Maintaining Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System in Hattiesburg

One of the best things about heating and cooling your Hattiesburg home with a geothermal system is the negligible maintenance it requires. The system’s relative simplicity accounts for that. But minimal maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Keeping your system operating smoothly and efficiently does entail regularly 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, annual maintenance service should be provided by the registered, qualified geothermal energy engineers at BC's Heating and Air. These complementary efforts – yours and ours – can assure that your compressors and circulation pumps keep going for a good 35 to 50 years, the adjudged life of your geothermal system.

By all means, consult your owner's manual for details on the right maintenance procedures. It’s enough to note here that inspecting fluid levels mainly means checking on the amount of refrigerant required to operate the geothermal heat pump.

There are in fact two filters in the air handling unit that must be changed regularly: one in the discharge ducting, the other in the air return system. Both filters capture airborne particles sucked in from all over your home; particles like dust, fluff, dust mites, insects, and smoke residue. Commonly, HEPA filters are employed, but there are other sorts of decent filters that can be beneficial for allergy sufferers.

Disposable geothermal system air filters are the most common. Change them every three months. Permanent filters, which are cleanable with a vacuum-cleaner hose, should be removed from the housing and cleaned every one to three months. Whether cleaning or replacing, it’s critical that you put on rubber gloves, eye protection, and a face mask that fits over your mouth and nose. It’s even more critical, in any event, that you unplug the system from all power sources beforehand!

For more tips on maintaining your geothermal heating and cooling system, refer to your O&M Manual or speak with the pros at BC's Heating and Air. We’re at your service!