Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Columbus Homeowners

We’ll lead with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are widely recognized for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system adequately maintained! Still, even the greatest of geothermal systems can succumb to an isolated hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s encouraging to know the Columbus pros at Hottinger Geothermal are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you probably ought to peruse the following checklist – just to make sure the problem can’t, in fact, be taken care of without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  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 straighten things out.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already achieved 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 restart the heating system in Winter – or five degrees lower to restart the cooling system in Summer.
  • The Fan. A well maintained auto setting for the fan ensures that it operates 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 happens more with more regularity than you’d think that the cause of a geothermal system failure is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, dependent upon 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 seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance really proves its merit! 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 handicapped by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, and cut a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever it takes, 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 pros at Hottinger Geothermal have a gift for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as scads of harried Columbus homeowners will confirm!