Covering your air conditioner
- Can keep leaves, branches and debris out of the unit. While this is cleaned out during spring maintenance, it can cause issues between visits.
- Can protect the condenser from snow, ice, and hail damage.
- Can trap moisture in the condenser and cause rusting and electronic part failure.
- Rodents and small animals can nest in the condenser and chew wires which could cause damage to critical (and expensive) parts.
- Use a cover that only covers the top of the condenser.
- Be sure to take the cover OFF in the Spring!
- Use a cover that completely covers the condenser and can trap moisture and invite animals to nest inside.
- Don’t forget to take the cover OFF in the Spring!
Protect Your Air Conditioner
During my years as a service technician, I have seen customers go to various lengths to protect their air conditioners during the winter months – some simple, some elaborate. Some homemade, some store bought.
It is my opinion, based one part on experience and one part in practicality, that if you cover your air conditioner, you should do it correctly.
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, this can be as simple as putting a piece of plywood over the top of the air conditioner or taking a screen mesh and weighing it down with some bricks.
If you prefer to go the store-bought route, there are a variety of online vendors that sell several styles. As stated above, it is recommended to NOT cover the entire air conditioner and only cover the top. Fortunately, that style tends to be less expensive.
As in all things, a little common sense goes a long way here. If your condenser is protected from the elements due to location, construction, or just good luck then you probably don’t need to cover it.
If your condenser is under a Crepe Myrtle, Pine or Oak tree or tends to get a lot of water runoff during the winter, the small upfront cost of any kind of cover may prevent issues and repairs down the road! If you have any questions about any of this, please call us at 803-794-5526