Air Conditioner Cover???

MileHighDivaOctober 26, 2011

I bought an Air Conditioner in September, during an end of season sale. The company that I bought it from told me that I don't need a cover when I asked about it. They stated, AC units are built to withstand wind and snow etc. Just to hose it off at the end of spring.

We had our first snowstorm over the past 24 hours, so it's too late for me to prevent tons of snow getting on/in it.

One of the companies I got a bid from said a cover can damage the unit. I just want to protect my investment. They have tons of them on Amazon.

What are the pros and cons of using an AC cover? Please advise!

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I use a 'temporary' cover (over exhaust fan) to prevent falling leaves to enter.

Using a full cover can create a nice cozy spot for critters to winter-over.

Outdoor units need to breathe.`-+

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 8:51AM
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On the surface those covers seem like a no brainer.

However, I agree with V.

A compromise that I like is to get a sized piece of plywood to cover the AC condenser top and place a cinder block on the plywood to stabilize.

This stops the leaves, snow, and ice yet let's the condenser breath without collecting condensation.

Just an idea.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 9:09AM
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In most climates, covers on anything outdoors, cars, AC units, patio furniture, need to be able to release moisture at the top of the cover. Water vapor is less dense than air so it rises into an enclosure and concentrates. If the covers can't breathe, you get a rain forest climate going in there. Excessive moisture accumulates and can cause corrosion.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 1:16PM
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Thank you for the replies! I might try this:

It only covers the top and it's mesh. But, before I order I'll measure the unit and see how much it will cost for the local hardware store to create a plywood top as suggested by tigerdune.

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 7:31PM
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You might check your local home center. I have seen odd- sized sheets of plywood or strand board (much cheaper).


    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 2:14PM
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