Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Central Virginia Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there won’t likely be any – if you keep your system adequately maintained! That said, even the greatest of geothermal systems can experience a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s nice to know the Central Virginia pros at Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you might want to examine the following checklist – just to confirm that the problem can’t, in fact, be taken care of without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  The problem could be as uncomplicated 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 start up your geothermal system’s heat pump. 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 assures that it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more frequently than you’d expect that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, dependent upon the sort of system you have – being somehow shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then no wonder you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where consistent – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance unquestionably proves its value! If you aren’t replacing 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 invading the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will limit air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and trim a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By all means, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, fixed whatever needed fixing, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still conked out? Now would be a swell time to call us. The experts at Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. have a faculty for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Central Virginia homeowners will attest!