Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Drives: 2016 Kia Sorento SX+ 3.3L V6 (red)
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how long for your Sorento to blow cold AC?
My Sorento seems to have trouble blowing ice cold air. It's been about 85 degrees here. When I start the car and drive off, I have the automatic climate control set to LOW. The AC button is lit ON. Even so, it takes maybe 5-10 minutes before the AC starts blowing cold air--while waiting for it to run cold, the air just feels more like bland neutral temp air (not cold, not warm...maybe very slightly cool, at best).
Weirdly, today, it was doing the neutral temp air until I pressed the "Rear AC" button out of desperation to see if that would help. Within about 10 seconds, the air coming out the vents was much colder. I then turned off the Rear AC button, and the air stayed at its much colder temp. Now, maybe that was just a coincidence, but I don't know.
I replaced the cabin air filter a couple weeks ago. Also, the car was just serviced not too long ago to, among other things, check out a weird sound coming occasionally from the vents...the sound seems to have something to do with the AC compressor, sort of a strangled whistling sound as if the compressor is in operation. The Kia dealership tested the AC and said everything's absolutely fine, no leaks.
Last summer, there was an AC hose leak. They fixed the leak and totally filled up the Freon. But they seem to feel that's not an issue now.
I'm at a loss...is this maybe just normal behaviour for it to take so long to run actual cold air? 10 minutes seems a little excessive.