Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried New Jersey Homeowners

Here’s the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are acclaimed for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there likely won’t be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Of course, even the finest of geothermal systems can be afflicted with an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In those instances, it’s good to know the New Jersey experts at Energy Smarts Mechanical are here to help.

Before you engage our services, though, you probably ought to look over the following checklist – just to make sure the problem can’t, in fact, be taken care of without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Don’t feel much heat? Cool air not cool enough?  The trouble could be as simple 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 arrived at 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 well maintained auto setting for the fan makes certain 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 proves true more with more regularity than you’d figure 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, dependent upon the sort 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 enjoying the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where periodic – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance undeniably 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 infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will limit air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, inflate your utility costs, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, fixed whatever needed fixing, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not functioning properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The specialists at Energy Smarts Mechanical have a faculty for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as plenty of harried New Jersey homeowners will verify!