Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Annapolis Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are renowned for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system properly maintained! That said, even the finest of geothermal systems can fall prey to an isolated hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s nice to know the Annapolis specialists at Continental Services are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you probably ought 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. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  The trouble could be as elementary 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 been brought up to 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 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 makes sure it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out 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, dependent upon the kind of system you have – being somehow shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If not, then no wonder you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where periodic – and simple – self-managed system maintenance truly proves its value! If you aren’t changing 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, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, and cut 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 malfunctioning? Now would be a swell time to call us. The experts at Continental Services have a knack for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as lots of harried Annapolis homeowners will affirm!