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Subaru Forester A/C and Heater Controls

The option to control cool and warm air in a car, SUV, or truck is a standard feature that offers you the ability to remain comfortable while driving. Subaru offers A/C and heater control options on all vehicle models that they produce, including the Subaru Forester. You can find a wide selection of replacement Subaru Forester A/C and heater controls to keep your climate control system in working order.

What indicates A/C controls are failing on a Subaru Forester?

Subaru designs all vehicle-control interface parts on their car and truck interiors in a way that offers minimum input for a variety of tasks. In the case of A/C controls on a Forester, this means that a failure can manifest in a variety of ways. Three things that can indicate that repair or replacement is needed on your Subaru Forester include:

  • Overheating of components - Overheating of parts in the A/C system, including the switch itself, can indicate that the control has malfunctioned on your Subaru Forester.
  • Settings not working properly - If settings do not work, or your A/C offers cool air intermittently, the control switch may need replacing on your Forester.
  • A/C compressor not working - If the compressor does not come on, it is possible that the switch may be broken on your vehicle.
Why is the A/C compressor running unnecessarily?

Subaru has designed the car climate controls in the Subaru Forester in a way that offers you the ability to maintain a comfortable cabin temperature through automatic settings. If the A/C compressor on your Subaru is operating when you do not require cooling, it is possible that the programmed temperature is set much lower than the outlet air temperature is. Base the temperature range of your cabin to more accurately reflect your needs during the time of fall and spring, when the weather during these months can fluctuate enough to cause this issue. If these adjustments do not work, this could indicate a problem with the climate control or compressor on your Subaru Forester.

Where are bulbs located in a 2004 Forester climate panel?

There are three bulbs used to light the climate-control panel on a 2004 Subaru Forester. These bulbs are located inside of the vehicle climate-control box that is inserted in the dash of your Subaru. Once this box has been removed from the dash, the wiring harnesses can be unplugged. The Subaru Forester climate-control box has four screws that secure the back plate in place. Once removed, unfasten the six clips along the top and bottom of the unit. Once the back panel is removed, you can access the lights without having to remove the circuit board. Once the bulbs are replaced, you can reverse the process to reinstall the climate controls in your Subaru Forester.