Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Kearney Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you might not have to face any – if you keep your system sufficiently maintained! Nevertheless, even the finest of geothermal systems can fall prey to a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In times like those, it’s heartening to know the Kearney experts at Axmann Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help.

Before you call us, though, you might want to run through the following checklist – just to make sure 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 problem could be as straightforward as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the situation, reset it and see if that doesn’t take care of it.
  • 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 properly maintained auto setting for the fan makes sure it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases 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 think 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, regarding the kind of system you have – being for some reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If not, then it stands to reason you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where periodic – and simple – self-performed system maintenance definitely proves its value! If you aren’t changing 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 restrict air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs through the roof, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, fixed whatever needed fixing, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still malfunctioning? Now would be a good time to call us. The specialists at Axmann Heating & Air Conditioning have a gift for fixing whatever might impair a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Kearney homeowners will attest!