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 come down with a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In those instances, it’s good to know the Scranton specialists at Jim Lamberti Contracting Services, LLC are here to help.
Before you pay us a visit, though, you probably ought to peruse the following checklist – just to make sure the problem can’t, in fact, be corrected without us. :-)
- The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air? The problem could be as simple as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the case, reset it and see if that doesn’t put things right.
- 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 sufficiently 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 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 a consequence of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, dependent upon the type of system you have – being for some 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 experienceing the warmth or the coolness you want!
- 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 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, send your utility costs through the roof, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By all means, maintain your air filters!
Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, rectified whatever needed rectifying, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still not functioning properly? Now would be the right time to call us. The experts at Jim Lamberti Contracting Services, LLC have a faculty for fixing whatever might disable a geothermal system – as scores of harried Scranton homeowners will certify!