Raleigh Heating & Air Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Geothermal Maintenance’

Yes, You Need to Schedule Fall Maintenance for Your Geothermal System

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Regular fall maintenance is a key part of preparing a heating system to take on the winter weather. A furnace will start to wear down and perform inefficiently if it misses its regular inspection and tune-up each fall. But homeowners who use a geothermal heat pump (a.k.a. a “ground-source” heat pump) to provide their home with comfort during the winter sometimes think that their system doesn’t need maintenance as often as a furnace does.

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Do Geothermal Systems Use Air Ducts?

Monday, May 25th, 2015

If you have been considering the installation of a geothermal heat pump to handle your air conditioning and heating, you probably have a few hundred questions you would like answered. One question that people often have about how geothermal systems is if they use air ducts like standard air-source heat pumps and air conditioners. The answer is “yes,” because when it comes to the indoor components of a geothermal heat pump, there is not much difference between it and an air-source heat pump. We’ll explain in a bit more detail after the jump.

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Does My Geothermal Heat Pump Need Annual Maintenance?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

If you have a geothermal heat pump (a.k.a. a ground-source heat pump) keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter, then you already have one of the best comfort systems available at work for you. Geothermal heat pumps are energy-efficient, dependable, beneficial for the environment, and have lifespans that leave standard heat pumps, air conditioners, and furnaces far behind.

However, don’t let the long service life of a geothermal heating and cooling system trick you into thinking that you don’t need to take care of it with regular maintenance. Just as with a standard heat pump or other comfort system, your geothermal heat pump must receive an maintenance inspection from trained professionals twice a year, once in spring and then again in the fall.

If you are looking for a geothermal specialist in Wake Forest, NC or elsewhere in Wake County, give Raleigh Heating & Air a call today.

The importance of regular geothermal heat pump maintenance

Here is something that is important to keep in mind with a geothermal heat pump: even though it uses ground loops to release and absorb heat, the components inside the house are very similar to those of an air source heat pump. This means it needs the same type of regular care that standard heat pumps need. During a maintenance visit, the technician checks over the components of the indoor unit of the system to see that the coils and motors are clean, all mechanical parts lubricated, the air filter unclogged, the condensate drain clear, and the electrical connections are tightened.

There are a few special checks a maintenance technician must do for a geothermal system, such as looking over the manifold and the heat exchanger where the antifreeze in the loops transfers heat to or from the indoor refrigerant. If you have an open loop configuration, the technicians may occasionally give the loops an acid flush to remove deposits that can build up in them.

This routine maintenance serves the same purpose for a geothermal heat pump as it does for any comfort system: prolong its service life, protect its efficiency, catch malfunctions, and prevent future repair issue.

A geothermal system is a major investment, and you want yours to last as long as possible so that you reap the greatest benefit from its energy-efficient performance. Raleigh Heating & Air is here to help you with the regular maintenance that will see that your geothermal heat pump lasts for decades.

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Geothermal Services: What Geothermal Maintenance Consists Of

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Geothermal heating and cooling systems have been around for a long time, but they have really gained traction in recent years as the technology has improved and more people understand the operation of these systems. Like any other heating and cooling system, they require routine maintenance to continue to operate efficiently. Contact Raleigh Heating & Air when you require any Apex, NC geothermal services. Here is some information to help you better understand your system’s maintenance needs.

While the initial investment in a geothermal heating and cooling installation is considerable, such systems are very highly regarded for the minimal amount of maintenance that they require. The geothermal loop system that is buried beneath the ground on your property or underwater will last for years, and the fan, condenser, compressor and other necessary components can be installed away from inclement weather conditions. The main concern regarding geothermal maintenance is actually to ensure that the installation is done properly the first time around.

If your geothermal installation is not completed properly, your system will not operate correctly. This will require frequent maintenance and service calls, or even a costly reinstallation. When all of the equipment is installed correctly, though, a geothermal system will not require any more maintenance than a traditional heating and cooling system. Any moving parts will need to be lubricated, and of course any electrical contacts and components will need to be inspected and maintained for proper maintenance. Ensuring that the system controls and your thermostat are well positioned and properly calibrated is also important to get the best performance possible from your geothermal heating and cooling system.

When all is said and done, geothermal heating and cooling systems actually have fewer components to experience problems with than many other systems. While this is no excuse for neglecting routine maintenance service, it is good news for those homeowners under the false impression that the design of such systems necessitates more maintenance. As long as your system is well thought out, planned and professionally installed, you should enjoy years of quality service from your geothermal system with minimal maintenance needs.

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