Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Grinnell Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system properly maintained! Of course, even the best of geothermal systems can experience an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In times like those, it’s nice to know the Grinnell pros at Latcham Enterprises are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you probably ought to peruse the following checklist – just to make sure the problem can’t, in fact, be corrected 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 case, 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 trigger 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 well maintained auto setting for the fan makes certain that it runs 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 happens more frequently than you’d suppose that the cause of a geothermal system crash is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a repercussion of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, regarding the sort of system you have – being for whatever reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If not, then no wonder you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where recurrent – and simple – self-executed system maintenance undeniably 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, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, and trim a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve run through the checklist, righted whatever needed righting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not running properly? Now would be a great time to call us. The pros at Latcham Enterprises have an aptitude for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as scores of harried Grinnell homeowners will confirm!