Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Rochester Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are renowned for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system adequately maintained! That said, even the best of geothermal systems can develop an odd hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those rare occasions, it’s good to know the Rochester experts at Earth Energy Heating & Cooling Inc. are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you might want to look over the following checklist – just to confirm that the problem isn’t readily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  The problem could be as simple 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 trigger your geothermal system’s heat pump to start. 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 well maintained auto setting for the fan makes certain that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It proves true more often than you’d figure that the cause of a geothermal system crash is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, as regards 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 it stands to reason you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance undeniably proves its merit! If you aren’t swapping 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 hobbled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs skyrocketing, and cut a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever it takes, 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 conked out? Now would be the right time to call us. The specialists at Earth Energy Heating & Cooling Inc. have a talent for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Rochester homeowners will certify!