Air conditioner only blows out through the top windshield vents when in high medium or low settings through the top windshield vents

Tiny
MICHAEL1776
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  • 2004 FORD EXPEDITION
  • 5.4L
  • V8
  • RWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 180,000 MILES
In high medium or low setting the air conditioner only blows out through the top windshield vents. The air conditioner is controlled with buttons not knobs. There is no clicking sounds coming from dash. I checked all visible vacuum hoses under the hood no visible tears or loose hoses. Just to be clear air conditioner works fine, blower is working because I can hear it and feel it blowing through windshield/defrost vents. Please help! Average temperature down here is high 90's.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2016 AT 2:31 PM

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Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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The mode selection is done through a series of air doors that are operated by vacuum. When there is either a partial or total loss of vacuum, the system will default to either defrost or on some vehicles, heat. Acceleration can also have an effect on the doors for the same reason.

Look under the hood for a small black plastic hose coming through the firewall. Follow it to the vacuum source looking for any breaks, cracks or leaks. Also follow any other lines that branch off because they may go to a vacuum reservoir (storage tank) and a leak there will cause the same problem. Using a vacuum gauge to determine if you have full vacuum at any given point is the best way to find it. You can cut into the line anywhere and splice it back together with a piece of vacuum hose. Find the broken line, you found your problem.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2016 AT 2:34 PM
Tiny
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I have followed and replaced almost all hoses under the hood coming out of the firewall. I took out the storage tank located behind the battery I checked it for leaks and found none. Could the vacuum problem be inside, under the dashboard? Earlier in the week I took out actuator to see if gears were broken, but they were fine. Maybe I knocked something loose? I do remember when this problem started when accelerating that did affect where the air conditioner would blow out of.
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Thursday, October 13th, 2016 AT 4:52 PM

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