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Everett, WA Geothermal Maintenance by G & S Heating Cooling & Electric
Geothermal systems are pretty sturdy, as far as home heating and cooling systems go. There are plenty of complex systems that require extensive maintenance to keep running properly. Geothermal is not one of those systems. Despite a relative lack of maintenance issues, however, the few issues that can affect a geothermal system are capable of causing quite a bit of damage. For that reason, it is best to take your geothermal system maintenance seriously. Let us outline some common causes for concern during geothermal maintenance, and why you should schedule it at least once a year. If you haven’t had your geothermal system checked in over a year, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric today!
G & S Heating Cooling & Electric provides outstanding geothermal maintenance services throughout Everett, WA.
The Steps of Geothermal Maintenance
As with any system, a geothermal system will not live up to its full potential without regular maintenance. Maintenance, as a concept, goes beyond merely fixing something when it breaks. Preventive maintenance is a big part of keeping your geothermal system healthy, as well.
The biggest part of geothermal maintenance usually involves checking your pipe loop for leaks or other problems. While problems can develop with your central geothermal unit as well, issues with the pipe loop are usually more dangerous to the system. This is because the pipe loop is located out of sight, and any leaks or other problems that may occur are usually not noticed until they are quite advanced.
Often, your HVAC technician will check the level of refrigerant in the system before anything else. Refrigerant is the lifeblood of geothermal systems, without which none of them would be able to operate. A leak in the pipe loop can slowly drain refrigerant from the system, causing a slow depletion of the geothermal system’s ability to heat and cool the house. Once the refrigerant level is confirmed to be correct, the pipes are then checked for any damage that may develop into a leak or other problem later on. After the pipe loop is checked, the rest of the system is examined for problems. Even minor things like dust and other tiny particles can cause damage to the unit, so it is often cleaned during maintenance visits.
When Should You Schedule Geothermal Maintenance?
Preventive geothermal maintenance is best conducted at least once a year. This enables an HVAC technician to keep your geothermal system in top operating condition, by isolating and fixing any potential problems before they have a chance to develop. Waiting longer than a year between maintenance appointments gives issues the opportunity to grow and actually impede the system’s operation.
It is also advised that you have your geothermal system checked either during the spring or fall season. The ideal time to conduct preventive maintenance on any heating or cooling system is right before a period of heavy usage. As a geothermal system has both heating and cooling functions, the ideal time for maintenance would be right before summer or winter cause an increase in demand.
If you need geothermal maintenance services, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric today!