Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Mt. Pleasant Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are famed for their reliability, 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 come down with an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s heartening to know the Mt. Pleasant pros at Moline Heating & Cooling are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you probably ought to examine the following checklist – just to confirm that the problem isn’t readily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Warm air not warming? Cool air not cooling?  The difficulty could be as uncomplicated 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 arrived at 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 makes sure it kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more frequently than you’d imagine that the cause of a geothermal system crash is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a consequence of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, depending on the kind 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 seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where consistent – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance undeniably proves its worth! 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 restrict air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs through the roof, and cut a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By all means, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, resolved whatever needed resolving, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still out of order? Now would be a great time to call us. The pros at Moline Heating & Cooling have an aptitude for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as lots of harried Mt. Pleasant homeowners will certify!