3 Common Repairs for Geothermal Systems

Geothermal heating systems consist of a heat pump and pipes below the ground on your property, which draw upon the ambient temperatures of the earth itself to warm your home. Below the ground, the earth’s temperature doesn’t change, and that constant allows tubes full of liquid to facilitate a heat exchange and warm your home with it. Geothermal systems require a certain amount of land space, but they’re inexpensive to run and can save you a great deal of money on monthly heating costs. However, even though they are very reliable systems, you might occasionally need to schedule repairs with a reliable Frederick, MD heating contractor. Below are some common geothermal repairs:

  • Leaks: Leaks rarely happen within the tubing itself, since it’s underground and thus protected from most forms of damage. Refrigerant leaks in the heat pump inside your home are more common, however, and can severely restrict the efficiency of your unit. Sometimes, you will be able to see signs of the refrigerant leak, but more often, the signs will be more subtle: usually with higher energy bills signaling the system’s lost effectiveness.
  • Air Flow Problems: Just like with an air source heat pump, proper air flow speed is essential to effective heating. Air flow that is too fast will lead to inadequate heating, and air flow that is too slow will lead to hot and cold spots throughout your home. Your technician can check the air flow during your annual maintenance visit.
  • Thermostat Issues: As with any heating system, an inaccurate or malfunctioning thermostat can cause issues with your geothermal system. Make sure that your thermostat is set to “heat” and that it is turned up high enough to trigger your system. If those two things are not the issue, call a professional to take a look at your thermostat.

Larry & Sons Inc. can handle any geothermal issues you may have, as well as any other Frederick, MD heating service you need. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment!

Is Geothermal Energy Renewable? A Question From Waynecastle

Geothermal heating systems take heat from the ground and transfer it to your Waynecastle home. But how does this heat get into the ground in the first place? Conventional heating systems like furnaces use energy sources like oil or natural gas to generate heat. These energy sources are not renewable, and neither is electricity which is typically generated by burning coal or another non-renewable resource.

The renewable resources we usually think of first are solar and wind power. The sun, of course, will continue to shine and provide heat year in and year out whether we make use of it or not. Similarly, we cannot use up the wind. It will continue to blow no matter how many times it has blown before.

But what category does geothermal energy fit into exactly? Well, it is actually a renewable resource just like solar or wind energy. In fact, geothermal energy is a direct result of the sun’s heat relentlessly pounding the ground. The ground actually absorbs a considerable amount of the heat from the sun that reaches the earth every day, and that is the heat that your geothermal heating system is using to heat your home.

Of course, a geothermal heating system cannot run on geothermal energy alone. The indoor components of this heating system that keep the air flowing throughout your house must be powered by electricity. But the amount of energy needed to do this is much less than what you would need to use to run a furnace or other type of more conventional home heating system.

Over all, geothermal energy is an excellent and renewable source of energy. And once you have the heating system in place, you will need to spend very little to keep it up and running. It is an excellent option for many people, and can help to keep your home cool in the summer as well.

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