Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Northern Colorado Homeowners

We’ll lead with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are acclaimed for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you might not have to face any – if you keep your system properly maintained! That said, even the best of geothermal systems can fall victim to an odd hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In times like those, it’s nice to know the Northern Colorado specialists at Comfort By Nature are here to help.

Before you pick up the phone, though, you may want to peruse the following checklist – just to make sure the problem isn’t easily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Can’t get warm? Can’t cool off?  The difficulty 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 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 start up your geothermal system’s heat pump. 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 adequately maintained auto setting for the fan makes sure it kicks in whenever your geothermal heat pump increases or decreases your home’s temperature. This helps improve the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more frequently than you’d figure that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, regarding the sort of system you have – being somehow shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then no wonder you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – self-executed system maintenance definitely proves its merit! If you aren’t switching 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 infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, and slash a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever it takes, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve run through the checklist, rectified whatever needed rectifying, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still out of order? Now would be the right time to call us. The specialists at Comfort By Nature have a gift for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Northern Colorado homeowners will attest!