2001 Chevy Astro not blowing hot

Tiny
KCFCHI
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  • 2001 CHEVROLET ASTRO
Heater problem
2001 Chevy Astro 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 84k miles

when temp selector is turned to red for heat it only blows cool. The other day when I tried again it started to blow warm then after a few moments it blew cool again. Level in radiator is at top and reserve/overflow tank is at proper level also. Is there possible electrical solution?
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Thursday, August 26th, 2010 AT 8:16 AM

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Tiny
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Hi kcfchi. Welcome to the forum. Do you have a temperature gauge on the dash? If so, is it reading in the normal range or is it lower than normal? If it's low, suspect the thermostat.

If the gauge reads normal, or if you don't have one, feel the upper radiator hose after the engine has been running for ten to twenty minutes. It should be too hot to hold onto for very long. If not, again, suspect the thermostat. Next, feel the heater hoses. They should be just as hot. If only the heater hoses are cool, suspect as plugged heater core. They can often be flushed out with a garden hose.

If the heater hoses are hot but you're still getting cool air, there is a problem with the controller in the van or with the temperature door actuator.

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Thursday, August 26th, 2010 AT 1:31 PM
Tiny
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Is there a way in which to manually open the actuator door and leave open permanently?
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Thursday, August 26th, 2010 AT 4:19 PM
Tiny
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Do you have electronic controls or mechanical slide levers? If you have levers, you can follow the cable to the door to see why it isn't moving. Can I assume the heater hoses are hot? If they are not, moving the temperature control door won't help.

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Thursday, August 26th, 2010 AT 4:49 PM
Tiny
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Sorry I didn't update you regarding your answer. Yes, all hoses are indeed hot when car is up to temp. Temp control is not mechanical (centrifugal w/no resistance).
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Friday, August 27th, 2010 AT 7:06 AM
Tiny
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It is more likely there is a problem with the HVAC computer controller. If you look under the dash you might be able to see some of the motorized actuators. (They could be electric or vacuum motors). You might be able to disconnect their linkages and move the door manually to see what changes. You can also try disconnecting the battery for a couple of minutes to see if that resets the computer. That is always one of the suggestions for solving a locked up computer but it doesn't actually solve the problem very often.

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Friday, August 27th, 2010 AT 3:36 PM

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