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When I turn the airconditioner on or the defrosters, the heater/airconditioning fuse blows? Any thoughts on where to start looking?

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Problem is in the a/c circuit. Any time the defrost is on the a/c compressor will cycle on & off as it is used to dehumidify the air directed to the windshield. That's why the fuse can blow even in defrost mode.

Unplug the power connector at the a/c compressor and see if the fuse still blows. If not, then with a dmm or vom test a/c clutch winding for short. If ok, then test clutch diode for short. The diode is usually mounted at the clutch winding, but I've seen Chevy's with a diode that plugs into fuse/relay block under the hood. I have replaced these so don't overlook it.

If fuse blows with compressor unplugged then first check circuit between compressor and a/c relay (power side) for a short. It's possible for the wire to rub a bare spot in the insulation along it's travel along the block, bracket or manifold to the compressor. If ok, then test from relay (winding side) back to switch.

Good luck.

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