what is the name of the vent that stops the heat from coming in when the ac is on?

Asked by Jul 03, 2017 at 06:28 PM about the 2004 BMW 6 Series 645Ci

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A car's air system works in only a couple of ways. Air Conditioners work by filtering and drawing air in from the outside and then running it through a system of tubes and hoses that cool the air before running it out of the vents inside your car. Heat is generated similarly, except that it draws in filtered air from outside and then runs the air over a heating coil (regulated by the engines cooling system...the radiator, coolant, etc.) before pumping it into your car. Alternatively, both systems can also recirculate the air inside the car, rather than draw the air in from outside. If you have heat coming through your vents with the AC on, you probably need your AC recharged or your AC needs to be serviced. Heated air from the engine shouldn't enter the vents or be felt inside the car, since the climate control system only draws air from outside the car or from inside the cabin.


Temperature door. It's located under the dash. HTH. -Jim

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