Some general questions

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by gefs55, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. gefs55

    gefs55 New Member

    I was hoping this forum could help me with some questions. I live in the Dayton Ohio area and want to know if anyone can recommend an installer. I am currently getting bids for a geothermal system and have a wide variety of differences in these quotes. One that I have is a concern with the depth of the pipes outside. One installer is recommending a 3 ton system with pipes at 2-4-6 feet is this enough or should I only consider vertical drilling? Also I am looking at the Water Furnace system does anyone know of a better system? You help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. Palace GeoThermal

    Palace GeoThermal Well-Known Member Industry Professional Forum Leader

    Loops need to be buried deeper than 2', don't do this by any means.

    Vertical will cost you more. Horizontal works fine if installed right. I have horizontal on my house. You can see the data here.

    The most important thing for you to do is find an installer with experience.

    Ask them for references, call the people and see how happy they are with their systems.

    You do not want them learning on your job. If they don't have any systems that have been in for at least a year, keep looking.

    You can get a list of installers here
  3. wrice3

    wrice3 New Member

    The installer

    is the most important consideration. There is a DX installer in New Paris, OH who seems very knowledgeable that would be close to Dayton. I live outside Cincinnati and put in a Water Furnace system because there are no DX installers within 1 h of my location and everyone I talked to advised me to go with someone local with lots of experience and satisfied customers, so that is what I did. I found my installers on Angie's List. Good Luck!
  4. Kdeclercq

    Kdeclercq New Member

    Not an Expert

    I just finished a lengthy DIY install of a WaterFurnace 064 system and made some mistakes, but things are working fine now and I highly recommend the following process BEFORE you pick an installer.

    1.Do a complete heat/loss analysis or have it done by an independent engineer. Then pick the system that can handle the heating/Cooling load the way you want it handled for your specific needs & climate.

    2. Have the field engineered to support the system you decide on. (make sure the soil conditions for your area are considered)

    Then hire the installer to make it happen, and be informed as to exactally what they are doing.
  5. waterpirate

    waterpirate Well-Known Member Industry Professional Forum Leader


    That is sound advice, and I could not agree more.
  6. gabby

    gabby Member Industry Professional Forum Leader

    For a DX system in Ohio, you have to be very careful about your soil composition. This is coal country with many strip mines for multiple minerals, thus varying soil conditions throughout the state.
    Acidic soil will cause you grief with copper coils.
  7. gefs55

    gefs55 New Member


    Thanks for all of your advice


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