Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Pittsburgh Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there shouldn’t be any – if you keep your system properly maintained! Of course, even the greatest of geothermal systems can develop an isolated hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s good to know the Pittsburgh specialists at E & D Company HVAC LLC are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you might want to cast an eye on the following checklist – just to ensure that the problem isn’t easily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  The difficulty could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the case, reset it and see if that doesn’t fix things.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already attained 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 get the heating system restarted in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system restarted 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 boost the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more with more regularity than you’d figure 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, dependent upon the type 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 makes sense that you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • 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 handicapped by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, inflate your utility costs, and trim a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve run through the checklist, corrected whatever needed correcting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still malfunctioning? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at E & D Company HVAC LLC have a faculty for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as lots of harried Pittsburgh homeowners will attest!