Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Defiance

One of the niceties of heating and cooling your Defiance home with a geothermal system is that it requires so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity accounts for that. Nevertheless, minimal maintenance shouldn’t be taken to mean no maintenance. Keeping your system’s operation trouble-free and efficient does entail regularly checking the heat pump’s fluid levels and temperatures as well as cleaning or installing new 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 Schlatters Plumbing Heating & AC. These dual efforts – yours and ours – can make certain that your compressors and circulation pumps endure for a respectable 35 to 50 years, the reckoned life of your geothermal system.

Make it a point to consult your owner's manual for correct maintenance procedures. It’s enough to say here that examining fluid levels as a rule means checking on the amount of refrigerant needed to utilize the geothermal heat pump.

There are in fact two filters in the air handling unit that need changing regularly: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters catch airborne particles sucked in from all over your home; particles like dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Commonly, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other sorts of satisfactory filters that can help those afflicted with allergies.

Disposable geothermal system air filters are the most common. Switch them out them every three months. Permanent filters, which you can refresh 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 put on rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that shields your mouth and nose. It’s even more vital, though, that you unplug the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more advice on maintaining your geothermal heating and cooling system, read your O&M Manual or call on the pros at Schlatters Plumbing Heating & AC. We’re at your service!