Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in West Chester

One of the greatest things about heating and cooling your West Chester home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is the minimal maintenance it requires. The system’s relative simplicity is reason enough that. Nevertheless, minimal maintenance shouldn’t be taken to mean no maintenance. Keeping your system operating smoothly and efficiently necessitates 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. Aside from that, once-a-year maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning. These binary efforts – yours and ours – can help guarantee that your compressors and circulation pumps hold up for a solid 35 to 50 years, the adjudged life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

Make it a point to consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for proper maintenance procedures. Suffice it to tell you here that investigating fluid levels as a rule means checking on the amount of refrigerant required to use the geothermal heat pump.

There are in fact two filters in the air handling unit that have to be changed periodically: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters help eliminate airborne particles picked up from all over your home; particles like dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Normally, HEPA filters are used, but there are other kinds of decent filters that can be beneficial for those racked with allergies.

The most prevalent geothermal air filter is the disposable kind. Switch them out them every three months. Permanent filters, which you can clean 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, though, that you disconnect the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more specifics on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, review your O&M Manual or call on the pros at Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re at your service!