In harsh winters, it might well be akin to a death sentence if one cannot find a good source of warmth in a manufactured home to rely on. At the very least, but homeowners would be terribly inconvenienced if the furnace were to malfunction, especially during winter. To avoid this, understanding the intricacies and standards in heating maintenance for manufactured homes is necessary. Not only do you have efficacy to be concerned about, irregular maintenance can also create safety breaches that threaten you and your family.
Many routine maintenance tasks can be undertaken by yourself, but certain procedures will call for qualified professionals. In this guide, we’ll let you know which the case is depending on the problem. As a standard, most furnace manufacturers recommend a professional inspection of safety controls, fuel lines, burner, and flue pipes annually. Some utility companies provide free inspections, so be sure to check with yours.
Inspect the Blower Motor
Firstly, check on your blower motor. Remove any accumulated dirt with a vacuum and inspect the V-belt and pulleys for any signs of wear and tear. Tighten the belt if it moves more than an inch when nudged. Also check your air-intake. Keep four to six vents in the skirting open to allow combusted air to flow.
Inspect the Flue Assembly
Inspect your flue assembly for rigidity and alignment. Ensure that the flue is still attached to the furnace collar. The whole thing should go in a straight line from the head of the furnace through into the ceiling. To reduce the risk of fires, remove any loose wiring in the flue area or secure it away from the flue assembly.
Inspect the Furnace Filters
You should aim to replace disposable furnace filters at least once every one or two years. If you have a permanent filter, remove, and wash it even more regularly. You can either vacuum or brush them to remove dirt or debris that might hamper the furnace’s functioning. Do the same for the thermostat after removing its cover. Double-check the furnace’s main exhaust vent and remove any build-up of unwanted debris such as leaves or animal nests. With the same idea, keep the roof vents clear of built-up snow.
Clear Fire Hazards
Perform regular checks and clean out any debris in the furnace area. Do not use your furnace to dry clothes or as a cupboard. Even a few items could cause a fire.
Place Fireproofing Material
Replace the carpeting in your furnace compartment with fireproof material if it is not already installed. Wire meshes are supposed to be built in to put a stop to any ideas to use it as storage. If yours has been removed, consider replacing it.
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