Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried West Chester Homeowners

We’ll give you the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are renowned for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system properly maintained! That said, even the finest of geothermal systems can fall prey to an odd hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In those instances, it’s good to know the West Chester experts at Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help.

Before you pay us a visit, though, you might want to cast an eye on the following checklist – just to verify that the problem can’t, in fact, be taken care of without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Can’t get warm? Can’t cool off?  The trouble could be as uncomplicated as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the situation, reset it and see if that doesn’t take care of it.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already been brought up to the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t set off your geothermal system’s heat pump. 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 well maintained auto setting for the fan assures that it kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps enhance the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It proves true more with more regularity than you’d suppose 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 sort 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 it makes sense that you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where periodic – and simple – self-performed system maintenance unquestionably 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 impeded by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates working their way into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, and slash 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 functioning properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning have an aptitude for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as plenty of harried West Chester homeowners will tell you!