Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Rochester Homeowners

We’ll give you the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system adequately maintained! That said, even the best of geothermal systems can be afflicted with a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s nice to know the Rochester specialists at Van Hee Mechanical are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you probably ought to look over the following checklist – just to verify that the problem isn’t readily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Can’t get warm? Can’t cool off?  The difficulty could be as uncomplicated 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 been brought up to 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 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 sufficiently maintained auto setting for the fan assures that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps improve the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more with more regularity than you’d suppose that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a repercussion of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, depending on the kind of system you have – being for whatever reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If they’re closed, well, then no wonder you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where periodic – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance undeniably proves its worth! If you aren’t swapping out 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 getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs soaring, and trim 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 on the fritz? Now would be the right time to call us. The experts at Van Hee Mechanical have a knack for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as scads of harried Rochester homeowners will attest!