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Old 10-19-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Cover for outside ac fan/compressor?


I am not sure exactly what the outside portion of my ac is called. Is it a fan or compressor portion? Anyway I have a older carrier ac unit and it didn't come with a cover when I bought the house but how important is it to cover it? Hasn't affected it so far it seems. It's just starting to rust on the grates is all.

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it is called the condenser.

no need to cover it unless you get more than 1 foot of snow on top of it. they are designed to run in the rain and are weatherproof. Cheap blue tarp from HDepot if it makes U feel better.

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it is called the condenser.

no need to cover it unless you get more than 1 foot of snow on top of it. they are designed to run in the rain and are weatherproof. Cheap blue tarp from HDepot if it makes U feel better.
My dad always told me that it is ok to cover the top and part way down the sides but not the entire thing because it can then trap moisture inside and cause more corrosion at an accelerated rate. Not sure if that is true or not but I've always told customers to put some OSB or Ply Wood over the top to prevent leaves and other crud from getting in then roll up your garden hose and store on top of wood to weigh it down. And if they are really concerned they can wrap something like a blue tarp around it but leave the bottom 9to 12 inches exposed.
However I personally only put the wood and hose on top to keep leaves out. Plus it helps me know where the hose is under several feet of snow
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a cover causes more harm than good... put a piece of plywood on it and a rock to hold plywood down.... seen lots of corroded ones from moisture if cover does not get removed in time....
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