A/C Vents Blow Cold on Passenger Side But Warm Drivers

Problem with my 1997 Buick.
Engine size = 3.3L V6.
Repairs for this problem = A/C compressor, orifice tube and drier replaced about 1 year ago. The problem I have is that when you turn the ac on the cool air only comes out the 2 vents on the passenger side. The 2 vents on the drivers side have warm air blowing out. A/C is controls are set to max air and max cold on the temp control.

Answer: Most common problem is a bad temperature door actuator if it does have dual zone A/C. This actuator controls the temperature door for that side. Dual zone systems have a temp door for each side.

If the car does not have dual zone climate control, this sounds like a problem that some mechanics miss. This problem is a low freon charge in the system. It will not be apparent if just looking at freon gauge pressures- they will be normal. But a system that is 1/2 pound low will cause the passenger side vents to blow cool or cold air, and the drivers side to be less cool or even warm on this car. There is simply not enough freon capacity in the system to cool the air to the drivers side. Only way to be sure is to drain and measure the freon in the system.

Where is temperature door actuator?

Answer: We would need to know what make and model Buick you are asking about. Are you looking for the drivers side or passenger side actuator?

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  • Guest - Leonard

    what would the cost be to replace the temp. door actuator on a 2002 chevrolet trailblazer

  • Guest - Jamarrion

    Where is the temperature door actuator in my 2012 Chevy impala lz

  • Guest - O.D

    Toyota Camry 2008

  • Guest - Tony Baccari

    I have a 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500. It just started but the drivers side is warmer than the passengers side. Just added a couple of ounces of 134A and no difference. Where is the actuator door located and can I change it or does it need professional repair?

  • Guest - Tracy

    Actuator on Buick enclave. Where is it?

  • Guest - Jan

    Where is the temperature door actuator on a 2010 Ford F 150?

  • Guest - Brii lynne

    Where is the temperature door actuator in model 2005 ram truck

  • Guest - fillides

    1999 Buick Ultra AC on, cold on passenger side, heat on drivers side.

  • Guest - Coty

    In reply to: Guest - fillides

    2012 jeep Cherokee driverside AC blows out hot air passenger side AC blows cold air?

  • Guest - joe

    In reply to: Guest - fillides

    Check the freon charge and then check the actuator motor.

  • Guest - Sloane Barnes

    2006 Chevy Silverado

  • Guest - Fred

    This 2013 Buick Encore does have dual climate control. It is blowing air ,it is just not cool.

  • Guest - Andrew

    2003 impala LS. 3.8l, where is the driver side actuator located at. Ac is cool on passenger side but driver side is sorta warm like.

  • Guest - Jasmine

    2013 Ford Edge: the driver side blows cold air and passenger blows hot air

  • Guest - Currey DeArmit

    This is happening in my 2013 Lincoln MKX but is blowing hot on the passenger side and cold on the drivers side.

  • Guest - Mike

    2007 Honda Accord AC issues same problem. Cheap resolution for the problem and where is the part located

  • Guest - Ellen

    It also makes this loud ticking noise before the heat begins blowing

  • Guest - Jame

    In reply to: Guest - Ellen

    Yes, you need to replace the actuator.

  • Guest - ames

    In reply to: Guest - Ellen

    Yes, you need to replace the actuator.

  • Guest - Kes

    Hi, passenger side Lincoln MKT tow car 5 seater.

  • Guest - Tammy

    2015 nissan sentra my driver side blows warm and passenger blows cold.

  • Guest - Shea Turner

    In reply to: Guest - Tammy

    Same did you ever figure out what it was?

  • Guest - Beverly

    2003 Buick Regal

  • Guest - Dana Garrett

    2013 Impala 3.6 LTZ a/c hot on driver's side cold on passengers

  • Guest - Bill

    In reply to: Guest - Dana Garrett


  • Guest - Chris

    Where is the actuator for 2013 GL450. The driver side is not blowing cold air. It is temperament. Sometimes it will blow warm air, sometimes it will blow cold air. we just recharged the freon on April and today brought it to mercedes and the only fix they did is recharge the freon and they said it is working perfect. we just did that a few months ago.. Mercedes said, they couldnt find any leak. what could be the problem. I feel like, they just charge it so they can charge me money.

  • Guest - Chris

    Where is the actuator for 2013 GL450? Thank you

  • Guest - Samuel

    Where is the blend actuator door on a 2013 Ford Taurus Limited?

  • Guest - Dianne

    I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado and mine does same thing and has for 3 years. No one can seem to figure it out

  • Guest - Angie

    In reply to: Guest - Dianne

    I'm having the same problem with my 2005 Chevy Silverado

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