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Furnaces – Introduction & Safety Suggestions

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…

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How Your Furnace Works

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…

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Furnace Startup Suggestions

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…

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How to light the pilot light

Gas furnaces are by nature dangerous. To make them work safely they are designed with a variety of clever systems that prevent accidents. Tampering with the safety systems is extremely dangerous. The pilot light in a furnace is the small flame that burns all the time. When you turn up the thermostat, the gas valve…

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Troubleshooting Furnace Problems

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….

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Gas Lines

Gas lines are made with black pipe which is available at any home improvement store; some will even cut to your request and thread it for you. There will always be a shut off where each gas line comes up through the floor leading to an appliance. Just past the shut off a flexible line…

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HVAC Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Furnace

The biggest problem I see with the HVAC system in mobile homes is that so many people work on various parts it is almost impossible to properly assign blame when things are wrong. The factory installs the furnace and ducts and makes provision in the wiring for an AC circuit. The AC installation contractor, who…

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Mobile Home Air Conditioning

Manufactured home air conditioning > Air conditioning in mobile homes is usually installed by an independent air conditioning contractor, although some dealers have their own crews to do this. Service calls about water in the heating ducts are not uncommon and mean the drain for the condensed water is not working properly. If you have…

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Evaporative Coolers

Those of you who live in humid climates will never have heard of these things, which are also commonly referred to as swamp coolers. In fact the employees at the manufacturing plants seldom have any idea why homes shipping to New Mexico or Arizona have a 14″ ceiling duct and a five way switch installed….

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Condensation

Condensation on the inside of windows has become an increasingly common problem in newer mobile homes. While the old homes were drafty and expensive to heat and cool because they leaked so much air, all that air movement took excess moisture from cooking and bathing out of the house. The new homes are sealed much…