Chevrolet Equinox owners have reported 12 problems related to defogger heater (under the visibility category).
On 4/14/12, the heater/defroster started blowing cold air only. This caused the windows to fog and limited visibility while driving in a rain storm on the highway. After researching the issue online, I found hundreds of report of the same failure in the air temperature blend door dating back to 2008.
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The heater blows cold air no matter what temperature setting it is on. There is also no defrost on the front window.
The contact owns a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. While parked the contact activated the defroster and noticed that the hvac system only emitted cold air and would not clear up the windows. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the blendoor for the heater was not functioning. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.
The heating system in my 2006 chevy Equinox failed. I see that this is quite a common issue. We brought our vehicle in and after beating around the bush, the dealer is quoting approx $1000 to replace the blend door mechanism. Mostly labor, I understand the part itself is rather in expensive. Since the defrost on the front window no longer functions shouldn't this part be recalled as a safety hazard???.
Like hundreds, maybe thousands, of other 2006 chevy Equinox owners, the heater will only blow cold air out because of a faulty part that wears out and breaks after approximately 2-3 years. I have been told by the dealership that gm is refusing to issue a recall because it is not considered a safety issue, however when I am driving my kids to school in the morning and cannot see where I am driving because I can't defrost my windows, it seems to be quite a safety issue to me, not to mention the fact that my children are freezing. Any length of time in the during a michigan winter we will risk hypothermia & frostbite. I have been told it is $900 to fix, which like many others I don't just have that amount of money sitting around and now have to wait awhile to get the repair made. I understand that things go wrong with cars and cars require maintenance and repairs, but this is obviously an issue with gm's design and decision to use cheap parts that wouldn't last and they should be held responsible for their poor decision.
I own a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox. I had no symptoms or signs of the failure I had with my heater. No leaks or symptoms lead up to the issue- it simply stopped working. Because gm (starting roughly in 2005) started manufacturing vehicles with a plastic blend door for the actuator- the heat is malfunctioning and only blows extremely cool air. This is a definite safety issue that thousands of americans are experiencing. We are unable to defrost the windows and see visibly- the only response from gm that we are getting is to "roll a window down" and with 3 infants in the car, this is impossible. The estimates range from 900 to 1800 to fix this part (which requires dismantling the entire dash down to the firewall) which arguably causes a domino effect of other issues to the vehicle. With no visibility and now way to transport my infant children safely in the winter- this should definitely be a recall that is a safety and hazard issue on multiple levels. Gm refuses to recognize the problem. Americans can't afford to have the car fix, but also can't afford to have no heat. There's nothing we can do and we are suffering.
Owned a 2006 chevy Equinox with 34636 miles, heater gave up on us, and went to find out the extent of the problem. Found out that the heater case door needs replaced at an estimate of $1500, with 9hrs of labor. No accidents leading to, or injuries, as of yet, however, the interior windows do fog up causing, my wife and I, to clear the interior fog, and then move on.
2006 Equinox blend door prematurely malfunctions and renders defogger and heaters useless impairing the vision and safety of the driver, passengers and public safety. Please review the 100's of complaints from the links I listed below. . Read more...
My Chevrolet Equinox 2006 heater stopped blowing hot air. Did some research on line and found this is a common problem with this particular model. Took it to dealer where it was diagnosed as a faulty heater door or temp valve. Now I cannot defrost my windows.
2006 chevy Equinox heater blend door shaft broken and no heat is coming out. Dealer wants $1100 to fix it, cannot afford it. I agree, gm should recall, safety hazard when you cannot see out of the windows.
I have a 2006 Chevrolet Equinox that has a broken "heater blender door". Approximately 1 year ago my heater just stopped working without any warning. I took it to a mechanic and they wanted $1,000+ to fix it. They said the whole dash assembly has to be removed to get to the hvac box under the dash to access the part (heater blender door). This winter I have not been able to defrost my windshield because there is no heat to defrost it. When it rains the windows fog up and I cannot see. I was told by the mechanic to use the air conditioner to defrost the windshield but it doesn't work it just makes it worse. Also using the ac doesn't work when it's 32 degrees outside. I believe this is a big safety issue because the windshield cannot be defrosted which causes poor visibility and may cause an accident. This vehicle should be recalled and repaired ASAP.
The heater in my Equinox went out at about 45,000-50,000 miles. I was unable to defrost my window and driving conditions were dangerous not only to me but also to other drivers. I was able to get the part fixed after about 1 year of driving with no heat. It cost me $1,035 and of course happened not too long after my warranty had expired.