Mobile homes are delivered to a site in partially constructed parts. This necessitates a couple of differences in the way the central heat and air units for mobile homes are designed and installed. Knowing these differences is vital when troubleshooting heating and cooling unit issues in a mobile home.
Installation Process for Central Heat and Air Units for Mobile Homes
The installation of a HVAC system in a new mobile home is a different process from the technique used in a standard home. Typically, a HVAC professional crew installs the furnace and air conditioning unit when the mobile home is being put together on the home site.
The ductwork might be installed while the system is built in the factory, or another contractor might come to perform the installation work. Also, an electrician may connect the unit. It could take three or four different professionals to put in your HVAC unit.
Enclosed, Small Furnaces
The most common furnace put in a mobile home is a forced air unit. This is due to a mobile home not having any attic or crawl space for a different type of furnace to safely fit. This unit goes into an enclosed, little furnace cabinet with a vented door.
You must remember not to cover the vents around the furnace in a mobile home. The unit will overheat if you block the vents. Unlike bigger units, most mobile home furnaces have to be disassembled to get to the thermocouple or ignition.
Adding a new cooling unit to a mobile home can be difficult. Some mobile homes might lack ductwork, ceiling vents, or floor vent. The lack of vents makes a window unit the only choice. Newer mobile homes that have a whole air conditioning unit installed just need replacing the unit outside the home.
Numerous mobile homes have crossover ducts which are big flexible ducts that go under the home. These ducts flow cool and warm air to even out the temperature inside the home. Most installers put these ducts in the crawl space because of limited ceiling or attic space.
Regrettably, this leaves the ducts prone to damage from rodents and water. Examine the crossover ducts for detached sections or leak if your mobile home’s vents are not giving out the amount of air they used to. You can also contact us at Rochester HVAC and let our experts inspect your ducts for you.