Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Northern Virginia Homeowners

We’ll lead with the good news: 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 finest of geothermal systems can experience an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s nice to know the Northern Virginia experts at Renewable Energy Solutions are here to help.

Before you call us, though, you probably ought to cast an eye on the following checklist – just to verify that the problem isn’t readily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Can’t get warm? Can’t cool off?  The trouble could be as uncomplicated as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If so, reset it and see if that doesn’t do the trick.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already been brought up to 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 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 makes certain that it kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases 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 suppose that the cause of a geothermal system failure is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a consequence 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 not, then no wonder you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance really proves its worth! If you aren’t switching 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 working their way into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs soaring, and trim a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By any means necessary, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve run through the checklist, righted whatever needed righting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still malfunctioning? Now would be the right time to call us. The specialists at Renewable Energy Solutions have a talent for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Northern Virginia homeowners will tell you!