The design and installation of HVAC units for mobile homes differ from that of systems intended for traditional homes. As a result, using and maintaining a HVAC system in a mobile home requires careful considerations. Let’s explore some of the common HVAC issues that you can encounter while living in a mobile home and how you can fix them.
Air leaks and blockages are a common occurrence in the ductwork of mobile homes. Due to limited space in these homes, most installers run crossover ducts in the crawl space. That leaves them vulnerable to damage by rodents and water. In some cases, the duct line is left open to a home’s underbelly cavity.
If you’re having indoor-comfort issues, you should have your ducts inspected for disconnected sections or leaks.
It’s easy to block the vents in a mobile home due to space limitations. That could lead to your HVAC system overheating or breaking down. Check all the registers and ensure they’re unobstructed and functioning properly.
Insulation problems are more prevalent in mobile homes than in conventional, permanent houses. Many older mobile homes tend to have only an inch of roof-cavity insulation. Adding more insulation to your mobile home’s roof is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve energy efficiency and save on heating and cooling costs. Other cooling measures that are effective for a mobile home in a hot climate like Yuma’s include installation of:
- Shade screens
- Window films
- Reflective roof coatings
Adding a New A/C Unit
Adding an A/C unit to a mobile home can be challenging. If the home lacks ductwork and ceiling or floor vents, then a self-contained air conditioner or window unit may be the only viable option. Newer homes that come with full A/C units already installed only require replacement of the outdoor unit and indoor coils, unless there’s damage to the ductwork or thermostat.
When purchasing an HVAC unit, make sure you get a model that’s safe for use within your mobile property. If you have any questions about the best HVAC units for use in mobile homes, contact Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company. We offer high-quality HVAC products and services to residents in Yuma and the surrounding areas.