Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Columbus

One of the niceties of heating and cooling your Columbus home with a geothermal system is that it requires so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. Nevertheless, minimal maintenance isn’t the same as no maintenance. Keeping your system operating smoothly and efficiently necessitates periodically checking the heat pump’s fluid levels and temperatures as well as replacing filters in both the air handling unit and the geothermal ground-loop system. Beyond that, annual maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Patriot Air Comfort Systems. These binary efforts – yours and ours – can assure that your compressors and circulation pumps last for a respectable 35 to 50 years, the estimated life of your geothermal system.

By all means, consult your owner's manual for details on the correct maintenance procedures. Suffice it to note here that investigating fluid levels basically involves checking on the amount of refrigerant necessary to utilize 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 help eliminate airborne particles picked up throughout your home; particles on the order of dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Ordinarily, HEPA filters are employed, but there are other types of acceptable filters that can be good for those troubled by allergies.

The most common geothermal air filter is the disposable kind. Switch them out 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 don rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. It’s even more vital, though, that you isolate the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more advice on maintaining your geothermal heating and cooling system, read your O&M Manual or get in touch with the experts at Patriot Air Comfort Systems. We’re at your service!