Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Western Montana

One of the beauties of heating and cooling your Western Montana home with a geothermal system is the minimal maintenance required of you. The system’s relative simplicity is reason enough that. But minimal maintenance shouldn’t be taken to imply no maintenance. Keeping your system operating smoothly and efficiently calls for routinely 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, once-a-year maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Ground Source Systems, Inc.. These complementary 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 geothermal system.

Make it a point to consult your owner's manual for correct maintenance procedures. Suffice it to say here that examining fluid levels on the whole means checking on the amount of refrigerant necessary to run the geothermal heat pump.

There are actually two filters in the air handling unit that need changing every so often: 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. Usually, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other types of decent filters that can help allergy sufferers.

Geothermal system air filters are most often disposable. 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 crucial that you don rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. It’s even more crucial, though, that you unplug the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more information on maintaining your geothermal heating and cooling system, review your O&M Manual or call on the experts at Ground Source Systems, Inc.. We’re at your service!