Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Alaska Homeowners

We’ll open with the good news: geothermal heating and cooling systems are acclaimed for their reliability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there likely won’t be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Of course, even the greatest of geothermal systems can be afflicted with a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those rare occasions, it’s heartening to know the Alaska experts at Energy Efficiency Associates are here to help.

Before you call us, though, you probably ought 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. Can’t get warm? Can’t cool off?  The trouble could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If so, reset it and see if that doesn’t straighten things out.
  • 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 restarted in Winter – or five degrees lower to get the cooling system restarted in Summer.
  • The Fan. A adequately maintained auto setting for the fan insures 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 generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more with more regularity than you’d think that the cause of a geothermal system fail is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, depending on the kind of system you have – being for whatever reason 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 want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – DIY system maintenance undeniably proves its worth! 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 working their way into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down air circulation, lower the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and slash a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve run through the checklist, righted whatever needed righting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still conked out? Now would be a good time to call us. The specialists at Energy Efficiency Associates have a knack for fixing whatever might hobble a geothermal system – as lots of harried Alaska homeowners will affirm!