Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Charleston Homeowners

We’ll open with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are widely recognized for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there won’t likely be any – if you keep your system sufficiently maintained! Nevertheless, even the greatest of geothermal systems can experience an odd hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those rare occasions, it’s heartening to know the Charleston pros at Custom Climate Heating & Air are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you might want to peruse the following checklist – just to ensure that the problem isn’t easily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air?  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 put things right.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already attained the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t set off your geothermal system’s heat pump. 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 properly maintained auto setting for the fan ensures that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It proves true 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, as regards the sort of system you have – being somehow shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If not, then no wonder you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where periodic – 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 limit 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 else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve run through the checklist, corrected whatever needed correcting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still conked out? Now would be a great time to call us. The experts at Custom Climate Heating & Air have a flair for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as scads of harried Charleston homeowners will tell you!