Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Greater Cincinnati

One of the beauties of heating and cooling your Greater Cincinnati home with a geothermal system is the minimal maintenance necessary. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. But minimal maintenance isn’t the same as no maintenance. Keeping your system’s operation smooth and efficient does entail regularly checking the heat pump’s fluid levels and temperatures as well as changing 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 Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling. These twin efforts – yours and ours – can assure that your compressors and circulation pumps last for a respectable 35 to 50 years, the calculated life of your geothermal system.

By all means, consult your owner's manual for proper maintenance procedures. Suffice it to tell you here that examining fluid levels on the whole involves checking on the amount of refrigerant required to use the geothermal heat pump.

There are actually two filters in the air handling unit that have to be changed regularly: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters capture airborne particles sucked in throughout your home; particles such as dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Ordinarily, HEPA filters are employed, but there are other types of decent filters that can help those afflicted with allergies.

Disposable geothermal system air filters are the most common. Change them every three months. Permanent filters, which are cleanable 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 important that you wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that fits over your mouth and nose. It’s even more crucial, however, that you cut the system off from all power sources beforehand!

For further information on maintaining your geothermal heating and cooling system, study your O&M Manual or get in touch with the experts at Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling. We’re at your service!