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Is Your Ground Source Heat Pump Fully Prepared for winter?

If you use a ground-source heat pump—also referred to as a geothermal heat pump—to heat and cool your home, then you are already equipped with one of the most efficient home comfort systems available on the market today. Ground-source heat pumps are highly effective, reliable, advantageous for the environment, and have lifespans that leave traditional heaters and air conditioning systems in the dust.

However, it’s important that you not let the long service life of this system trick you into thinking that you don’t need to take care of it with routine preventive maintenance. Just as with a standard heat pump or some other home comfort system, your ground-source heat pump must receive a maintenance inspection from trained professionals—such as the experts on our staff—twice a year, once in the spring and once again in the fall.

Will Maintenance Really Prep My System for Winter?

There is something important you need to keep in mind in regards to your ground-source heat pump—even though it uses ground loops to release and absorb heat, which means it’s mostly out of sight, the components inside your home are similar to those of an air-source heat pump. This means that the same level of care is required.

During your maintenance appointment, our technicians will check over the components of your indoor unit to ensure that the coils and motors are clean, all the mechanical parts are lubricated, the air filter is unclogged, the condensate drain is clear, and all electrical connections are tightened appropriately.

There are also a few special items are technicians must consider when maintaining this type of system. They must look over the manifold and the heat exchanger where the antifreeze in the loops transfers heat to or from the indoor refrigerant, namely. If you have an open loop configuration, then our technicians may need to give them an acid flush to remove deposits that can build up.

Be sure to schedule a tune-up for your ground source heat pump to eliminate potential problems and to ensure your system lasts as long as it should.

To schedule your heating system maintenance appointment in Tacoma, WA today, just contact Sound Heating!

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