Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Central New Jersey

One of the nicest things about heating and cooling your Central New Jersey home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is that it requires so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. Nevertheless, minimal maintenance shouldn’t be taken to suggest no maintenance. Keeping your system’s operation trouble-free and efficient does entail periodically checking the heat pump’s fluid levels and temperatures as well as cleaning or installing new 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 ABLEnvironmental. These complementary efforts – yours and ours – can make certain that your compressors and circulation pumps hang in there for a respectable 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 correct maintenance procedures. It’s sufficient to note here that examining fluid levels as a rule means checking on the amount of refrigerant necessary to run the geothermal heat pump.

There are,to be precise, two filters in the air handling unit that have to be changed 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 such as dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Usually, HEPA filters are used, but there are other types of satisfactory filters that can be of benefit to allergy sufferers.

Most geothermal system air filters are disposable. Change them every three months. Permanent filters, which you can clean with a vacuum-cleaner hose, should be pulled from the housing and cleaned every one to three months. Whether cleaning or replacing, it’s crucial that you wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. It’s even more crucial, however, that you unplug 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 call on the pros at ABLEnvironmental. We’re at your service!