Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Des Moines Homeowners

We’ll give you the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there ought not to be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Of course, even the best of geothermal systems can be afflicted with a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s good to know the Des Moines experts at Sherman Co. LLC are here to help.

Before you call us, though, you probably ought to look over the following checklist – just to verify that the problem can’t, in fact, be resolved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air?  The trouble 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 improve matters.
  • 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 well maintained auto setting for the fan insures that it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more with more regularity than you’d think 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, dependent upon the kind 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 no wonder you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – DIY system maintenance unquestionably proves its worth! If you aren’t changing 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 restrict air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, raise your utility costs, and cut a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever it takes, 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 not working properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The pros at Sherman Co. LLC have a flair for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as scads of harried Des Moines homeowners will affirm!