Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Rochester

One of the greatest things about heating and cooling your Rochester home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is the minimal maintenance required of you. The system’s relative simplicity accounts for that. Still, minimal maintenance shouldn’t be taken to imply no maintenance. Keeping your system operating smoothly and efficiently does entail periodically 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. In addition to that, annual maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Gast Heating & Cooling Inc.. These dual efforts – yours and ours – can make certain that your compressors and circulation pumps last for a solid 35 to 50 years, the reckoned life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

By all means, consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for correct maintenance procedures. Suffice it to tell you here that checking fluid levels as a rule involves checking on the amount of refrigerant required to use the geothermal heat pump.

There are in fact two filters in the air handling unit that need changing periodically: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters catch airborne particles picked up from all over your home; particles on the order of dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. In the main, HEPA filters are used, but there are other kinds of satisfactory filters that can help allergy sufferers.

The most prevalent 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 pulled from the housing and cleaned every one to three months. Whether cleaning or replacing, it’s crucial that you wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that shields your mouth and nose. It’s even more critical, however, that you unplug the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more tips on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, study your O&M Manual or call on the pros at Gast Heating & Cooling Inc.. We’re at your service!