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To Cover or Not to Cover Your Air Conditioner in the Fall

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When you’re prepping your home for the upcoming change of seasons, you may want to add “cover the air conditioning unit” on your to-do list. It’s true, your outdoor cooling unit is built to endure weather elements like rain, snow, and other harsh weather conditions. However, in Autumn, keeping out the falling leaves, twigs, seeds and other yard waste that is blowing around can be a good idea for keeping things from getting into your unit, collecting moisture and eventually causing rust and corrosion.

Cover – but don’t cover completely

That said, you only need to cover the top of your unit. It will not only help keep debris at bay, but will also help keep your coils cleaner, and prevent water from directly resting on your coils and freezing.

There is a right way and a wrong way to cover your unit. A proper cover should come down no more than about 6 inches, leaving room for any moisture inside to actually escape and evaporate. If you cover your unit completely, you could ironically end up trapping the rust and corrosion-causing moisture. Also, if it’s too well covered, you can actually create a mold problem.

Dangers of trapped moisture – Moisture is not the ideal environment for electrical windings, the wiring, or circuit boards in your air conditioning unit. In warmer times, the moisture can cause corrosion to these parts and others. During the coldest months, trapped moisture could cause your air conditioner’s condenser coils to freeze up, which can damage them over time.

The right cover – The good news is, it only takes something simple to do the job. For example, a sheet of plywood across the top will do most of the heavy lifting. It’s easy to find at any local hardware/lumber yard, and blocks most of those falling leaves, leaving the sides open to keep both moisture – and small animals out. Little creatures would love to find a completely covered unit where they can make a warm nest for the winter – but you would not love having them there! They not only create dirt and waste, but they are notorious for chewing up your wires for their bedding.

If you like a more esthetic cover, there are many retailers who provide AC top covers made of either vinyl or mesh. These are easy to install and remove and store during the summer.

Don’t forget Fall maintenance

Whether you decide to cover your air conditioning unit for the Fall or not, semi-annual maintenance by a trusted HVAC professional should definitely stay on the to-do list.

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Jim Smith
22:38 27 Feb 21
I called Drake HVAC on athursday night after my furnace would not work. The technician, Thomas, called back in few minutes to let me know he was available to come after the call he was currently on. When he arrived he quickly had the furnace starting again but shut it down to diagnose the problem. About an hour later he had options for that included a complete replacement of the system which thankfully was not necessary(it is 20 years old). The I did choose included the replacement of two components which he believed would take the weekend to get in. Fortunately, those parts were in the next day and Thomas returned to install them and clean the blower assembly which had 20 years of dust and debris(dryer lint) built up on it. Thomas was quick, efficient, courteous, and knowledgable, completing the job in a few hours. I am happy to say after a few days the unit is much quieter and I am comforted to have a reliable furnace.
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13:12 25 Feb 21
Always reliable, professional, and great communication. Highly recommend. Also had them return for duct cleaning. Tommy and John did a very thorough job.
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