The plywood and bungee cords are stored under my deck, within 15' of
the condenser. Getting it "out of storage" is really no big deal.
"bungee cords *and* turnbuckles"? Come on!
2 bungees, a total of 4 hooks. How much trouble is that?
Rarely if ever, in my neck of the woods, do we get swings of that
range. Once it's covered, it's not used until the next spring. If we
get a January thaw (which would never reach 82 anyway) I can live
without the AC for a day or two or more. Even if I wanted to uncover
it, once again, it's only 2 bungee cords.
Just above my condenser is a disconnect box. Before I clean and cover
the condenser in the fall, I remove the disconnect plunger and insert
it in the OFF position. I couldn't turn on the condenser unless I
reach over the covered condenser, open the disconnect box and remove
and reinsert the plunger. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to notice the
plywood and bungee cords.
Covering the top of condensers during our long hard winters is pretty
common in my area.
Those people are the same nutcakes that put cutesy little sweaters and
booties on their dogs when they take them for a walk. Don't cover your
AC/condenser unless you want people to think you're a nutcake too.
You bring up a good point. I wonder...
Would it be practical to crochet a cutsie condensing-unit cozy?
On the other hand, "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" (title of a
book by Richard P. Feynman, Nobel Prize, Physics, 1965).
Does it cover the entire unit or just the top or go just
part way down the sides? If they cover the whole thing,
then I'd say they are nuts, as well as way overpriced
compared to similar eqpt. I'd want some airflow under
the cover to prevent moisture accumulating.
It has a big Carrier logo on the top and slip over all sides leaving
about a foot from bottom exposing service access, wiring entry, etc.
Feels like thin cushion. In winter I use it to keep snow flakes,
leaves out keeping power applied to it.
On Tue, 17 Jan 2012 09:44:27 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
When mine were starting to rust, I removed them and painted them with
aerosol car paint to match part of my house. Mink Brown iirc. I
also painted the AC electric box on the side of the house,and the box
around the electric meter. They all looked great.
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