Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Homeowners

We’ll open with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are widely recognized for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there shouldn’t be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Of course, even the best of geothermal systems can develop an isolated hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s good to know the experts at Geothermal North are here to help.

Before you engage our services, though, you probably ought to examine the following checklist – just to make sure the problem can’t, in fact, be solved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Warm air not warming? Cool air not cooling?  The trouble could be as uncomplicated as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the issue, reset it and see if that doesn’t fix things.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already reached the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t trigger your geothermal system’s heat pump to start. Try setting the thermostat five degrees higher to restart the heating system in Winter – or five degrees lower to restart the cooling system in Summer.
  • The Fan. A properly maintained auto setting for the fan makes sure it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more frequently than you’d imagine that the cause of a geothermal system fail is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, in accordance with the type of system you have – being for whatever reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then it makes sense that you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where recurrent – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance really proves its merit! If you aren’t switching out disposable air filters every three months, or vacuum-cleaning permanent filters every one to three months, your geothermal heating and cooling system may well be handicapped by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates invading the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will interfere with air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs skyrocketing, and slash a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By any means necessary, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve gone through the checklist, rectified whatever needed rectifying, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not working properly? Now would be a great time to call us. The pros at Geothermal North have a talent for fixing whatever might impair a geothermal system – as plenty of harried homeowners will tell you!