Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Defiance Homeowners

We’ll open with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there shouldn’t be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Of course, even the greatest of geothermal systems can develop a random hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s comforting to know the Defiance specialists at Schlatters Plumbing Heating & AC are here to help.

Before you call us, though, you probably ought to look over the following checklist – just to verify that the problem can’t, in fact, be solved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  The difficulty could be as straightforward as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If so, reset it and see if that doesn’t straighten things out.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already been brought up to the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t prompt your geothermal system’s heat pump to start. 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 adequately maintained auto setting for the fan assures 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 overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It proves true more often than you’d expect that the cause of a geothermal system breakdown is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a repercussion 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 stands to reason you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – self-executed system maintenance definitely proves its worth! 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 crippled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates working their way into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, 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 the right time to call us. The experts at Schlatters Plumbing Heating & AC have a talent for fixing whatever might impair a geothermal system – as lots of harried Defiance homeowners will tell you!