Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Utah

One of the greatest things about heating and cooling your Utah home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is that it needs so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. Still, minimal maintenance isn’t the same as no maintenance. Keeping your system operating smoothly and efficiently does entail routinely 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. In addition to that, yearly maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Utah Geothermal. These twin efforts – yours and ours – can insure that your compressors and circulation pumps hold up for a respectable 35 to 50 years, the calculated life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

By all means, consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for correct maintenance procedures. It’s enough to note here that checking 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 every now and then: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters help remove airborne particles collected throughout your home; particles such as dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. In general, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other types of decent filters that can be beneficial for those suffering from allergies.

The most prevalent geothermal air filter is the disposable kind. Replace 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 necessary that you put on rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that fits over your mouth and nose. It’s even more vital, however, that you disconnect the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more advice on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, look at your O&M Manual or speak with the experts at Utah Geothermal. We’re at your service!