Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Kansas City Homeowners

Here’s 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 sufficiently maintained! Of course, even the greatest of geothermal systems can be afflicted with an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s encouraging to know the Kansas City pros at ECS Geothermal, Inc are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you might want to look over 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 difficulty could be as straightforward 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 reached the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t trigger 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 properly maintained auto setting for the fan ensures that it kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more with more regularity than you’d expect 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, in accordance with 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 no wonder you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – self-managed system maintenance unquestionably proves its merit! 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 hobbled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will limit air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs skyrocketing, and trim a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever it takes, 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 experts at ECS Geothermal, Inc have a gift for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Kansas City homeowners will confirm!