I had an 85 Caprice Wagon, and an '86 Buick Estate Wagon. This goes back a number of years, so it may not be precisely accurate, but the Buick did not have a vacuum operated HVAC system. It was operated by a number of electric motors, and position sensors. To be honest about it, it's a difficult system to repair. Newer systems are self-diagnostic, but this one is not. I had to go to a dealer and purchase a number of pages from the dealers manual in order to trouble-shoot it. I found a number of issues, and ended up going to a junkyard, and purchasing the entire under-dash system, and the on-dash controller. As I recall, I ended up replacing two motors and three sensors, and that "fixed"it for the remainder of the vehicle's life.
My only suggestion would be to try and find the door that deflects the air from the floor to the vents, and possibly the defroster, and replace that motor and sensor with another.