Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Ord Homeowners

We’ll give you the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are celebrated for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you might not have to face any – if you keep your system properly maintained! Of course, even the best of geothermal systems can fall victim to a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s nice to know the Ord specialists at Wadas Inc. are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you may want to examine the following checklist – just to verify that the problem can’t, in fact, be corrected without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Can’t get warm? Can’t cool off?  The problem could be as elementary as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the case, reset it and see if that doesn’t improve matters.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already been brought up to 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 going again in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system going again in Summer^get the heating system running again in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system running again in Summer.
  • The Fan. A sufficiently maintained auto setting for the fan insures that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more often than you’d figure that the cause of a geothermal system failure is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a consequence of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, dependent upon the type 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 seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where periodic – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance really 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 interfere with air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and trim a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever it takes, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, resolved whatever needed resolving, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still malfunctioning? Now would be a good time to call us. The experts at Wadas Inc. have a knack for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as scores of harried Ord homeowners will attest!