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Volkswagen Tiguan Owners Manual: Air conditioner operation

Read and follow the introductory information and safety information firstIntroduction to the subject 

The air conditioner works only when the ignition is switched on. The cooling system for the passenger compartment works only when the engine is running and the fan is on.

The air conditioner is most efficient when the windows and the power sunroof are closed. If the vehicle is not moving and the passenger compartment becomes very hot due to sunlight, briefly opening the windows and the power sunroof may speed up the cooling process.

Keep the air intake slots in front of the windshield free of ice, snow and leaves so that the heating and ventilation systems can work properly.

Settings for optimum visibility

When you switch on the cooling system, both the temperature and humidity in the vehicle are reduced. This will help make passengers feel more comfortable and help keep the windows from fogging up.

For manual AC

  • Switch off air recirculation ⇒ Air recirculation .
  • Set fan to  1 or 2.
  • Turn the temperature knob to the center position.
  • Open and adjust all air vents in the instrument panel ⇒ Air vents .
  • Turn the air distribution knob to the desired setting.
  • Push  button to turn on the air conditioner. The indicator light in the button comes on.

For Climatronic

  • Press the button.
  • Set temperature to +72 °F (+22 °C).
  • Open and adjust all air vents in the instrument panel ⇒ Air vents .

Climatronic: Changing the temperature unit on the factory-installed Radio or Radio & Navigation system display

For vehicles with a Premium instrument cluster: The inside and outside temperatures can be displayed in either Fahrenheit (F) or Centigrade (C). Select Units

Press the  and buttons at the same time to toggle between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

For vehicles with a Premium instrument cluster: The inside and outside temperatures can be displayed in either Fahrenheit (F) or Centigrade (C). Select Units in the instrument cluster display using in the Settings main menu ⇒ Volkswagen Information System .

Heating

Maximum heating output and defrosting performance are not possible until the engine has reached operating temperature.

Air conditioner does not work

The air conditioner may not switch on for one of the following reasons:

  • The engine is not running.
  • The fan is switched off.
  • The air conditioner fuse has blown.
  • The outside air temperature is colder than about +38 °F (+3 °C).
  • The air conditioner compressor has been temporarily switched off due to excessive engine coolant temperature.
  • There is another malfunction in the vehicle. Have the air conditioner checked by an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

Special considerations

When it is very hot and humid outside, water condensation can drip from the air conditioner evaporator and form a puddle under the vehicle. This is normal and does not indicate a leak.

The climate control system adjusts the passenger compartment temperature as fast as possible considering the outside temperature.

Due to residual moisture in the air conditioner, the windshield may fog up after the engine is started. Switch on the windshield defroster to help evaporate the condensation as quickly as possible.

The air coming out of the vents flows through the passenger compartment and out through vents below the rear window. Do not cover these slots with clothing or other things.

    Controls
    Fig. 148 In the center console: Manual AC controls. Fig. 149 In the center console: Climatronic controls. Read and follow the introductory information and safety information first⇒Introducti ...

    Air vents
    Fig. 150 In the instrument panel: Air vents. Read and follow the introductory information and safety information first⇒Introduction to the subject Air vents To help ensure sufficient heati ...

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