Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Kalkaska Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there won’t likely be any – if you keep your system adequately maintained! That said, even the best of geothermal systems can experience an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those rare occasions, it’s nice to know the Kalkaska experts at Kalkaska Pumbing & Heating Inc. are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you may want to go through the following checklist – just to ensure that the problem can’t, in fact, be taken care of without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air?  The trouble could be as straightforward 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 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 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 assures that it kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps improve the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more with more regularity than you’d expect that the cause of a geothermal system fail is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, as regards 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 it’s not at all surprising that you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – self-managed system maintenance undeniably 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 handicapped by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates invading the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will interfere with air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and slash a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By any means necessary, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, resolved whatever needed resolving, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not working properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The experts at Kalkaska Pumbing & Heating Inc. have a knack for fixing whatever might impair a geothermal system – as lots of harried Kalkaska homeowners will affirm!