Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Portland, OR Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are celebrated for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you might not have to face any – if you keep your system well maintained! Of course, even the greatest of geothermal systems can come down with a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. On those occasions, it’s encouraging to know the Portland, OR pros at Total Energy Concepts are here to help.

Before you pay us a visit, though, you probably ought to peruse the following checklist – just to ensure that the problem can’t, in fact, be resolved without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Don’t feel much heat? Cool air not cool enough?  The problem could be as uncomplicated as having your thermostat set for the wrong season. If that’s the situation, 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 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 well maintained auto setting for the fan makes certain that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps improve the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more with more regularity than you’d suppose that the cause of a geothermal system crash is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, regarding the sort of system you have – being for whatever reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If not, then no wonder you’re not getting the warmth or the coolness you’re after!
  • The Filters. Here’s where a program of methodical – and simple – do-it-yourself system maintenance undeniably proves its merit! 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 getting into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will cut down air circulation, reduce the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs skyrocketing, and take a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. By any means necessary, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve gone through the checklist, righted whatever needed righting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still out of kilter? Now would be the right time to call us. The experts at Total Energy Concepts have a gift for fixing whatever might impair a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Portland, OR homeowners will certify!