Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Lansing Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there ought not to be any – if you keep your system properly maintained! That said, even the greatest of geothermal systems can experience an odd hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s nice to know the Lansing experts at S&J Heating and Insulation, Inc. are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you might want to cast an eye on 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 problem could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If so, reset it and see if that doesn’t straighten things out.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already achieved 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 restart the heating system in Winter – or five degrees lower to restart the cooling system in Summer.
  • The Fan. A adequately maintained auto setting for the fan assures that 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 on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more often than you’d imagine that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction 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 for some reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If not, then it’s not at all surprising that you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where recurrent – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance definitely 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 infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, remedied whatever needed remedying, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still out of whack? Now would be the right time to call us. The specialists at S&J Heating and Insulation, Inc. have a knack for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Lansing homeowners will certify!