Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Knoxville

One of the beauties of heating and cooling your Knoxville home with a WaterFurnace geothermal system is that it needs so little maintenance. The system’s relative simplicity explains that. But minimal maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Keeping your system’s operation trouble-free and efficient 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. Aside from that, once-a-year maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.. 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 guesstimated life of your WaterFurnace geothermal system.

See to it that you consult your WaterFurnace Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual for proper maintenance procedures. It’s enough to say here that checking fluid levels as a rule means checking on the amount of refrigerant necessary to utilize 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 catch airborne particles collected throughout your home; particles on the order of dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Commonly, HEPA filters are employed, but there are other types of acceptable filters that can be of benefit to those suffering from allergies.

Geothermal system air filters are typically disposable. Replace 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 shields your mouth and nose. It’s even more vital, though, that you cut the system off from all power sources beforehand!

For more specifics on maintaining your WaterFurnace geothermal heating and cooling system, study your O&M Manual or consult with the specialists at Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.. We’re at your service!