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2006 Chevrolet Equinox AC / heater problems: heat blows out cold air

Heat Blows Out Cold Air

2006 Chevrolet Equinox (Page 1 of 5)

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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2006 Equinox is plagued by a heating problem, as in the heater only blows cold air.

The reported cause of this problem is a small door, known as the air temperature blend door, which allows air to flow past the heater core. This door has a plastic connecting shaft to an electric motor and the shaft is prone to breaking after a few years. The problem has a typical repair cost of over $800.

The 2006 Equinox also has a number of reported problems ranging from the key getting stuck in the ignition, to failing speed sensors, and trouble starting the engine. All in all, this car sounds like one worth avoiding.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
69,812 miles
Total Complaints:
96 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. have GM recall part (39 reports)
  2. not sure (19 reports)
  3. replace the broken blend door (15 reports)
  4. fix door in vent system (11 reports)
  5. had problem fixed (5 reports)
  6. replace heater core (3 reports)
2006 Chevrolet Equinox AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #96

Dec 012013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


I have children and therefore cannot drive my vehicle in the winter because of having no heat. My windshield frosts up in the inside. In order to get a slight amount of heat to happen I have to start the vehicle (not auto start) and let it run for about an hour. Minnesota experiences extreme cold/wind chill temperatures that is very dangerous.

- , Bloomington, Minnesota, USA

problem #95

Jan 012015

Equinox V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,729 miles

Had to have my 2006 Chevrolet Equinox heater fixed twice now due to no heat. the part was $47 and labour $889 because they had to take out the dash to get to the problem. It was the heater door that is held on by two plastic pieces. I sent an email to Chev and also spoke to someone by phone with the question of why this has not been a recall and why are they putting the same part back on made of plastic?

I had someone call and say if it happens again let them know. I responded to tell them this is now the second time. I also told them that there are many complaints on line of this same problem. I was told that they can't go by what is on line and it would have been best for others to email them. They said record would be made and if ever they did a recall I could get reimbursed. I would suggest everyone contact Chevrolet head office or the president. There seems to be a lot of people that have gone through the same problem.

- , Keswick, Ontario, canada

problem #94

Nov 112014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,400 miles

This heat issue has been going on since the actuator recall back in 2009. Now having smoke come out of vents heat not working anyway. Chevy fixing for 2000. They keep your car FOREVER. It's been 2 weeks and they still have it . Heater core thermostat this is a big problem and GM WILL NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR BAD MECHANISM . This is BS

- , Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #93

Oct 012014

Equinox LT 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,000 miles


A little over a month ago, I began experiencing an issue with my 2006 Chevy Equinox. The heat stopped working. The fan would work and blow air - but no heat. I took my vehicle to a GM dealership to have them look at the issue. Immediately upon telling them the symptoms, they diagnosed my vehicle without even looking at it. The service rep told me that it was "known issue" with the Equinox, that almost 4 out of 5 vehicles of that make/model/year have the same problem. He told me the good news was that the part to fix it was only $65, but the bad news was that the labor was $1000. I was told that the hinge on the temperature blend door" was broken at the actuator and that the entire dash assembly would have to be removed to get to the broken part. I took my vehicle to another dealership and had almost the same answer - although, to their credit, they did actually look at the vehicle before diagnosing it.

Both of these GM/Chevy dealerships shook their heads and almost laughed at me - saying that it was a "known issue". I decided that I shouldn't have to pay $1000 to fix a "known issue", so I called Chevy Customer Service. Keep in mind that my vehicle is sitting at the dealership during all this. After more than a week, Chevy tells me that my warranty expired (I was 20k miles over the warranty) and that there is nothing they can do about it. They convince the dealership to knock 10% off my bill. Gee... thanks

- , Lebanon, OH, USA

problem #92

Jun 012013

Equinox LX 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

My heater is not functioning on my 2006 Chevy Equinox again/ I already fixed this once and I have the same Issue, this is really ridicules.

- , Chicopee, Mass, USA

problem #91

Jan 082014

Equinox LT 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 165,824 miles

This was really bad timing with the cold temperatures between 0 and 10 degrees!

- , Louisville, KY, USA

problem #90

Oct 132013

Equinox LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


$1200.00 to fix a plastic door that obviously was a design flaw..... should have been metal or composite.

- , Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #89

Jul 202012

Equinox V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles

took my car for the recall. hood had the car for three days and my heater was never fixed. gm is not fixing the recall for the heaters. they will not take responsibility for the problem.

- , Amite, LA, USA

problem #88

Nov 212013

Equinox LS V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,168 miles

I just purchased this damn car 2 days ago, and the f%^&ing heat doesn't work. I haven't even drove the car for the last past 2 days because its cold as hell in the city of Chicago!!!!!!! I called the place where I purchased the car and they are giving me the runarounds. Sht my first fu@king car note hasn't even been paid yet. This is some BULLSHIT!!!!!!!!! I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A LOVER OF CHEVY CARS BUT THIS MUTHAF*CKIN EQUINOX has definitely put a sour taste in my mouth. GM really needs to recall this part because its causing a lot of unnecessary headache.

- , Dolton, IL, USA

problem #87

Oct 292013

Equinox LT 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,435 miles

My heater is not functioning on my 2006 Chevy Equinox. It blows cool air, yet the AC works just fine. After five minutes of online searching it seems that this is a widespread problem for the 2006 Chevy Equinox.

It is the first of November and the weather is rapidly getting colder. I do not have $1,000 a month before Christmas to have this repair done. It is the responsibility of GM to recognize this defect and recall the cars for replacement. The issue goes beyond feeling cold in the car, it is a safety issue regarding the lack of heat to defog and defrost the car in the dead of winter. We have been contemplating replacing the car with a minivan.

This is probably going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back, and we will NOT be purchasing any more GM cars. Our 1998 Mazda 626 has had far fewer problems, and that car has 180,000+ miles!

- , Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #86

Apr 112011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


took it into my repair shop and they told me it would cost at least $550 in labor and about $50 in the part.

- , Shawano, WI, USA

problem #85

Nov 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

had this fixed several times.. the last time the dealership felt sorry for me for waiting so long for the part that they took one off their lot and didn't charge me for it.

- , New Baden, IL, USA

problem #84

Oct 012012

Equinox LT

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Really frustrating to not have heat in Wisconsin. Since it was under recall, I took car to dealership to have broken blend door replaced and they had the car for 2 days because have to take the dash completely apart to get to broken blend door.

- , Edgerton, WI, USA

problem #83

Sep 082012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,000 miles

My wife goes out on a limb to buy her 2006 Equinox and try to make the payments in these days and come to find out it could cost up to $1300 to fix the heater?? Come on Chevy!!! We buy your cars and get treated like this???? If you don't fix this problem your well aware of and its YOUR bad part causing it, I'll never buy another Chevy!!! BUY AMERICAN....BULL!!!

- , Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #82

Dec 102012

Equinox LT V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles

The vehicle was 6 years olds when the issue was discovered. The dealer claims it will cost approx. $1,100 to fix. The safety issue with this needs to be addressed by GM. Not only does the defrost and heat not work properly, but the smell and obvious fumes of glycol from the heater core us not healthy for my family. There have been several complaints regarding this.GM, you are putting families lives in jeopardy. Heater cores should not beak after 6 years.

- , Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #81

Jan 312013

Equinox LS 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,550 miles

So it is the end of January, one of the coldest days of the year and my wife has to drive our car with no heat around with our 3 month old baby. And now I find out that the proposed problem of why we don't have any heat or defrost in the car is going to cost between 800 -1000 dollars. And this is after I just had 2 o2 sensors replaced for an outrageous price and I also now need to have the catalytic converter replaced as well. How many 1000 dollar repairs will I need to do. Anyway, the sensors and catalytic convert issues are a separate problem. I'm focused on the NO HEAT issue now and why there is not a recall for a problem that is clearly a big issue if you spend 5 minutes on line researching.

- , Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA

problem #80

Nov 072012

Equinox LS 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,562 miles

this is a serious problem in the winter. When you cannot defog your window

- , Charleston, Illinios, USA

problem #79

Nov 212012

Equinox LS V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles

No heat to defog or de-ice the windows or to warm the interior.( a major safety issue) because of a defective cheap part, that requires totally dismantling the entire dash to get to it to replace it is absurd ! Come on GM, We have been very dedicated GM buyers, Our last 4 New vehicles were Chevys.., Not so sure next time

- , Lake Ozark, MO, USA

problem #78

Oct 082012

Equinox LS 3.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

it looks like i not the only person with this problem. i hear that it hs a poorly designed actuator and blend door. i emailed gm on line. no answer yet. there is no recall of this. this is bull! step up to the plate gm! if i don't get any satisfaction on this issue gm can kiss me goodbye as a customer forever!!!!!

- , Murrysvile, PA, USA

problem #77

Sep 302011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Purchased my 2006 Chevy Equinox on valentines day 2011. Did not have to run the heat too much then but come the end of 2011 and very cold weather in Northwest Indiana I had no heat at all. Chevy dealer said it would cost over 1200.00 dollars to fix the problem because the extended warranty did cover this problem. I have to let you know that it is unbelievable that Chevy doesn't want or think they need to recall the heater door problem. I didn't build the car, and have been a lifelong Chevy owner, they did so if our government can help you to stay in business than maybe you should keep your customers happy. Don't make this problem the down fall of your reputation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Porter, IN, USA

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