Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Troubleshooting for Harried Long Island Homeowners

We’ll hit you with the good news first: geothermal heating and cooling systems are famous for their dependability, longevity, and ease of maintenance. The bad news? Well, you shouldn’t encounter any – if you keep your system adequately maintained! Of course, even the finest of geothermal systems can fall prey to a sporadic hiccup or, yes, even break down once in a blue moon. At such times, it’s good to know the Long Island specialists at ZBF Geothermal are here to help.

Before you call us, though, you might want to cast an eye on the following checklist – just to confirm that the problem can’t, in fact, be solved 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 that’s the issue, reset it and see if that doesn’t fix things.
  • The Thermostat’s Temperature Setting. A house that’s already reached 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 ensures that it operates whenever your geothermal heat pump cranks up or drops your home’s temperature. This helps boost the energy efficiency of your system overall.
  • The Circuit Breakers and Power Switch. It turns out more with more regularity than you’d figure that the cause of a geothermal system crash is nothing more than a blown fuse. Or a consequence of the power switch – indoors or outdoors, depending on the type of system you have – being for some reason shut off!
  • The Room Registers. Are your return grilles and supply registers open? If the answer’s no, then it’s not at all surprising that you’re not experienceing the warmth or the coolness you want!
  • The Filters. Here’s where regular – and simple – DIY system maintenance really proves its worth! 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 infiltrating the heat pump. A sufficient buildup will hinder air circulation, lessen the heating and cooling capability of the system, send your utility costs through the roof, and cut a few years off your heat pump’s lifetime. Whatever else you do, maintain your air filters!

Okay. So you’ve followed the checklist, fixed whatever needed fixing, and your geothermal heating and cooling system’s still malfunctioning? Now would be the right time to call us. The experts at ZBF Geothermal have a knack for fixing whatever might incapacitate a geothermal system – as lots of harried Long Island homeowners will certify!