Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Beckley Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there likely won’t be any – if you keep your system sufficiently maintained! Still, even the greatest of geothermal systems can come down with an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s encouraging to know the Beckley specialists at Appalachian Heating are here to help.

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

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  The problem could be as elementary as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If so, reset it and see if that doesn’t do the trick.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already been brought up to 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 properly maintained auto setting for the fan makes sure it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more frequently than you’d suppose that the cause of a geothermal system fail is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a product of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, dependent upon 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 experienceing the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – DIY system maintenance really 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 hobbled 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, send your utility costs through the roof, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve gone through the checklist, righted whatever needed righting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still on the blink? Now would be the right time to call us. The specialists at Appalachian Heating have a talent for fixing whatever might impair a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Beckley homeowners will attest!