Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Western North Carolina Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are renowned for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there won’t likely be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Nevertheless, 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 Western North Carolina specialists at Bullman Heating & Air are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you probably ought to go through the following checklist – just to confirm that the problem isn’t readily (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 that’s the issue, reset it and see if that doesn’t take care of it.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already reached 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 restarted in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system restarted in Summer.
  • The Fan. A properly maintained auto setting for the fan ensures that it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps improve the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more with more regularity than you’d expect that the cause of a geothermal system crash is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a consequence of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, depending on the sort of system you have – being somehow shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If they’re closed, well, then no wonder you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where consistent – and simple – DIY system maintenance undeniably proves its worth! 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 invading the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will interfere with air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By all means, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve gone through the checklist, corrected whatever needed correcting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still on the fritz? Now would be the right time to call us. The specialists at Bullman Heating & Air have an aptitude for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Western North Carolina homeowners will affirm!