Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Manhattan Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there likely won’t be any – if you keep your system sufficiently maintained! That said, even the finest of geothermal systems can be afflicted with an odd hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s reassuring to know the Manhattan pros at Carlson Heating & AC, LLC 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 isn’t easily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  The trouble could be as elementary 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 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 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 ensures that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more with more regularity than you’d imagine that the cause of a geothermal system failure is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a repercussion of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, as regards the sort of system you have – being for whatever reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then no wonder you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where periodic – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance really 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 crippled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, and trim a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By all means, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve gone through the checklist, righted whatever needed righting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still on the fritz? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at Carlson Heating & AC, LLC have a knack for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Manhattan homeowners will attest!