Live in New England.
Lots of snow, ice, etc. around here in winter.
Do most of you folks use, or recommend, those plastic/rubberized
Air Conditioner covers for the outside A/C unit (Condenser) ?
Any drawbacks, like (possibly) moisture can't escape easily,and thereby
causes rust, etc ?
Thoughts on ?
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Curious. I quit covering mine. Get mixed results Googling.
This makes sense to me:
Central air conditioner, part 1: to cover or not to cover?
Your central air conditioning unit consists of a compressor and
condensing unit placed outdoors in a metal housing.
These units, built to resist the weather, generally do not need a cover.
In fact, covers can cause problems because
they trap moisture and create an inviting winter home for small animals.
Professionals who service the units tell me that most of the damage they
see in spring was caused by rodents living
in the units and chewing on wiring. If your air conditioner is subject
to falling ice or other debris,
you could cover its top with a piece of plywood, plastic or metal held
in place by a weight.
This is the right answer- a lid to keep out leaves and icicles falling
off the roof, but let the sides breathe. If it isn't wind-tight, animals
will not find it a pleasant place to camp over the winter.
re: "Our home-made wood cover..."
Somewhere, a long time ago, I found a piece of 1/2 plywood that was
warped into a gentle curve.
That piece, a short length of 2x4 and 2 bungee cords make the perfect
I center the 2x4 under the warped plywood and hook the bungees across
The water runs off, the snow melt runs off, the leaves run off, etc.
I get a lot of pine needles. Seems a shame to let it fill up with
'em and rot inside. Freezing rain collecting inside can't be good
I use a plastic garbage bag secured with a
bicycle inner-tube. Cut the plastic short on the backside under
the eave to let it breathe.
I also put a 10" deep metal pan upside down on top of that...
mostly cuz I had some metal and a burning desire to bend
and spot weld something.
Don't forget the sticker on the breaker lest someone
try to run it with the cover on.
re:"Don't forget the sticker on the breaker lest someone try to run it
with the cover on. "
2 related items:
1 - My unit has a disconnect plug outside the house right above the
unit. In the fall, when I put the wooden cover on, I flip the
disconnect plug over. You'd be hard pressed to turn on the unit
without noticing (and hopefully removing) the cover.
2 - I was doing some yard clean up a few years back and I heard a
strange high pitched noise coming from the house down the street. I
live on a very quiet street so it was really noticeable. I strolled
down the street and located the source:
The elderly lady down the block had turned on her AC without removing
the cover and the unit didn't like it at all. You should have felt the
blast of heat when I pulled the cover off. The noise slowly decreased
over the next 1/2 hour or so and as far as I know there were no long
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