Is Your Geothermal System in Need of Repair?

Posted by Tom Vatter

In Florida, we certainly get our fair share of intense weather. Fortunately, we get a bit of a reprieve in the winter time. While other parts of the country are dealing with heavy snowstorms, frigid temperatures, and artic blasts, we are able to enjoy the outdoors for the most part. That doesn’t mean, however, that we can completely ignore our winter needs. A 43 degree night, after all, is going to be pretty miserable without a fully functioning heater.

Many Florida residents utilize geothermal heat pumps for their heating and cooling needs throughout the year. These are extremely reliable systems, and typically require very few repairs. However, no system is completely invincible, and you may find yourself in need of geothermal repairs at some time or another. Of course, you can reduce the chances of this occurring by scheduling annual maintenance. However, either way, it’s important to know the signs that your system is in trouble.

Signs of Geothermal Repair Needs

  • Loss of Heating Power

There are a number of reasons this might occur. Your evaporator coil can be dirty, or covered with ice an unable to absorb heat due to the insulation. You may have a mechanical problem located inside the cabinet. In most cases, the indoor heat pump elements of your geothermal system will require replacement far before the underground elements will, so you’ll likely needs repairs on this component before you do the loops.

  • Wet Spots on Your Lawn

It’s very rare that the ground loops of a geothermal system would spring a leak. However, it does sometimes happen, particularly if the loops are 50 years old or older. If you inherited your geothermal system with your home, it’s a good idea to find out how long ago the loops were installed.

Unlike other HVAC systems, geothermal heating and cooling units do not circulate refrigerant. Rather, they circulate water, or a water/antifreeze mixture, so when they leak, you may notice otherwise unexplainable wet spots on your lawn. If you notice this in combination with reduced heating power, then you need a professional to come in to inspect your system and assess if you need repairs.

For professional geothermal system repairs in Gulf Breeze, FL, contact Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. today! 

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