Geothermal heating and cooling systems are very energy efficient units. They are recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as clean, renewable sources of energy. This is due to the units’ environmentally friendly mechanisms that use the moderate underground temperatures that are naturally maintained 365 days a year. While the upfront installation costs can be high, they are still an excellent energy cost-saving investment for the long-term.
If your home has a geothermal HVAC system, you’re already gaining the benefit of using less energy to heat and cool your home, but if you want even more efficiency from your unit, try these simple DIY maintenance tips.
Each month you should check your unit’s filter. A dirty air filter allows bacteria, dust mites, dirt, pollen and micro debris to spread throughout your home. This can make allergies worse or cause discomfort for those with asthma or other lung-related illnesses. If you forget to change out your filter, or change it when it’s full of dust and debris, your unit will take longer to cool or heat your home.
Proper ventilation keeps air flowing through your house. It also keeps humidity and moisture at bay. If you enter a room and find it muggy, or see condensation on the windows, check the vents. If they’re closed, open them, then clean the vents by vacuuming out any dust, dirt or debris. Move all furniture to the side of the vents to avoid allow better airflow into the room. For any accumulated grime, use a damp cloth to wash it away.
Regularly inspect your cooling unit’s condensation pan. If you see standing water, there may be blockage in the drain. To clear the cooling system’s drain, try running a diluted bleach solution through it and use a damp cloth to clean around the end. If it’s still clogged, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling for assistance.
If you notice any brown, yellow, white, green or black buildup at the bottom of the air handler, this could be mold or algae. This is another sign the condensation pipe isn’t draining properly. Clean the area with the diluted bleach solution and check the area again in a few days. If it still appears to be clogged, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. One of our technicians will help unclog the drain for you.
Our trained and experienced service technicians will work on your geothermal system to perform regular maintenance each year. Call us today to perform routine maintenance on your unit. We’ll inspect it inside and out, check the refrigerant levels and electrical connections, and we’ll check out, maintain, repair or replace any aging, broken or worn internal or external components.
Despite your best efforts, components age and require repair or replacement. Hoses crack, belts fray, drains get clogged and even foundations can become unsettled. If you’re not sure whether your geothermal HVAC system is in good condition, look out for the following symptoms.
Part of what makes a geothermic air conditioner and heater unit so great is its ability to pull warmer air in the winter and cooler air in the summer from the ground. Many residential systems have what’s called a ground loop system to help reach the earth’s moderate temperatures. But when the pressure falls out of range, it stops working efficiently and suddenly your home is much warmer or colder than the thermostat is set to. The only way to get your pressure back up to normal range is to call a professional to work on the system. Call Waterbury Heating & Cooling at (605) 338-2692 and one of our experienced technicians will come fix the component that helps facilitate heat transfer.
The geothermal system’s display can tell you when something is wrong. The user manual will identify what specific messages and codes mean, but if you are unable to clear the error code or fix the issue, call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Our knowledgeable technicians will diagnose the problem and make the appropriate repairs, replacements or adjustments.
You can hear your air conditioner running but when you place a hand over your vent, you can’t feel anything. Alternatively, in the summer, you can only feel warm or hot air moving through. You can try to open your vents or clean them out, but when that doesn’t produce air, it’s time to call Waterbury Heating & Cooling. And if only hot air moves through the vents (in the summer), you definitely need to speak to one of our specialists. Our technicians will inspect the unit for clogged ducts, leaks and blower issues.
The igniter in your system is like the pilot light in older furnaces. Its function is to allow your system to blow hot air. There can be several reasons the flame doesn’t hold. It can be from soot, broken or old elements or a damaged limit switch. Regardless of reason, our experienced and friendly technicians are happy to get that light going again.
While it’s normal to hear the rushing of air through your vents, banging, grating or squealing sounds are signs of damaged components. It can be anything from a fraying or misaligned belt to dry parts that require more oil. Call Waterbury Cooling & Heating to inspect the HVAC system and make the appropriate repairs.
When you turn on your system, you shouldn’t smell anything. If it suddenly stinks like mushrooms, or there’s a musty smell, an odor like something is rotting or a burning stench, there could be mold, a dead animal in the ducts or an electrical problem.To fix these issues, you need a professional so contact Waterbury Heating & Cooling. Only a technician is qualified to accurately identify the problem and find a solution. If you smell anything unusual, do not waste time. Call us immediately so we can repair the problem before it grows into an expensive, time-intensive fix.
At Waterbury Heating & Cooling, we believe you and your family deserve to be comfortable all year round. So, if you live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota or Brandon, Harrisburg, and Tea, and your geothermal HVAC system is giving you trouble, give us a call. When your heating and cooling unit needs to be serviced or replaced, schedule an appointment with one of our professional, friendly and knowledgeable technicians. We offer services and repairs, as well as the installation of several products, including furnaces, geothermal systems, thermostats, boilers, air conditioners, heat pumps, garage heaters, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and more.
Call Waterbury Heating & Cooling today at (605) 338-2692, you can trust us to take care of all your HVAC needs!