Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Columbia Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you might not have to face any – if you keep your system well maintained! Still, even the best of geothermal systems can fall prey to an odd hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In times like those, it’s nice to know the Columbia specialists at WaterFurnace are here to help.

Before you pay us a visit, though, you might want to examine the following checklist – just to confirm that the problem can’t, in fact, be resolved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Can’t get warm? Can’t cool off?  The difficulty could be as elementary as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If so, reset it and see if that doesn’t put things right.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already been brought up to the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t set off your geothermal system’s heat pump. 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 adequately maintained auto setting for the fan assures that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps improve the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more frequently than you’d think 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, depending on the sort of system you have – being somehow 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’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where consistent – and simple – self-managed system maintenance definitely 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 invading the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will restrict air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs soaring, and cut a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By any means necessary, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, resolved whatever needed resolving, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still conked out? Now would be a good time to call us. The specialists at WaterFurnace have a faculty for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as lots of harried Columbia homeowners will attest!