Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Rochester Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are celebrated for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there ought not to be any – if you keep your system well maintained! That said, even the best of geothermal systems can be afflicted with an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In those instances, it’s good to know the Rochester experts at Gast Heating & Cooling Inc. are here to help.

Before you pay us a visit, though, you may want to peruse the following checklist – just to ensure that the problem can’t, in fact, be corrected without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Can’t get warm? Can’t cool off?  The problem could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the situation, reset it and see if that doesn’t fix things.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already reached the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t prompt 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 insures that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers 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 think that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a consequence of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, in accordance with the kind 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 enjoying the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance unquestionably proves its value! If you aren’t switching 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 hobbled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will restrict air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, 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, resolved whatever needed resolving, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still out of order? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at Gast Heating & Cooling Inc. have an aptitude for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Rochester homeowners will tell you!