Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Denver Homeowners

We’ll lead with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you might not have to face any – if you keep your system well maintained! Nevertheless, even the finest of geothermal systems can develop an isolated hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s nice to know the Denver specialists at Sensible Heating & Cooling are here to help.

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

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Don’t feel much heat? Cool air not cool enough?  The problem could be as elementary as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the issue, reset it and see if that doesn’t do the trick.
  • 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 restart the heating system in Winter – or five degrees lower to restart the cooling system in Summer.
  • The Fan. A adequately maintained auto setting for the fan insures 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 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 the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, in accordance with the type of system you have – being somehow shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If they’re closed, well, then no wonder you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – DIY system maintenance undeniably proves its value! If you aren’t replacing 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 invading the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs skyrocketing, 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, corrected whatever needed correcting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still conked out? Now would be a great time to call us. The specialists at Sensible Heating & Cooling have a gift for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Denver homeowners will affirm!