Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Central New Jersey

One of the beauties of heating and cooling your Central New Jersey home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is the negligible maintenance it requires. The system’s relative simplicity is reason enough that. Still, minimal maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Keeping your system’s performance smooth and efficient calls for 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, once-a-year maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at CMS Geothermal. These binary efforts – yours and ours – can assure that your compressors and circulation pumps hold up for a solid 35 to 50 years, the approximated life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

Make sure you consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for proper maintenance procedures. It’s sufficient to tell you here that checking fluid levels as a rule means checking on the amount of refrigerant needed to operate the geothermal heat pump.

There are,to be accurate, two filters in the air handling unit that require 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 like dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. In general, HEPA filters are installed, but there are other sorts of decent filters that can be of benefit to those racked with allergies.

The most prevalent geothermal air filter is the disposable kind. 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 vital that you wear rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that covers your mouth and nose. It’s even more crucial, in any event, that you cut the system off from all power sources beforehand!

For further tips on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, refer to your O&M Manual or call on the pros at CMS Geothermal. We’re at your service!