Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Southern Ohio

One of the niceties of heating and cooling your Southern Ohio home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is the minimal maintenance needed. The system’s relative simplicity is reason enough that. But minimal maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently calls for 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 solid 35 to 50 years, the determined life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

Make it a point to consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for information on the correct maintenance procedures. It’s sufficient to say here that examining fluid levels mainly involves checking on the amount of refrigerant necessary to operate the geothermal heat pump.

There are actually two filters in the air handling unit that have to be changed every so often: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters catch airborne particles collected 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 helpful to allergy sufferers.

Disposable geothermal system air filters are the most common. Change them every three months. Permanent filters, which you can clean with a vacuum-cleaner hose, should be taken out of the housing and cleaned every one to three months. Whether cleaning or replacing, it’s important 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 WaterFurnace 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!