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So I bought a 2014 Volt recently and my auto climate control seems finicky.

For settings, I have it set to comfort mode and I have auto defog turned off.

Today it was 50 degrees out and I had the temp set to 70. Using my IR thermometer the interior of the car was about 60 degrees.

However, during the drive the heat icon stayed off almost the whole time. And interestingly, the ac icon would switch back and forth between off and on.

Now when I upped the temp to 72, things worked a lot better. The heat icon was on and noticably warm air was coming from the vents. Oddly the AC icon would still sometimes turn on briefly.

Is this just normal operation or is something up? I just find it weird that when it was set to 70 it basically did nothing but 72 warmed it up (mostly) as expected.

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So I bought a 2014 Volt recently and my auto climate control seems finicky.

For settings, I have it set to comfort mode and I have auto defog turned off.

Today it was 50 degrees out and I had the temp set to 70. Using my IR thermometer the interior of the car was about 60 degrees.

However, during the drive the heat icon stayed off almost the whole time. And interestingly, the ac icon would switch back and forth between off and on.

Now when I upped the temp to 72, things worked a lot better. The heat icon was on and noticably warm air was coming from the vents. Oddly the AC icon would still sometimes turn on briefly.

Is this just normal operation or is something up? I just find it weird that when it was set to 70 it basically did nothing but 72 warmed it up (mostly) as expected.

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The AC can come on anytime the Volt's temperature management system determines the battery requires additional cooling.

I have a Gen 2 but my experience with the climate control system in my Volt is similar. You have to set the climate control a few degrees higher than you think it should be to get the Volt's climate control system to switch on the electric heat. It could be the way the system is designed so that it maximizes efficiency. I just set the climate control to at least 73F and then all is good.
 

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Mine does the same. I hate it when it turns on SC because it gathers moisture and then when it turns off, the windshield gets foggy
 

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Yes, that is "normal" for a Volt. It has been discussed at length, and few owners are really happy with it. You have the correct settings. The AC runs a lot, which I think is in response to high humidity detected (even with auto defog turned off). I suspect it is the act of increasing the temperature setting by a couple of degrees that wakes up the heater and tells it you really want it to do something. The good news is that if you are willing to work with it a little, it can give you all the heat you need, one way or another.
 
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