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, there shouldn’t be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Nevertheless, even the greatest of geothermal systems can be afflicted with an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s comforting to know the Central specialists at Fairfield Heating & Cooling are here to help.

Before you engage our services, though, you probably ought to cast an eye on the following checklist – just to verify that the problem can’t, in fact, be taken care of without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  The trouble could be as elementary as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the issue, reset it and see if that doesn’t improve matters.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already been brought up to 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 well 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 frequently 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, regarding the sort 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 it’s not at all surprising that you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where consistent – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance undeniably 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 getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs skyrocketing, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By all means, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve run through the checklist, corrected whatever needed correcting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not functioning properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The experts at Fairfield Heating & Cooling have a faculty for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as lots of harried Central homeowners will certify!