Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Columbus Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are famed for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system adequately maintained! Still, even the best of geothermal systems can come down with an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In those instances, it’s nice to know the Columbus specialists at Patriot Air Comfort Systems are here to help.

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

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air?  The difficulty could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the situation, reset it and see if that doesn’t do the trick.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already achieved 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 sufficiently maintained auto setting for the fan insures that it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps improve the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more frequently than you’d imagine that the cause of a geothermal system fail is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, depending on the type of system you have – being for some reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then it’s not at all surprising that you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where consistent – and simple – self-managed system maintenance definitely proves its worth! 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 hinder air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, and slash a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever it takes, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, fixed whatever needed fixing, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still malfunctioning? Now would be a swell time to call us. The specialists at Patriot Air Comfort Systems have a flair for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as scores of harried Columbus homeowners will affirm!