Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Georgetown County Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famed for their trustworthiness, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, there won’t likely be any – if you keep your system properly maintained! That said, even the finest of geothermal systems can develop a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In those instances, it’s nice to know the Georgetown County specialists at Waccamaw Heating & Cooling are here to help.

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

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. No heat coming through? No cool air to speak of?  The difficulty could be as elementary 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 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 restart the heating system in Winter – or five degrees lower to restart the cooling system in Summer.
  • The Fan. A well maintained auto setting for the fan makes certain that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps improve the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more frequently than you’d imagine that the cause of a geothermal system malfunction is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or the result of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, in accordance with the kind of system you have – being for whatever reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If they’re closed, well, then it’s perfectly understandable why you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where consistent – and simple – self-performed system maintenance undeniably 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 hampered by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder 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. Whatever else you do, 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 on the fritz? Now would be a great time to call us. The experts at Waccamaw Heating & Cooling have a gift for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as scads of harried Georgetown County homeowners will affirm!