Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Reading Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are acclaimed for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there won’t likely be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Still, even the greatest of geothermal systems can experience an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those rare occasions, it’s good to know the Reading specialists at Paul W. Essig Inc. are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you probably ought to cast an eye on the following checklist – just to make sure 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 trouble could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If so, reset it and see if that doesn’t do the trick.
  • 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 going again in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system going again in Summer^get the heating system running again in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system running again in Summer.
  • The Fan. A adequately maintained auto setting for the fan makes sure it operates 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 proves true more with more regularity than you’d imagine that the cause of a geothermal system crash is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a product of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, dependent upon the kind of system you have – being for some reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then no wonder you’re not experienceing 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 hampered by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will interfere with air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, inflate your utility costs, and cut a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve gone through the checklist, corrected whatever needed correcting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not functioning properly? Now would be a good time to call us. The experts at Paul W. Essig Inc. have a knack for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Reading homeowners will attest!