Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Central New Jersey 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 shouldn’t be any – if you keep your system adequately maintained! That said, even the best of geothermal systems can succumb to a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s good to know the Central New Jersey experts at CMS Geothermal are here to help.

Before you pay us a visit, though, you may want to look over the following checklist – just to confirm that the problem can’t, in fact, be corrected without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Warm air not warming? Cool air not cooling?  The difficulty could be as elementary as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If so, reset it and see if that doesn’t put things right.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already achieved 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 sufficiently maintained auto setting for the fan makes sure it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system generally.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more frequently than you’d suppose that the cause of a geothermal system breakdown 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 for some reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then it makes sense that you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – DIY system maintenance truly proves its worth! 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 hobbled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates invading the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will interfere with 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 it takes, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, resolved whatever needed resolving, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still on the blink? Now would be a good time to call us. The pros at CMS Geothermal have a gift for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as scads of harried Central New Jersey homeowners will attest!