You winterize mobile home windows by stopping air leaks and increasing the insulation (R-factor). Use caulk and foam insulation tape to seal every place you can feel cold air coming in. Caulk around the windows both inside and outside until you can no longer find drafts. Use spray foam to fill larger gaps. Use foam
When mobile homes are built they are constructed with the floor insulation lying on top the belly paper with the water lines and heat ducts above them. This way the heat from the house keeps lines from freezing and heat from being lost. However, they use roll insulation and it is possible for voids and
Furnaces are dangerous!! Some repairs can safely be done by a homeowner, but anything involving the gas lines or gas valve should be turned over to a professional! Does your furnace look like this? These old furnaces are still in use in some older mobile homes. However, after 30 or more years of service the
When you decide the house is too cold, you walk to the thermostat and increase the temperature. In the old days, that meant you slid a lever on a mechanical thermostat. You will hear/feel a click when the switch inside the thermostat closes. On newer homes, the thermostat may be a digital model. In any
Mobile home furnaces, especially the newer high efficiency ones, are designed to get the most heat possible from the fuel they burn. This is important with the way gas prices have increased. It is only possible if the furnace is cleaned and kept in good condition. The “squirrel cage” fan used in furnaces looses efficiency
Pilot won’t stay lit. Hold down the button, light, hold for a minute, let up. If the pilot goes out, it’s the thermocouple. This is a $7 part. Pilot stays on but the furnace doesn’t come on, step 1. Do you hear a click when you raise the thermostat setting? If no, the transformer failed.
Frozen sewer lines are a mess. Fortunately, they don’t happen as often as frozen water lines. It is very hard to use a torch on 4″ ABS pipe without damaging it, and the volume of ice requires LOTS of heat to unthaw. My least messy, least dangerous, but slow approach was to attach heat tape