Your Geothermal Heating and Cooling System: the 5 Maintenance Musts
Geothermal is one of the greenest heating and cooling options available today, and the savings offered by these systems is impressive. Like any other heating and/or cooling system, however, a geothermal installation must be maintained. Here are four keys to getting the most from your geothermal heating and cooling system.
- Expert installation is essential: Although the indoor components of your geothermal system are similar to those of any other heating and cooling installation, the outdoor side is radically different. Hire a contractor who is thoroughly versed in geothermal installation and has a proven track record.
- Antifreeze level is crucial: Systems are often incorrectly charged at the time of installation. Further, a technician might fail to check the refrigerant when he maintains your system. When your system is installed, make sure your technician checks the charge. Also make sure he checks the charge when he’s doing routine maintenance. If it’s dramatically lower than it should be, he must check for leaks and correct the problem. Then he needs to recharge the refrigerant.
- Ductwork must deliver: Your geothermal system is only as good as the ductwork that delivers the heated or cooled air. Inspect you ductwork regularly–and have your technician check for leaks in sections that you can’t see. Repair any breaches. If you suspect that your ductwork is dirty, hire a reputable contractor to clean it.
- Don’t forget your pipes: The loop system underground is typically the longest-lasting component of your system. But on occasion, a leak can develop. During routine maintenance, make sure your technician checks for leaks. He should repair any problems that he finds.
For more information about geothermal heating and cooling, contact the friendly professionals at Comfort Systems. We have been serving the HVAC needs of Wichita and the surrounding area since 1996.
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