Re: Cover for AC Condensing Unit
I have new HVAC in my home. It includes a new outside
(Condensing) Unit. The old one rusted to hell-and-gone
due to exposure to sun, etc.
I'd like to build/make a cover to protect it from the
elements in the off-season (winter).
Unit is about 25 x 27 " (rectangular top), about 24 " hi.
Would be nice if covered to bottom, but I'd settle for
a cover over the top 12 " of the unit.
I am drawing a blank on what materials to use.
Anybody invented/tested this wheel?
Put a fucking tarp over it then, and secure it with bungees....
Fucking idiot, apparently doesnt realize 1/2 the country operates their
condensor in reverse mode as heat pump much of the season with no ill
Wind, snow...ice--friggin husky weewee, even
==========================Well I sure as the devil do not either...
BUT that is how I protect my outside unit....
Only attempting to keep out leaves and allow air to circulate..
Both my sons are in the heating and a/c business they both
told me that 99 percent of the units they see with rust problems are
the ones whixch are covered ...
I use a pretty "rock" to hold the plywiid down ...lol
That cinches it: I'm not going to cover my new unit, either.
I am replacing a 1991 WattGobbler<tm> condensing unit that has NEVER been
covered - and it has never missed a beat OR rusted.
Convince me that there exists a viable and CONVENIENT way to keep out
cottonwood tree "cotton" and I'll consider it.
Hehehe! Nice try but NO cigar, Slick. :)
I specified (and emphasized) "convenient".
An army of chain-saw-wielding maniacs, given a few months, might make a minor
DENT in the cottonwood tree population nearby, but not enough to help free my
A.C. fins from clogging.
Cottonwood is indigenous to this area. Those that live to be >150-years old
grow HUGE enough that professionals use a CRANE to fell them. It is the
unfortunate property owner indeed that must pay THOUSANDS of $$ to have a big
one removed. Most are on public property, along creek beds and floodways.
Every few years, when there is a particularly big "cotton" release, it can
appear as though it has SNOWED - in July.
Actually, I'm located in the columbia river basin, and so there's quite a
few em here too..but for some reason, they really don't present much of a
problem with our heat pumps.
Maybe its the high humidity causes them to deteriorate rapidly or something.
just as cars in many parts of the country used to rust bad and rot away
by being only 6 or 7 years old, and today seemingly go forever if not
scratched or dented the same thing has occured to other exposed steeel
The steel is better quality, and galavanized and protected better. all
this euuals little rust.
I would leave it uncovered, just placing anyting on top of the unit
then weighted down may lead to small scratches, turning into rust
later. wind can cause vibration leading to scratching the finish. baked
on enamel paints are so much better today too.
but hey if covering makes you happy go for it!
If you remove the condenser's cover every few years,clean and paint it
then it won't rust. This is routine maintenance. Putting a structure over
the condenser just creates another structure that requires routine
This is pert near what I tried with the old one.
It didn't work. Rusted a bunch. Surface prep was
a severe PITA. Rust would bleed back thru after
It can, yes. but it can also preserve the unit. You wouldn't think it
in MO, but the sun out there deteriorates most anything muy pronto.
What I'd like is to find good cheap material, make one. If it's
trashed in, say, 5 years, pitch it and make another. Etc, etc.
So far the only candidates are awning grade canvas and plywood.
I might consider maybe something like phenolic if it wasn't
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