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 finest 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 cast an eye on the following checklist – just to make sure the problem can’t, in fact, be resolved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Don’t feel much heat? Cool air not cool enough?  The problem could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the issue, reset it and see if that doesn’t improve matters.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already arrived at 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 get the heating system going again in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system going again in Summer^get the heating system running again in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system running again in Summer.
  • The Fan. A well 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 boost the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more frequently than you’d suppose that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, regarding 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 enjoying the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where recurrent – and simple – self-executed system maintenance truly proves its value! If you aren’t swapping 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 impeded by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates invading the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will restrict air circulation, reduce 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 on the fritz? 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 lots of harried Western Montana homeowners will affirm!