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Old 03-14-2010, 10:56 AM
 
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Does anyone else have a unit that blows out cold air instead of warm? What could be the problem? I am in an apartment and have asked them to take a look but they insist the unit is functioning just fine. I'm getting cold air blowing on me and if I turn it up it just kicks on more often. I think something is still wrong.
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:26 PM
 
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Does anyone else have a unit that blows out cold air instead of warm? What could be the problem? I am in an apartment and have asked them to take a look but they insist the unit is functioning just fine. I'm getting cold air blowing on me and if I turn it up it just kicks on more often. I think something is still wrong.
If you never get a temp. rise then agreed, sounds like a service call is in order by a certified/qualified technician for the geothermal system, not the complex maint. man.

Since you are in a rental situation you may have to chart the temperature in your unit to prove to the landlord that there is a problem. Otherwise, the technician should be able to prove via the rise in temp. that there is no problem.

If you were used to the hot air blowing from a forced air/gas system before I will tell you that it is not the same and electric geothermal takes longer to heat up if you have turned down your thermostat when out of your home. At least, that has been my experience.

Good luck.
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Old 03-15-2010, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Does anyone else have a unit that blows out cold air instead of warm? What could be the problem? I am in an apartment and have asked them to take a look but they insist the unit is functioning just fine. I'm getting cold air blowing on me and if I turn it up it just kicks on more often. I think something is still wrong.
Depending on the unit, the air coming out of the register may or may not feel particularly warm to your skin, the question is, when you set your thermostat, will the unit bring temperature up to your setpoint or not?

If it's heating the place, you are getting heat for a very low cost, it has nothing to do with how the air coming out of the register feels to your skin.

As we say in the car game - the "butt dyno" lies.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:35 PM
 
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THe Gothermal system is not working. THe whole purpose of a geothermal system is to be able to use the earth as a heat dump/sink. Either the Geothermal system never worked in the heat pump mode or never worked well, which means it was incorrectly installed.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:43 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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We have had geothermal for 18 years, and we are happy with it. If you are putting your hand over the vent and it feels cold, that's the way it is. It does not blow air that feels hot from the vent. All I can tell you is relax.
If you really think it's malfunctioning, get a thermometer and record the temperature of your apartment over a period of time.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Galloway, NJ
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Default Geothermal vent temerature

Geothermal system is a gradual form of heating, there is no instant blast of hot air when you turn the system on like a Gas or Oil based systems. So long as it maintains the desired temperature in your house, don't be worry about what the air coming out of the registers feels like. It should feel like luke warm air. Also don't turn the system down at night or when your not home, the recovery times are much longer than a Oil or Gas system, and you lose a lot of your savings if the auxiliary heat kicks on. You far better off just leaving the system at one set temperature. If you have a geothermal system and the air feels warm coming out of the vents, be very concerned, it usually means the auxiliary heat is on which is a lot more expensive to operate.
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