Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Grinnell

One of the nicest things about heating and cooling your Grinnell home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is the minimal maintenance it requires. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. Still, minimal maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Keeping your system running smoothly and efficiently calls for periodically 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. Beyond that, annual maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Latcham Enterprises. These complementary efforts – yours and ours – can assure that your compressors and circulation pumps hold up for a good 35 to 50 years, the guesstimated life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

By all means, consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for proper maintenance procedures. It’s sufficient to tell you here that examining fluid levels as a rule means checking on the amount of refrigerant necessary to run 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 help eliminate airborne particles picked up throughout your home; particles like dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. In the main, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other kinds of decent filters that can be beneficial for allergy sufferers.

Disposable geothermal system air filters are the most prevalent. Switch them out 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 crucial that you put on rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. It’s even more crucial, though, that you cut the system off from all power sources beforehand!

For further tips on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, review your O&M Manual or talk with the specialists at Latcham Enterprises. We’re at your service!