Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Big Rapids Homeowners

The good news is, 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 properly maintained! Of course, even the best of geothermal systems can fall prey to an isolated hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those rare occasions, it’s nice to know the Big Rapids pros at Stratz Heating & Cooling, Inc. are here to help.

Before you call us, though, you might want to examine the following checklist – just to make sure the problem isn’t easily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Warm air not warming? Cool air not cooling?  The difficulty could be as elementary as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the issue, reset it and see if that doesn’t fix things.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already arrived at the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t set off 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 adequately maintained auto setting for the fan assures that it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more often than you’d imagine 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, as regards the kind of system you have – being somehow shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then it’s perfectly understandable why you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where recurrent – and simple – DIY system maintenance unquestionably proves its worth! 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 hobbled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates working their way into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By any means necessary, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, rectified whatever needed rectifying, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not functioning properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at Stratz Heating & Cooling, Inc. have a talent for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as scads of harried Big Rapids homeowners will attest!