Geothermal HVAC systems tap into the earth’s free source of heat, and just like other heating systems, geothermal heating systems require maintenance to keep everything running smoothly and identify common geothermal repairs.
For over a decade, Capital Heating & Cooling has specialized in geothermal HVAC systems and understands exactly what to look for during a tune up to prevent potentially costly problems like loop leaks or a broken heat pump. In many cases, our geothermal experts have even repaired or reinstalled geothermal heat systems that were installed incorrectly by undertrained HVAC contractors that claim to “do geothermal” in Southeast Wisconsin.
WARNING: Due to the recent demand for geothermal energy in Wisconsin has led to underqualified HVAC contractors trying to capitalize on business they’re not qualified to perform. Consequently, in addition to preventative HVAC maintenance, Capital Heating & Cooling offers an installation inspection to ensure your home’s geothermal heating system was installed correctly. In the event that it was not, our highly trained geothermal experts will repair or reinstall your system correctly. Geothermal repairs are guaranteed for 1 year, and Geothermal HVAC installations are guaranteed for up to 10 years.
Contact the Wisconsin Geothermal Heat Specialists to schedule your HVAC maintenance today.
Geothermal HVAC Maintenance Checklist
When you hire Capital Heating & Cooling to tune up your Wisconsin’s geothermal heat system, you’ll get a written inspection form that communicates the general condition of your geothermal HVAC system, available discounts or incentives, recommended repairs, and the maintenance work performed including:
- Check operation. If your system doesn’t start properly, there’s no sense in wasting time and money on an HVAC tune up. If this is the case, a Capital Heating & Cooling technician can perform a complete system diagnostic to identify any necessary repairs and related parts.
- Check refrigerant level. Geothermal systems use a water and antifreeze mixture in the underground loop components. Operating at below the ideal amount means your system isn’t running efficiently and may even have a leak.
- Check Geothermal loop. The loop is a critical part of your geothermal heating system. Ensuring it’s in tact (no leaks, premature deterioration) and operating at the required pressure level is key to its efficiency.
- Clean debris or dirt buildup. Over time, debris and dirt can build up inside your system’s pipes, or main components like the blower motor or heat exchanger, which will lower its efficiency and potentially cause damage. It’s much easier and cheaper for us to clean a part than replace it down the line.
- Inspect ductwork. Air ducts are critical to expediting the warm air around your home and if there are holes, leaky joints or damage to your ducts, your heating system will have to run more to compensate, which raises your energy consumption. Capital Heating & Cooling is able to find and seal leaks in your ductwork. We also provide NADCA Certified Air Duct cleaning if you’re looking to remove dirt, debris, allergens or bacteria from your duct system for healthier indoor air quality.
- Check thermostat for proper operation. An incorrectly set or located thermostat is one of the most common reasons for an emergency heat repair call.
- Check electrical connections
- Check indoor/outdoor coils
- Lubricate motors & bearings
- Test air temperature across coils
- Check all controls for proper operation
- Check voltage & amperage in motors, compressor and components.
- Replace air filter (includes standard 1” pleated. Fees apply for other filters.)
- Inspect vent pipe & check for proper draft.
- Clean condensate drain line
- Clean condensate pan
- Check burners
- Check heat exchanger
Contact us online or call 262-264-8047 (HVAC) to schedule HVAC maintenance or air duct cleaning in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine counties.
Geothermal Heating Maintenance Cost
The complexity of geothermal heat systems means it takes more time for the technicians to properly inspect and clean. On average a geothermal heat pump tune up takes about a 90 minutes if performed by a qualified HVAC company in Milwaukee area and costs $289-$350. Geothermal heating maintenance costs more than a conventional heat system it because of its complexity, it takes more time for the technicians to properly inspect and clean.