The Morco Heater
If you own a mobile home, then chances are the hot water is coming from a Morco water heater or from a Morco boiler.
The heater has been around for several years and has been adapted to many mobile homes over the years due to the reliability of the heater.
But it is sad to say that most have never been served or maintained.
The heater is like your home boiler, it also needs to be maintained to keep it in a good safe working condition.
Even if you only use the mobile home a few weeks out of the year, it should still be checked annually for safety.
So what does this imply?
The first thing we do is test for gas leaks, this is to show that there are no gas leaks before we start.
Now the rifle tube should be checked to ensure that the combustion products have been removed from the heater and are not spread into the room.
As the water heats up they tend to start to corrode, thus, checking the flue we expect any form of corrosion.
Make sure the fire is secure and not moving, making sure it is connected to the water heater properly and sealed.
The most important part now is to check the correct ventilation, ensuring that the air is clean and free of obstructions.
The heater is classified as an open heater and as such the water heater needs oxygen to burn properly, not enough oxygen and the water heater starts to release carbon monoxide into the room.
So keeping the wind clear is very important.
The pilot is checked to make sure he has a nice blue-yellow flame without yellow on him.
Once the carcass is removed from the water heater, a visual inspection is performed, the heater is then cleaned, removing all flies and dead insects.
The burner is checked to ensure that it is clean and that there is no damage.
Now check the heat exchanger to make sure no corrosion is present, then give it a good clean and make sure the combustion products can pass through.
Once the internal work has been done, the case is replaced and the water heater is operated to verify that the flame burns properly.
It should be a strong crisp blue flame, any signs of yellow indicating that the heater is not burning properly.
If you have the right Morco water heater in your mobile home and notice that the flame is yellow, stop using the water at once and call a gasoline-safe LPG engineer to check.
Once the service has been made visual, an inspection of the gas supply has been carried out, verifying that the gas supply pipe has an isolation valve.
We performed another gas tightness test and printed out the results.
If your Morco water heater starts to malfunction or you notice that the water is not as hot as it used to be, call your boiler engineer.
Depending on the age of the water heater may be more expensive, in the long run, to replace a new model.
Possibly the heaters are the same age as your mobile home and if it hasn’t been stored then a new model will be the best option.