Originally Posted by oilspot
I'm pretty frustrated with the HVAC design. I cannot control when the a/c runs unless I take it out of auto. Every other vehicle I've owned has let me control the a/c independent of Auto setting. This makes really hard for me to turn the a/c off a few miles from home and dry off the coils. Nothing grows mold better than damp a/c coils in a warm garage. We get a funky smell in our AC as well. I changed the pollen filter and unfortunately the smell was still there. I don't like to spray perfumes because they trigger my allergies, but I have tried AC fresh in another vehicle. The trick is spraying the coils...
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For what it's worth, even with independent controls, most modern systems will still utilize the AC system to control humidity even when the AC is turned off.
My F150 did that and I never had any issues with mold or smells, even after several years of parking in a humid, hot garage in the summer.
If you're having issues with mold and/or smells, that's a design specific issue. Otherwise, every vehicle made in the last decade would have the problem.
For what it's worth, I haven't noticed any smells in my Jeep.
Originally Posted by bofa
Agreed. I'm not a fan of the auto settings at all. Not sure why it always feels the need to run at such a high blower setting but if you change anything it turns auto off.
This I agree with.
It seems like the vehicle has no idea there are low settings for everything, including the heated seats. The result is, everything comes on in high mode, regardless of need.