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Old 12-07-2011, 02:40 AM   #1
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Covering AC for the winter? What to use?


Heading into my first winter in the new house and have a question about my central AC unit (Trane XE1000).

I can't seem to find a straight answer about what I need to do to prepare the unit for the winter. The previous owner left a tarp style AC cover in the shed, but I have read in my research that those are bad to use because there's no airflow so moisture builds up inside, rusting it out faster.

I've seen lots of products like http://www.accovers.com/ and http://www.koolkap.com/ which claim to do a better job of covering it properly.

I've also read that you should just leave it uncovered as it was built to handle being outside in the elements.

What do you guys do?

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Old 12-07-2011, 07:23 AM   #2
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This question asked 10 times would draw 10 different answers, here is what I do, i take a piece of plywood (about 2 ft sq.) that I have painted with outdoor paint that matches my siding. I place it on top of my condenser and then place a landscape brick on top of that to keep it from blowing off......thats it !

The century's old question is to cover or not to cover......This is what have been telling my customers for over 30 years, If you have tree's or a lot of snow in your area cover as i previously mentioned, if not then don't. If its going to make YOU feel better then cover it.

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Old 12-07-2011, 10:34 AM   #3
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everything from a garbage can cover and brickon top...to wrap it up .the main thing is keeping the sitting snow laying on top during the winter then melts down into the condenser motor if you cover it you will never lose one to snow melt with bearings or burn out.i would wrap it keeping the snow drifting off the frame and coils...might consider adding a low wattage crank case heater for winter shutdown
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I agree with harleyrider just a piece of wood if anything. If you wrap it real tight with plastic it will have moisture inside rotting away the controls and motor.

They belong outside that's what their made for. Never lost a unit in 40 years from not being covered, but seen quite a few rusted and rotted out from condensation and moisture eating away at it.

OH! seen many that were turned on in the summer where the owner forgot about the cover.
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I always say never cover up the unit and tell you way. When you have that big party with lots of people like Superbowl. One of those good old friends will go turn on the ac with out you knowing it. Then when that ac is running with cover on it. The head pressures will go through the roof then BOOM!!! You just got a new compressor.
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I just took a old shower curtain, that was just large enough to hang over the top edge about 4 to 5 inches, then secured that with a couple of bungee cords. No need to completely cover on all sides.
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Would something like the "Kool Kap" be good? Looks like it just covers the top of the unit.
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I say nope
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How come?
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kool caps often dont open far enough to allow for proper air flow. If you want to cover it, only cover the top.
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I also only cover the top. I have a Rheem 3.5 ton unit though so it is a big rectangle not a nice tower.

And to solve the problem with the friends at the super bowl party... Don't have people over<.< >.> LOL
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And to solve the problem about covering your a/c, MOVE!
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I'm really starting to like the answers.

I once knew a guy with a boat he was a freaking nut about washing the bottom, I said to him one time it's OK for the boat to be a little dirty on the bottom, didn't see him much after that.

I think I will go now and wash the bottom of my shoes and my car tires where they touch the road.

Bottom line is some things are designed to be outside, in water, touching dirt, ETC, ETC. Don't loose any sleep over covering your condenser.
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So I don't need to wash my driveway?
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remove the Y off the stat to secure the Condenser during the winter.cut a 3/4 sheet of plywood the diameter of the top of the condenser a cinder block on top your done...or i would cover that thing up and even tip it to tuck the cover under the condenser all around

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