just wondering if i should put a cover over my air conditioner for my
i have seen some people put the covers on, but someone told me the best
thing to do is just put a piece of wood over the top, and let the rest
whats your opinions?
I do it to mine to keep fall leaves out, snow and water off. It also
helps if any ice might fall off of your roof if you have that problem.
You do have a small risk of making a comfy home for a rodent, but for
the most part you are only helping the unit.
AC compressor should be on some sort of poured slab. Slab should be thick
enough not to walk or crack. Compressor should be bolted to the slab in
some fashion connecting its frame to the slab. Slab should be far enough
away from the house to avoid rain and snow from the house roof. Avoid
putting any cover over it as the internals may deteriorate more quickly due
to contained moisture content.
What about the spring and summer rains?
Like Dan said, they're engineered to get wet AND to dry out quickly.
If you put a cover on it you will defeat the ability to dry out and rust
will set in from all the moisture trapped inside
The only reason to put a cover over (not touching the top of the unit) would
be to keep debris like leaves, pine needles and sticks from getting in and
causing the bottom to rust if not removed.
I'm not a role model, and up until the last year or so I didn't have
I live in Baltimore. Plenty of rain and fairly high humidity at least
half of the year. I never did anything, and about 15 years into it,
I had some left over spray paint that matched my previous car. So I
took off the AC covers and painted the dull grey to be Chrysler glossy
mink brown. I painted the outdoor AC fuse box too. It looked great
and they basically match the house, although the house is flat and not
glossy.. I painted the electric meter box with the house paint., and
it looks good too.
After 24 years, there is no rust in the floor of the compressor and
only the tiniest bit of rust on the edge or corner of a cover panel or
two. In 5 or 10 more years, I'll paint it again.
What I do regret is not trying to bolt the compressor to the slab when
I first bought the house. It's moved about 5 inches in the last 25
years and is now at an angle, and sticks a little over the slab's edge
at one corner. I'm convinced that if I push it back, it will cause a
leak in one of the two main pipes..
I only use the AC about one month a year so it should last a another 5
or 10 or 20 years. The next compressor I'm going to bolt to the slab.
The collar on the plastic motor cover broke off several years ago.
Sunlight I guess. It rattled until it got up to speed. After a year
or two, I replaced it with a cover from a neighbor's unit when he got
a new one. No more problem (I also kept his capacitor and his fan
motor in case those fail.)
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
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