Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Knoxville Homeowners

We’ll start with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are celebrated for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there ought not to be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Nevertheless, even the finest of geothermal systems can develop a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those rare occasions, it’s nice to know the Knoxville specialists at Smith and Associates Geothermal are here to help.

Before you call us, though, you might want 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. Warm air not warming? Cool air not cooling?  The trouble 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 take care of it.
  • 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 properly maintained auto setting for the fan makes sure it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more often than you’d suppose that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a product 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 not, then it’s perfectly understandable why you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where consistent – and simple – self-managed system maintenance definitely 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 impeded by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will restrict air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By any means necessary, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, resolved whatever needed resolving, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still conked out? Now would be a swell time to call us. The specialists at Smith and Associates Geothermal have a faculty for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as scads of harried Knoxville homeowners will verify!