Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Scranton Homeowners

We’ll give you the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are widely recognized for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there likely won’t be any – if you keep your system well maintained! Nevertheless, even the greatest of geothermal systems can experience an occasional hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In those instances, it’s nice to know the Scranton specialists at Jim Lamberti Contracting Services, LLC are here to help.

Prior to calling us, though, you probably ought to look over 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 simple 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 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 properly maintained auto setting for the fan assures that it runs whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps improve 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 somehow shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If they’re closed, well, then it’s not at all surprising that you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance undeniably proves its value! 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 impeded by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will limit air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, increase your utility costs, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By all means, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve gone through the checklist, rectified whatever needed rectifying, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still on the fritz? Now would be a great time to call us. The experts at Jim Lamberti Contracting Services, LLC have a knack for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as lots of harried Scranton homeowners will certify!