Ok guys, I'm hoping someone can help me as I'm at the end of my rope here. I bought a house about 2 years ago. The house was WAY out of my price range. FLW inspired house on 5 acres of pristine woodland, with a river as one boundry. about 6Ksqft, and all the bells and whistles (pella in-pane blinds throughout, tons of intricate woodwork, full 3 room guest apartment above the garage. etc.. etc.. The place was abandoned by the previous owner, It reverted to the bank, and then it wasn't winterized (so lots of burst pipes) all this caused a ton of toxic mold to setup. House hit the market, I put in my offer, and was immediately told I'm not even in the running. Lots of people outbid me on the house. 5 months later the bank calls me and asks if I still want to buy the house. I guess none of the other banks would lend on it once they found all the mold. I had a mold company w/a 100% lifetime xferrable warranty so I (the lowest bidder) got the house as I was the only one who could secure a loan (and or didn't drop out). House was appraised (before the damage) at about $550K, I got it for 190 and figured I'd have to put another 100K into it to get it livable, so a good investment all round even though I just wanted to live there as it was my dream house. The pipes and the dual geothermal systems in the house were wrecked and as part of the purchase the bank agreed to fix the pipes and the geo (They agreed to that instantly so I'm assuming they just took a pound of flesh from the company that does their winterization to cover the cost) So I move into the guest apartment above the garage (split system heating) and worked on the house. I notice in the main house the nice new geothermal keeps cutting out. So I have a HVAC guy come out and take a look. The system checks out 100% perfect, but he thinks it's running out of water. (oh crap! I didn't consider that at all) My well (via county records) shows 25GPM capacity and I have a 5 ton and a 3 ton Unit (23 SEER Carriers, shiny and new) I estimate I need 3GPM/Ton (24GPM) and the geo guy gives me a well guy to talk to. Well guy comes out and tests the wells. Rates my well at 6GPM (oh shit again) he says the water tables have dropped and there's a lot more people in the area now so that's why 25GPM is now 6GPM. Plus the place has set for several years w/out use, so maybe it's just "clogged" Tells me I need to "clean the well" and charges me $800 to drop a ton of dry ice in the well and they weld a cap on it and let it sit for a few days. They cut off the cap and test the well again 6.2 GPM So he says "lets just dig another well". (which I pay them 4K to do) and that well gets 6GPM and under load it starts to draw down the other well. So he says,.. "put in a cistern" and at this point I'm desperate as winter is coming so I agree and dish out $5K to put in a 5500gallon cistern which they tie into the geo so my pump and dump becomes a pump and partial loop and partial dump. Winter comes, I run my geothermal and I have heat throughout the house for exactly 2 days. Then the system shuts down (as the water is now at 32 degrees and the freeze limiter kicks on.) I adjust the dump portion to allow more water to dump than recirculate, and after letting the system charge for 5 days (running emergency heat and space heaters all the while) I start it up again and get about 2.5 days out of the system before it shuts down. So I spend winter on emergency heat and space heaters to the tune of $1200-1500/mo for about 4 months. Summer hits and the geo has NO problem keeping the house chilled to 68-71 degrees 24/7 has zero issues will cooling (obviously WAY more temp difference to play with heating water than cooling it, so the "system" works perfectly, I just need water.) I called in all the locals (who are all HVAC guys who kinda know some stuff about geothermal here n there) and they all just tell me to drill more wells and of course that's just a roll of the dice each time. I had one company tell me they could convert my pump and dump to a closed loop, but it would cost about 20K to get it done and add Vertical wells. And they'd have to gut my basement to do it (the one I just spent a year rebuilding) as it's all PEX now and they must have copper for the antifreeze solution. I can't just do Horizontal loops (surrounding my house is septic field/high slopes/forest/creekbeds etc..) and my current wells aren't deep enough to provide thermal xfer and are "water wells" so they'd have to be re-worked anyway. At this point I'm just so frustrated I don't know what to do. but I'm already 10K into trying to salvage my geothermal so... screams I have a few options on the table. A. Frakking - Someone suggested this to me as there are residential well frakkers who don't use chemicals they just use high pressure water) I've tried to find someone to do this and can't find anyone but the success rate is "listed" as VERY high for the info I can find on the procedure. No idea on costs (anyone know a contact??) B. Close the loop - again,.. $20K worth of piping and wells and then I have to follow up with drywall and painting. C. Replace with electric system - I can't afford this, my monthly bills would be too high ongoing as I make it a meat locker in the summer and an oven in the winter and it would actually cost more over the life of the house. D. As the Cooling works,.. just add additional heat like a pellet stove or something for the winters. - No room in the furnace area for this, not even sure if I could get ducting in from the outside, but this is looking like it may be my only option. E. Drill more wells (I only have enough "space" to drill maybe 3 more before I'm out of viable area, and it's a roll of the dice as to water amounts, or if they would even provide "additional" water, as opposed to just drawing down all the other wells. I really I don't have someone who "knows their stuff" in my area well enough to even know what route is best. (if anyone has ANY contacts I'd really appreciate it.) I'm in Lebanon Ohio and all the local yellow pages/web pages guys who say they know geothermal absolutely don't. Most of the guys I had out for free estimates couldn't even figure out load. Just looking for any help/advice/suggestions/hope/anything.... and needed to vent. especially as .... Winter is coming!