air conditioner has had a mind of its own. The main problem is that it will switch back and forth between recycle mode and intake mode randomly. It has been doing this for years, but the problem has gotten considerably worse this summer. Often times when I’m driving home from work (about a 10 minute trip), it will do this 15-20 times.
Here are the main symptoms of the problem:
-switches between recycle and intake randomly
-turns a/c light (compressor) off and on when switching
-sometimes, when in recycle mode, it will not allow me to put it back to intake mode
-the problem seems to be worse when it is hotter, and when I am driving below 35 mph or so (especially bad when stopped)
-when stopped, the air being blown out is not very cold, and sometimes downright hot
About a month or so ago, I added refrigerant to the system because the air wasn’t always getting cold. This seemed to help the temperature of the air - when the system is pushing out cold air - but didn’t solve the problems listed above…
I had the A/C tested by the dealership when it was still under warranty (a few years ago), and they couldn’t find anything wrong. I also had it tested weeks ago by Firestone, who told me the same thing.
Recently I learned that my mother’s former car, a Chevy Malibu, had the same symptoms (we also shared another problem: when our windshield wipers are in delay mode, the time between wipes will often randomly be longer or shorter…if anyone has any info on this, I would also appreciate it, but it’s not as big of a problem). I don’t know if this is a systemic problem with the electrical systems in Chevrolets or what, but I can tell you in the heat of the summer it’s very annoying to constantly have the speed and temperature of your A/C changing on you. If anyone has any suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.
Attached are two videos: one showing the switching problem, and another showing me trying to put the A/C in intake mode. Please let me know if you need any more information from me, and thanks!