The Complications Of Geothermal Air Conditioning Repair: What You Can Do To Make Future Repairs Easier
Geothermal air conditioning rarely breaks down, but when it does, it is very costly to fix. The problem with this type of air conditioning repair job is that most of the functional components are located underground, which requires digging up the customer’s yard to find the problem and repair it. You may not be very comfortable with having your landscape torn up, despite the fact that you really have enjoyed the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling. There are some alternative solutions to the usual torn-up yards and geothermal repairs.
Geothermal Pumps with Diagnostic Control Boards
Since your HVAC contractor has to unearth the system before finding the problem, you might wish to purchase geothermal pumps with diagnostic control boards. The diagnostic boards fend off these complications in the future. This option allows you to read the diagnostic panel and then the contractor does not have to dig up the entire system. He or she would only have to unearth the section that needs repair.
Replacing the Horizontal “Loop” with a Vertical One
If there is no way around it and you have to dig up your yard to repair or replace some part of the heating and cooling loop, you may want to replace your horizontal loop with a vertical one. A horizontal loop has to be buried six feet down and almost twice as many feet straight out from the house. A vertical loop is a straight ten feet down with no yard damage extending outward. That way, if the vertical loop ever has a problem and you need a contractor to come out and fix it, you only have to dig down, not down and out.
Using a Hybrid System Instead of Just Geothermal by Itself
If you are using only a geothermal system, it makes sense that you would want to continue using just this system. However, repairs to the geothermal system are almost non-existent when you utilize a hybrid, or mix, of traditional heating and cooling systems with geothermal systems. The traditional forced air system, which typically runs on electricity, takes the brunt of the energy needed to keep your home cool or warm. You do not have to use the traditional system all of the time, but the occasional use gives your geothermal system a much-needed break. It also helps to have a backup system when your geothermal system suddenly stops running or does not function effectively.