Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Greater Cincinnati Homeowners

We’ll give you the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are acclaimed for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system well maintained! Nevertheless, 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 encouraging to know the Greater Cincinnati pros at Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you might want to examine the following checklist – just to make sure the problem can’t, in fact, be corrected without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Warm air not warming? Cool air not cooling?  The difficulty could be as elementary as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the issue, reset it and see if that doesn’t fix things.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already arrived at the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t start up 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 ensures that it kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more with more regularity than you’d expect that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a product of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, depending on the sort of system you have – being for some reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If they’re closed, well, then no wonder you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where recurrent – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance really proves its merit! 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 handicapped by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates working their way into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will interfere with air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, inflate 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 conked out? Now would be a good time to call us. The specialists at Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling have a faculty for fixing whatever might impair a geothermal system – as scads of harried Greater Cincinnati homeowners will certify!