Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Central Homeowners

We’ll lead with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you might not have to face any – if you keep your system well maintained! Nevertheless, even the greatest of geothermal systems can be afflicted with a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s nice to know the Central specialists at Fairfield Heating & Cooling are here to help.

Before you engage our services, though, you may want to examine the following checklist – just to confirm that the problem can’t, in fact, be solved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air?  The problem 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 take care of it.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already attained 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 kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It proves true more often than you’d expect that the cause of a geothermal system failure 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 they’re closed, well, then no wonder you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where consistent – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance really proves its merit! If you aren’t replacing 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 infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will restrict air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase 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 run through the checklist, rectified whatever needed rectifying, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not functioning properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at Fairfield Heating & Cooling have a faculty for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as lots of harried Central homeowners will confirm!