Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Rochester

One of the beauties of heating and cooling your Rochester home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is the negligible maintenance it requires. The system’s relative simplicity is reason enough that. Still, minimal maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Keeping your system operating smoothly and efficiently necessitates routinely 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, once-a-year maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Van Hee Mechanical. These dual efforts – yours and ours – can ensure that your compressors and circulation pumps keep going for a good 35 to 50 years, the adjudged life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

Make sure you consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for details on the correct maintenance procedures. It’s enough to say here that checking fluid levels principally involves checking on the amount of refrigerant needed to use 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 catch airborne particles sucked in from all over your home; particles on the order of dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. In general, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other types of decent filters that can be beneficial for allergy sufferers.

Most geothermal system air filters are disposable. Replace them every three months. Permanent filters, which you can sanitize with a vacuum-cleaner hose, should be taken out of the housing and cleaned every one to three months. Whether cleaning or replacing, it’s necessary that you put on rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. It’s even more vital, however, that you isolate the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more tips on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, refer to your O&M Manual or call on the pros at Van Hee Mechanical. We’re at your service!