Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Columbus

One of the nicest things about heating and cooling your Columbus home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is that it requires so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. Still, minimal maintenance isn’t the same as no maintenance. Keeping your system’s performance trouble-free and efficient 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 WaterFurnace geothermal system.

By all means, consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for correct maintenance procedures. It’s enough to note here that checking fluid levels as a rule 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 require changing every so often: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters help remove airborne particles picked up throughout your home; particles on the order of dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. In general, HEPA filters are employed, but there are other types of acceptable filters that can be good for those troubled by allergies.

Geothermal system air filters are typically disposable. Switch them out them every three months. Permanent filters, which are cleanable with a vacuum-cleaner hose, should be pulled 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, in any event, that you cut the system off from all power sources beforehand!

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