There is no major functional difference between a mobile home furnace and the standard type of electric furnace. The major differences are perhaps the size, and operational capacity, since mobile home furnaces basically have a smaller space to heat up in general. The other major difference is that perhaps mobile home versions may have both an AC and DC input that the user can choose from depending on his own convenience and usage desires and preferences. Depending on the design and space allocated for the furnace installation on your mobile home you might want to do some research before buying a particular model. However, most of our focus in this article regards furnace installation. Below are a few DYI tips for mobile home electric furnace installation that you can use a guide.
Step 1: Examining Old Furnace
You could be upgrading your current furnace with a newer model or simply replacing a faulty one with a new installation. The best way to start is to fist examine the existing/old furnace and shut down the power source at the unit. Also, shut down power supply from the central unit of your mobile home. Next, take a close look at the power cords that connect to the furnace. In some cases, you will have to replace the cords along with yo0ur new furnace. In most cases, however, exhaust and intake hoses/ducts are connected to the mobile home and may not require removal or replacement along with the current unit. Remove the old furnace; carry the cords, and also any of the hoses that connect directly to the furnace that happens to be damaged.
Step 2: Removing the Existing Furnace
After removing the electrical cords with the power off use appropriate tools such as the screwdriver and pliers to loosen any fastened nuts and screws. You may also need to examine the electrical adapters and connection points for damage using a volt meter. If you detect flaws in these, you may also need to purchase replacement parts for them. Carry the essential components with you to a mobile home parts store to buy your electric furnace.
Step 3: Mount the Replacement Furnace into Place
Once you’ve bought the right electric furnace for your mobile home, it’s time to install it into place. The new furnaces should basically occupy the space in which the old unit was. It should fit well without being too tight or too loose into space. The connection points should be at the back of the furnace. Locate them and match them up with the electrical connections from your mobile home. Of course, the power should still be off at this point. Fit the electrical connections into place and tighten any mounting screws or nuts using your wrench and screwdriver as appropriate.
Step 4: Test the Newly Installed Furnace
Turn the central power on and switch the furnace on. Give it a few minutes to an hour before returning to check how it’s performing. If upon testing, the unit is functioning and producing heat well, good for you, you’re done! If it doesn’t, the best possible solution from there would be top call an expert HVAC technician to have your mobile home furnace installed professionally.