Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Southern Ohio

One of the nicest things about heating and cooling your Southern Ohio home with a geothermal system is the minimal maintenance required. The system’s relative simplicity is reason enough that. But minimal maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently does entail routinely checking the heat pump’s fluid levels and temperatures as well as swapping out filters in both the air handling unit and the geothermal ground-loop system. Aside from that, once-a-year maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Daniel's HVAC, LLC. These twin efforts – yours and ours – can help guarantee that your compressors and circulation pumps endure for a respectable 35 to 50 years, the determined life of your geothermal system.

Be sure to consult your owner's manual for proper maintenance procedures. It’s sufficient to say here that examining fluid levels mainly involves checking on the amount of refrigerant needed to operate the geothermal heat pump.

There are in fact two filters in the air handling unit that must be changed every so often: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters help get rid of airborne particles picked up from all over your home; particles such as dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. In general, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other kinds of decent filters that can be good for those afflicted with allergies.

Disposable geothermal system air filters are the norm. Replace them every three months. Permanent filters, which you can clean with a vacuum-cleaner hose, should be pulled from the housing and cleaned every one to three months. Whether cleaning or replacing, it’s necessary that you put on rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that fits over your mouth and nose. It’s even more vital, however, that you isolate the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more information on maintaining your geothermal heating and cooling system, look at your O&M Manual or call on the pros at Daniel's HVAC, LLC. We’re at your service!