Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Greater Cincinnati

One of the best things about heating and cooling your Greater Cincinnati home with a geothermal system is that it needs so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. But minimal maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently does entail periodically checking the heat pump’s fluid levels and temperatures as well as swapping out filters in both the air handling unit and the geothermal ground-loop system. In addition to that, yearly maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling. These complementary efforts – yours and ours – can help guarantee that your compressors and circulation pumps keep going for a good 35 to 50 years, the approximated life of your geothermal system.

Make sure you consult your owner's manual for correct maintenance procedures. Suffice it to tell you here that examining fluid levels as a rule means checking on the amount of refrigerant needed to use the geothermal heat pump.

There are actually two filters in the air handling unit that require changing regularly: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters catch airborne particles collected throughout your home; particles like dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Commonly, HEPA filters are employed, but there are other sorts of reasonable filters that can help allergy sufferers.

Disposable geothermal system air filters are the norm. Replace 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 critical that you don rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that fits over your mouth and nose. It’s even more critical, however, that you cut the system off from all power sources beforehand!

For further advice on maintaining your geothermal heating and cooling system, study your O&M Manual or call on the pros at Bill Spade Electric, Heating & Cooling. We’re at your service!