Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Traverse City Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famed for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system adequately maintained! Of course, even the best of geothermal systems can experience an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s reassuring to know the Traverse City pros at D&W Mechanical are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you may want to look over the following checklist – just to make sure the problem can’t, in fact, be resolved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Warm air not warming? Cool air not cooling?  The problem could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the situation, reset it and see if that doesn’t fix things.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already been brought up to 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 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 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 boost the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It proves true more often than you’d expect that the cause of a geothermal system crash is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a product of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, depending on the type of system you have – being for some reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then it stands to reason you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – DIY system maintenance unquestionably proves its merit! 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 impeded by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and trim a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By any means necessary, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve gone through the checklist, corrected whatever needed correcting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not working properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The specialists at D&W Mechanical have a knack for fixing whatever might impair a geothermal system – as lots of harried Traverse City homeowners will tell you!