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anemic heater - normal?

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I'll start by saying I always have very cold feet in the winter, and there's a cold concrete floor under my desk at work, so I'm in the habit of blasting hot air on my feet to warm them up in the car on the way home.

When I got my 2014 CT a few months ago in the spring I found that the heater didn't work at all -- it blew cold air. It was a chilly 5 hour drive home from the dealership. I brought it to my local later that week and they found a code that indicated a connector in the dash was disconnected. When they fixed that the heater started working.

Fast forward to this month when it's getting pretty wintery in Chicago (~20F). I'm finding that the heater never really heats up my toes like my old Civic did. The car warms up to a comfortable level but I don't reach a point where I have to turn the heat down. Even towards the end of my 30 minute commute, if I put the temp to 'max' and put my hand in the foot well, the air coming out feels warm but not hot.

Is this normal behavior for a CT? If it felt this way on a traditional car I'd be suspecting the thermostat was sticking partially open, but I know the hybrid has more complex heating systems. I wonder if a stop & go 30 minute city commute is never allowing the engine to get up to a temp that would properly cook my feet?
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I've never experienced this. I've always been able to get the heat way above what I need if I ever wanted to. 2014 CT here.
Ya I sure hope you get it fixed. That sounds like an annoying issue and definitely not normal.
I'd get a second opinion from another mechanic (one who isn't a Lexus dealer).
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