Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Central Virginia

One of the best things about heating and cooling your Central Virginia home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is the negligible maintenance required of you. The system’s relative simplicity is reason enough that. Still, minimal maintenance isn’t the same as no maintenance. Keeping your system’s operation smooth and efficient does entail regularly 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, annual maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.. These binary efforts – yours and ours – can insure that your compressors and circulation pumps last for a respectable 35 to 50 years, the estimated life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

Make sure you consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for correct maintenance procedures. Suffice it to tell you here that inspecting fluid levels mainly means checking on the amount of refrigerant necessary to run the geothermal heat pump.

There are actually two filters in the air handling unit that require changing regularly: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters help eliminate airborne particles collected throughout your home; particles such as dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Typically, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other kinds of decent filters that can be helpful to allergy sufferers.

Geothermal system air filters are typically disposable. Replace them every three months. Permanent filters, which are cleanable with a vacuum-cleaner hose, should be removed from the housing and cleaned every one to three months. Whether cleaning or replacing, it’s important that you wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. It’s even more crucial, however, that you cut the system off from all power sources beforehand!

For further information on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, study your O&M Manual or see the specialists at Scott Horseman Heating & Air Conditioning Inc.. We’re at your service!