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I have a Picanto which is 2 years old. I am not sure if there is a fault or if it is normal. When I put the A/C on without pressing the dedicated front windscreen button it is cold..... If I press the dedicated from windscreen button then the air that comes out of the vents by windscreen is warm even though the A/C is on. If I then press the windscreen button again to go back to using vents on dashboard it is then cold again this is with the temp set at 16. Is this normal? or should it be really cold when windscreen button is pressed?
 

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Hi Jaynie, welcome to the forum!

I think what you describe is probably normal. The 'dedicated front screen button' you refer to is intended for maximum defrosting / demisting of the windscreen, so it makes sense that the HVAC programming heats the air. When you just select the windscreen vents normally, it will just pump-out air at the same temperature as the the face and footwell vents.

At least, that's what I reckon based on my Proceed; I imagine KIA program their cars much the same. Hopefully a Picanto owner will be along so to confirm, or deny!
 
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I'll have a look tomorrow whilst I'm on my way for my second jab. Will report back. :geek:
 

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It's no different on my ceed. The dedicated front screen button is to demist/defrost, working on certain criteria, like switching on the screen heat element where relevant. On mine it also switches to full blower because that's the quickest way to demist.
 

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Thank you
Many apologies jaynie, I did forget. I've just realised your car has climate control and my Picanto does not, however my Skoda Fabia, which does have climate control, reacts in the same way the Kia's with climate control seem to. I think it's normal practice so the cold air is maximised on the windscreen.
 

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Hi Jaynie
I have a Picanto 1.0 Turbo GT-Line S with with climate control. Mine does the same.
I believe it is for quick demisting of the windscreen. Dry warm air demists the screen pretty quickly.
The owners manual goes very in depth on the climate control.
Hope this helps.
 

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Hello.

I can't see anything on the site - so far - about an A/C and heating issue we've been having with a Picanto

We have had it since 2018, but not used it that much in extreme temperatures. We realised an issue with winter freezing and the hot weather. Neither the heating or A/C work in any really noticeable way unless the blower is on 4 (not the ideal setting medium to long term) I asked Kia and they just wouldn't engage or even explain the relevant section in the manual (I can't find ours at the moment) I've asked the garage a number of times for some guidance - and they just want us to pay an £85 checking charge - booked in now..

It doesn't seem to be anything hidden in settings and every other car I've used works as expected so it still makes no sense, but may be a very simple answer. Does anyone know?

Thanks
 

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Hello.

I can't see anything on the site - so far - about an A/C and heating issue we've been having with a Picanto

We have had it since 2018, but not used it that much in extreme temperatures. We realised an issue with winter freezing and the hot weather. Neither the heating or A/C work in any really noticeable way unless the blower is on 4 (not the ideal setting medium to long term) I asked Kia and they just wouldn't engage or even explain the relevant section in the manual (I can't find ours at the moment) I've asked the garage a number of times for some guidance - and they just want us to pay an £85 checking charge - booked in now..

It doesn't seem to be anything hidden in settings and every other car I've used works as expected so it still makes no sense, but may be a very simple answer. Does anyone know?

Thanks
It sounds like you need a new cabin air filter as a first step. If it's blocked with debris it will prevent air either hot or cold, from entering the cabin. It's an easy 5 minute job.
 
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