Just bought a cover for the winter. Then my mother tells me she heard you
should never cover it up, that it traps moisture. It says it prevents
moisture buildup, rust, etc.
Come to think of it, I've never seen any other air conditioners covered. Is
this a gimmick? Any opinions will be appreciated.
Most manufacturers today use finishes on their cabinets that withstand the
elements and won't rust (I said MOST). One thing I have noticed is that the
units that customers DO put covers on will stay looking new longer than the
ones that do not. Yes, covers WILL hold in moisture and may cause you damage
to the electrical components in the unit. The best cover would be one that
allows air to flow through, so you would want one that maybe has a 6 inch
opening at the bottom. I've seen some covers people paid WAY too much money
for because they were supposedly "custom fitted" for their particular unit.
A small tarp and bungy cors work just as well.
Not very pretty, but the best one I have seen was a piece of plywood with a
brick on it. Simple, yes. But it kept the leaves and debris out of the unit.
===============Both my sons are HVAC types...and when I purchased a cover a few years
ago for my a/c unit BOTH gave me holy hell...
I listened to them...and
Now use the 2x2 piece of plywood & a couple of bricks...
If you have ice cubes dropping from off the roof of your home or other
buildings, I would build something with a slanted plyboard to protect
Always leave sufficient space at the top of the condenser so that air
can circulate up through the condenser.
Also, keep snow from piling up around the condenser's coils, keep it
open for circulation of air through the condenser.
Never use a tight cover that closes off air circulation through the
condenser. - udarrell
PROPER A/C UNIT & DUCT SIZING ESSENTIAL for EFFICIENCY & BTUH PERFORMANCE
It's fine to cover one as long as you remember to remove the cover
during the ac season. Only thing it really does is keeps leaves out of
the condensor. This is a good thing because too many leaves in the
bottom will play havoc with the refrigerant dynamics.
Without fail, every AC unit I have seen where the customer covers it in the
winter, has corroded electrical components inside. The outer housing looks
great, but inside is a different story. cover it with a piece of plywood and
a brick at the most.
Everyone so far has offered good advice. What I haven't seen suggested
is something that is fairly common in my neighborhood, window screens.
Some people make 2x4 frames to hold a piece of screen and to provide
weight to hold it in place. Many of these are left on the unit year
round with no operational problems. Use a big mesh though for year round
use. Others use an aluminum framed screen with a brick in the middle ot
hold it in place. Other's still screen in the entire unit to prevent
pine needle accumulation. Pine needles are especially a pain in the ass
to remove from the coil. HTH. BTW, I don't recommend that the exhausted
airflow be restricted at all when the unit is running because this'll
cost you on the electric bill, but with a larger mesh you can get by
with it without causing system problems.
It is Not good to cover it as this traps moisture and promotes
rusting. they are made to be outside.
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I made a mini gable roof using plywood scraps and left-over shingles to
cover it. Looks good, keeps leaves and other things out during the off
season. The point about allowing for air circulation didn't occur to
me when I built it. I will be putting some holes in the gable ends.
On Sun, 18 Dec 2005 19:08:53 -0800, Harry K wrote:
I just use a scrap of 2x4 and plywood to slope the top away from the
house. Then I use bungie cords to tie down the plastic covers made for
ACs. The covers are open on the bottom, so water won't be trapped. OTOH,
these are thru-the-wall units.
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