As in any modern home, there are many possible types of heat installations. Yours may be on of these:
1. Gas (either Natural or Liquid Petroleum Gas).
2. Electric (either Forced Air or Baseboard).
A manual covering maintenance and operating instruction will be found with your heating and/or air conditioning unit. If not, request one from the appliance manufacturer. Be sure to provide the appliance model number, which can be found on the name plate located on the appliance.
The thermostat control of the heating/cooling system can be set to maintain the desired temperature. Special attention should be given to its regulation, and the instructions provided by the appliance manufacturer should be followed regarding the operation and warranty.
Central heating and cooling systems require a return air system to function properly. When the blower is operating it forces conditioned air from the appliance through the duct system and into your manufactured home. To balance and compensate for that pressure, the heating and cooling system must pull or draw return air from you home back into the appliance, thus, providing a balanced flow of air throughout your home, with the systems blower acting as a pump.
Do not try to block or seal the main return air grill as this will cause you heating and cooling appliance not to work properly, and your home will not be heated or cooled. Replace the return air filter regularly to prevent it from becoming clogged, as this will also restrict the amount of return air provided to your heating and cooling system.
Never use the furnace of the return air compartment for storage, even if the system is not in use. The return air system is just as important to an electric forced air heating and cooling system as it is to the gas or oil furnaces. Therefore, this return air system must be kept free of obstructions at all times for you system to perform at its peak.
In most cases your Jacobsen Home has been shipped without the heating and cooling system. This equipment may be installed on site by your retailer or installer. Heat pumps, central air conditioning, or other combinations of heating and cooling systems may be used. When sizing the equipment, your installer should refer to the heating and/or comfort cooling certificate and information for heat gain calculations. Make sure that your retailer or installer uses equipment which is listed or labeled for manufactured homes, and is installed in accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions. The appliance must be listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as: Underwriters Laboratory (UL), Pittsburgh Testing Laboratories, or the American Gas Association. Be sure to read all instructions provided by the manufacturer before turning on the system (including those for the care of the filter). The filter must be replaced periodically as the manufacturer recommends. Follow all recommended maintenance tips.
The thermostat should be installed in a manner which prevents the simultaneous operation of both the heating and the cooling systems. If ever the unit should fail to operate, check the breaker box first. If the breaker has tripped, and you cannot determine the reason for the tripped breaker, contact the representative who provides service for the heating and cooling system. Do not attempt to operate the unit again without appropriate repairs. If there is a warranty refer to its provisions.
If your home has a gas, electric, or oil central forced air furnace, the following general maintenance applies:
1. Filters must be kept clean by washing or replacing them frequently.
2. A competent heating service representative should check the furnace one a year and make necessary repairs.
Gas Furnace Maintenance:
A qualified service representative should inspect the furnace each fall for leaks and other possible problems.