Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried West Branch Homeowners

Here’s the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are widely recognized 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! Nevertheless, even the best of geothermal systems can fall prey to an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s nice to know the West Branch specialists at Nicholson Heating & Cooling are here to help.

Before you engage our services, though, you probably ought to examine the following checklist – just to make sure the problem isn’t easily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air?  The problem could be as uncomplicated as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the issue, reset it and see if that doesn’t improve matters.
  • 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 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 operates whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps improve the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more often than you’d think that the cause of a geothermal system fail is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a repercussion 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 makes sense that you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – self-managed system maintenance definitely 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 getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will interfere with air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs soaring, and slash a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By any means necessary, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, resolved whatever needed resolving, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still on the fritz? Now would be a great time to call us. The specialists at Nicholson Heating & Cooling have a flair for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as lots of harried West Branch homeowners will attest!