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.
The truth is that any heating system must have a fall maintenance visit from a professional, and geothermal heat pumps are no exception. Here are some of the reasons why:
- Geothermal systems do twice the amount of work during the year: A geothermal heating and cooling system is a type of heat pump, and that means that it also provides cooling for the summer months. Any system that works throughout the year will build-up a great deal of wear and tear, making it especially important that it has regular inspections and tune-ups.
- Spot leaking ground loops early: The ground loops of a geothermal heat pump can often last for more than 50 years. But that doesn’t mean they are invincible or won’t develop leaks during that time. Maintenance professionals will check to see that the loops aren’t suffering from loss of refrigerant.
- Geothermal energy efficiency is crucial: One of the reasons that you probably invested in a geothermal heat pump in the first place was because of its high energy efficiency compared to standard heat pumps and furnaces. If your system loses this efficiency, it also loses its major advantage over other types of heaters. Keeping up with maintenance will help make sure that a geothermal system quickly pays back its installation costs.
To schedule your geothermal maintenance in Clayton, NC, call on Raleigh Heating & Air, Inc. today.