The heater and air conditioner in your vehicle is a complex assembly that is made up of different parts. When any of these parts fails, you'll have a problem regulating the temperature inside your ride. One of the parts susceptible to failure in your car's heating and air conditioning unit is the A/C and heater control, that unit which is made up of dials and buttons used to regulate cooling and heating in your vehicle. It can fail because of various reasons, among which are:
- Abuse. Improper use of the unit can soon cause the knob or buttons to become damaged.
- Impacts. Shocks can cause breakage or cracking of the part.
- Normal wear and tear. After years of use, the unit can succumb to malfunction.
No matter what the reason behind the failure of the A/C & heater control unit in your vehicle, it is important that you replace it. There are many replacement choices in the market, and you can even find OE parts that can work like the original part in your auto. All you need to do is choose the right one. So what are your choices?
All A/C & heater control units work much the same way, but they differ in their external design, primarily in the design of the switch built into them. There are generally three types of switch:
This is a rounded dial that you simply have to turn to control the settings in your air conditioner and heater. For instance, you can turn the dial to a certain number in order to control the speed of the blower or fan. This is pretty easy to use and is ideal if you want a traditional look on your dash.
Just like the name implies, this unit is made up of buttons that you simply have to press to control the operation of the heater and air conditioner. The advantage of this type of switch is the convenience by which it can be used-it doesn't require much effort to operate.
This type of switch involves the use of a small handle that you move up to down, or left to right, and then back, in order to get the desired temperature settings in your vehicle. The advantage with this type of switch is the versatility by which it can be adjusted.
Some A/C & heater control units come with a combination of switches (such as a unit with lever and button switches). When doing your shopping, we recommend that you check which part is compatible with your vehicle and which looks best for your interior.