Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Denver Homeowners

We’ll open with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famed for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there likely won’t be any – if you keep your system sufficiently maintained! Still, even the greatest 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 Denver specialists at WaterFurnace are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you probably ought to go through the following checklist – just to verify that the problem can’t, in fact, be resolved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air?  The trouble 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 improve matters.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already reached the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t trigger your geothermal system’s heat pump to start. 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 sufficiently maintained auto setting for the fan makes sure it kicks in 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 proves true more with more regularity than you’d suppose that the cause of a geothermal system breakdown is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, regarding the kind of system you have – being for some reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If they’re closed, well, then it’s perfectly understandable why you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance really 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 hobbled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates working their way into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down 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 run through the checklist, corrected whatever needed correcting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not functioning properly? Now would be a great time to call us. The experts at WaterFurnace have a gift for fixing whatever might impair a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Denver homeowners will confirm!