Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Southwest Michigan Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous 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! Still, even the greatest of geothermal systems can develop an odd hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In those instances, it’s nice to know the Southwest Michigan specialists at WaterFurnace Michiana are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you may want to cast an eye on the following checklist – just to make sure the problem can’t, in fact, be taken care of without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Can’t get warm? Can’t cool off?  The problem could be as straightforward 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 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 properly maintained auto setting for the fan makes sure it kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps boost 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 the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, depending on the type of system you have – being for whatever reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If not, then it stands to reason you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – DIY system maintenance unquestionably proves its value! 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 crippled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates invading the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will restrict air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs soaring, and slash 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, remedied whatever needed remedying, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not functioning properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at WaterFurnace Michiana have a faculty for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as scads of harried Southwest Michigan homeowners will tell you!