Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Western Montana 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 well maintained! Still, even the greatest of geothermal systems can fall victim to an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s good to know the Western Montana specialists at Ground Source Systems, Inc. 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 resolved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Warm air not warming? Cool air not cooling?  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 take care of it.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already attained 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 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 runs whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more often 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, regarding the type 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’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where recurrent – and simple – self-executed system maintenance truly proves its worth! 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 hampered by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will restrict air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs skyrocketing, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By all means, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve gone through the checklist, righted whatever needed righting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not functioning properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at Ground Source Systems, Inc. have an aptitude for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as scores of harried Western Montana homeowners will tell you!