How To Care For A Geothermal System
Do you have a geothermal heating and cooling system? Have you been considering getting information about a geothermal heating and cooling system for your home or commercial building or swimming pool? If so, you may be wondering how to care for a geothermal system. It’s quite simple.
When you have a geothermal system not only are you benefiting from lower cost heating and cooling utility bills, but you’re looking at a system that doesn’t require as much maintenance as a heat pump.
As with any investment you make in your home or commercial business you will want to schedule routine maintenance to ensure the life and viability of your geothermal unit and to protect the investment you’ve made. Some of the maintenance tasks associated with a geothermal unit can be performed by a do-it-yourselfer, but you will still want to schedule an annual or seasonal inspection by an HVAC professional to assure yourself that the system is operating at its peak effectiveness and efficiency.
How To Care For A Geothermal System
Here are some maintenance tasks the do-it-yourselfer can undertake between HVAC annual or seasonal service visits.
- Filter check. No matter what type of heating or cooling system you use, you will want to perform a check of the filters regularly. Depending on the weather and how often you’re heating or cooling your house or commercial unit, you will want to check the filters at least month. When the filters are dirty the unit works harder to circulate the air. Also, a dirty filter will not clean the air as well and you also run the risk of breathing “dirty” air. When you’re checking and changing the air filter, check the interior components to see if they are dusty. Ask us how to clean the dust off without damaging the unit.
- Condensation. A geothermal unit can create condensation that may collect in the bottom of the air handler. When you see condensation, look for green, black, white or even yellow or brown build up; this could be algae. If you see algae, use an approved algaecide to clean the condensation pan. Then inspect the outdoor condensation line to assure yourslef that it is draining properly. If you see that it isn’t properly draining, there is likely a blockage that is preventing the water back up and algae growth. Clear the blockage. Reinspect the unit and condensation pan in a few days.
- Record keeping matters. Keep records of the maintenance you perform, and when. Keep records of the annual or seasonal inspections and check ups your HVAC pro performs. Keep all records about the unit itself in an easy to find place. If you’re ever going to sell the home or commercial unit, having this record of ongoing and regular maintenance will put a potential buyer’s mind at ease that he or she is going to purchase a unit that has a geothermal system that is in great working order.
When you take ownership of a building or home with a geothermal heating and cooling system, you want to find an HVAC professional who understands the geothermal units. An HVAC pro who has geothermal training has the knowledge to inspect and repair any mechanical or electrical components and can perform the annual or seasonal inspections and check ups. Don’t wait until the unit has an issue before you begin your search for a professional; you don’t want to hire under pressure.
Symbiont Service Corp. in Englewood specializes in geothermal heating and cooling systems. When you’re looking for experienced geothermal professionals and are seeking dependable, quality service and maintenance, contact us.
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