Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Van Buren Homeowners

We’ll start with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are renowned for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system properly maintained! Still, even the greatest of geothermal systems can be afflicted with an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In times like those, it’s nice to know the Van Buren pros at American Energy Guard are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you may want to look over the following checklist – just to verify that 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 problem could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the situation, reset it and see if that doesn’t take care of it.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already been brought up to the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t start up your geothermal system’s heat pump. Try setting the thermostat five degrees higher to get the heating system restarted in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system restarted in Summer.
  • The Fan. A sufficiently maintained auto setting for the fan insures that it kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more frequently than you’d think that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a consequence of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, regarding the type of system you have – being somehow 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 enjoying the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where recurrent – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance really proves its worth! If you aren’t swapping 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 hobbled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will limit air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, inflate your utility costs, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, remedied whatever needed remedying, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still on the fritz? Now would be a swell time to call us. The experts at American Energy Guard have an aptitude for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as lots of harried Van Buren homeowners will attest!