06 Dec 2014

Should I cover my air conditioner

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Carrier Furnace Split SytemShould I cover my air conditioner

 

 

 

Should I cover my air conditioner is a very common question but not always an easy one to answer. The answer really depends on where you live and how often you use you system..

I am not going to keep you waiting for the answer…

The first answer to Should I cover my air conditioner? Is if your unsure do not do it…I have seen the wrong covers cause more damage to an air conditioner then mother nature could have ever done. The reason for this is many people use tarp material to cover everything outside..I do it! So the first thing they grab for is a tarp..Using a tarp will destroy the air conditioner over time. A tarp can not breath, there is no airflow and moisture gets trapped along with any rotting vegetation, bugs, rodents and remnants of acid rain.

Which brings me to my next point which will be to clean your unit before you go any further. The first thing you should do is disconnect the electric so that you dont accidentally turn the unit on while cleaning or forget and start the system with the cover on!Want to learn how to clean an air conditioner check out my video-http://ambientmechanicalsystems.com/how-to-diy-hvac/cleaning-air-conditioning-coils/

Once The coil is clean and dry you can now start to consider covering it, but before you do you may want to try this trick..Lightly Spray the outside painted surfaces and screws with WD-40 this will help protect them over the winter period when you are not using your system.

Which brings us to the last point which is, find either breathable material to use on your air conditioner or a fitted cover. There are a lot of them on the market.

But remember never use plastic or a tarp to cover your system.

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