Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Northern Virginia

One of the greatest things about heating and cooling your Northern Virginia home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is that it demands so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. Nevertheless, minimal maintenance shouldn’t be taken to mean no maintenance. Keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently calls for regularly 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. Beyond that, once-a-year maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Renewable Energy Solutions. These binary efforts – yours and ours – can help guarantee that your compressors and circulation pumps hang in there for a good 35 to 50 years, the adjudged life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

By all means, consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for details on the correct maintenance procedures. It’s enough to say here that investigating fluid levels principally involves checking on the amount of refrigerant needed to use 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 capture airborne particles collected throughout your home; particles like dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Usually, HEPA filters are used, but there are other kinds of decent filters that can be beneficial for allergy sufferers.

The most prevalent geothermal air filter is the disposable kind. Replace them every three months. Permanent filters, which are cleanable with a vacuum-cleaner hose, should be removed from the housing and cleaned every one to three months. Whether cleaning or replacing, it’s critical that you wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that shields your mouth and nose. It’s even more crucial, in any event, that you unplug the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more advice on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, look at your O&M Manual or call on the pros at Renewable Energy Solutions. We’re at your service!