None of those parts are in the heater box inside the car, so you're right to think nothing has changed in that respect. The next thing I would look at is the drain tube under the hood. It is fairly common for them to get plugged with debris, then water builds up in the drain pan. The more common symptom is that water overflows, especially when turning corners, and appears on the front passenger side floor.
If that drain is not completely blocked yet, I could see water and soap building up faster from a car wash than it can drain out. That soap won't cause a problem yet, but the blockage will continue to build up until you have more water problems. Best is to address this now.
Look for a 4" long rubber hose with a 90 degree bend in it, hanging down from the firewall on the passenger side. Squeeze the end to open it up and let any debris wash out. Normally the trapped water does that, but if yours isn't that bad yet, the blockage may not wash out. There's a wire ring holding that tube on. Squeeze the ends of the ring, then pull that hose off. Check it for blockage. If there is none, stick a pencil into the plastic spout the hose was attached to. That should also dislodge any blockage.
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 AT 2:36 PM