Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Bloomington 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 well maintained! That said, even the greatest of geothermal systems can develop an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In those instances, it’s good to know the Bloomington pros at Quality HVAC are here to help.

Before you engage our services, though, you probably ought to cast an eye on the following checklist – just to ensure that the problem isn’t readily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air?  The difficulty could be as uncomplicated as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the situation, reset it and see if that doesn’t improve matters.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already reached 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 well maintained auto setting for the fan insures that it kicks in 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 proves true more with more regularity than you’d suppose 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 somehow shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If not, then it makes sense that you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – self-performed system maintenance unquestionably proves its value! 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 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, send your utility costs through the roof, and slash 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 not running properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at Quality HVAC have a flair for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as scores of harried Bloomington homeowners will affirm!