Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Knoxville Homeowners

The good news is, geothermal heating and cooling systems are acclaimed for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you might not have to face any – if you keep your system properly maintained! That said, even the best of geothermal systems can experience a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. In times like those, it’s nice to know the Knoxville experts at Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. are here to help.

Before you engage our services, though, you probably ought to cast an eye on the following checklist – just to ensure that the problem isn’t readily (and inexpensively!) solvable without us. :-)

Check …

  • The Thermostat’s Seasonal Setting. Not enough heat? Not enough cool air?  The problem could be as uncomplicated 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 achieved the warmth or coolness of the thermostat setting won’t prompt 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 insures that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump raises or lowers your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system on the whole.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It happens more frequently than you’d think 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 type of system you have – being for whatever reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then it’s perfectly understandable why you’re not enjoying the warmth or the coolness you seek!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – do-it-yourself 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 crippled by dust, dirt, and other airborne particulates working their way into the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will interfere with 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. Whatever it takes, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve run through the checklist, corrected whatever needed correcting, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still on the fritz? Now would be a swell time to call us. The specialists at Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. have a knack for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as plenty of harried Knoxville homeowners will affirm!