Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Lane County

One of the niceties of heating and cooling your Lane County home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is that it requires so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. But minimal maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Keeping your system’s performance smooth and efficient necessitates regularly 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, yearly maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Comfort Flow Heating. These dual efforts – yours and ours – can help guarantee that your compressors and circulation pumps last for a good 35 to 50 years, the reckoned life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

See to it that you consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for proper maintenance procedures. It’s sufficient to say here that inspecting fluid levels basically involves checking on the amount of refrigerant needed to operate 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 from all over your home; particles on the order of dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. In the main, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other types of satisfactory filters that can be helpful to allergy sufferers.

Disposable geothermal system air filters are the most prevalent. 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 critical, however, that you isolate the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more specifics on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, refer to your O&M Manual or see the specialists at Comfort Flow Heating. We’re at your service!