Geothermal systems do not burn any kind of fuel to operate, nor do they have many moving parts. Additionally, the main components that comprise a geothermal system have long lifespans: the ground loop can last up to 50 years and the heat pump can last up to 25. Many people interpret this as meaning that a geothermal system does not need annual maintenance; this is not true. All heating systems, and especially ones that also cool, should always be scheduled for annual maintenance to ensure proper operation, among other things. If it’s been more than 12 months since your geothermal system was scheduled for maintenance, schedule an appointment with the people you can trust to handle the job: G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc.
What’s Involved with Geothermal Maintenance
Geothermal maintenance is a little different from the maintenance performed on more traditional heating systems, but it’s just as necessary. Components that are checked are:
- The heat pump – whether your geothermal system uses a ground-source or water-source heat pump, the unit needs to be checked for any potential leaks, dirty air filter, the condensate array needs to be inspected, etc. Basically, the same kind of maintenance that is performed on an air-course heat pump system will be performed on your geothermal heat pump.
- Measure of electrical components – it’s important that all wiring is in good shape and that all electrical components are delivering the right level of amperage and/or voltage they are supposed to. During a routine geothermal maintenance appointment, these items will be checked for this.
- Check pressure of ground loop – closed-loop systems may need repressurizing to keep working as needed, so your technician will check the pressure level and adjust it if necessary.
- Check antifreeze levels – geothermal systems use environmentally-friendly refrigerant or antifreeze to facilitate heat transfer; in fact, the systems require an exact amount to work correctly. As such, your technician will check the level of antifreeze or refrigerant to make sure it is at the correct level.
Your geothermal system is a durable one, but to get the most out of it, it’s important to schedule your geothermal system in Everett, WA, for annual maintenance.
Has it been a while since your system has had maintenance? Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., today!