Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Tennessee Valley Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are acclaimed for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system well maintained! That said, even the finest of geothermal systems can develop an odd hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those rare occasions, it’s nice to know the Tennessee Valley pros at Southern Solar Systems are here to help.

Before you call us, though, you probably ought to look over the following checklist – just to make sure the problem isn’t easily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Warm air not warming? Cool air not cooling?  The difficulty could be as simple 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 trigger your geothermal system’s heat pump to start. 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 operates whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more with more regularity than you’d think 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, as regards the type 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 enjoying the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – self-managed system maintenance definitely proves its merit! 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 impeded by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder 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 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 not running properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The experts at Southern Solar Systems have a gift for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as scores of harried Tennessee Valley homeowners will certify!