When winter comes, do you know how to properly protect your air conditioner condenser, part of your split-system A/C that’s located outside your house? Some New Jersey homeowners think covering the exterior unit is a good idea, but this is one maintenance tip you should re-evaluate. Learn more about covering your air conditioner condenser for the winter below.

Many companies sell covers that completely encase your air conditioning unit. Lots of homeowners think these products must be recommended for use; why else would they be available? In reality, many reputable HVAC technicians will tell you that these types of covers should not be used.

Using a cover that encloses your air conditioner can cause excess moisture to build up in your unit. Unwanted moisture can cause all sorts of problems to components housed within the condenser, including rust, corrosion, mold, and mildew.

The last thing you want next spring is to uncover your air conditioner condenser to find it has been damaged, not protected. Another reason you should not use a cover that completely encloses the condenser is that the covering will make a nice winter home for all sorts of creatures. Don’t encourage wildlife to set up camp in your air conditioner this winter.

While some HVAC technicians will tell you that your air conditioner condenser doesn’t need a cover at all, others say you can provide a basic level of protection from the elements by simply laying a sturdy piece of plywood across the top of the condensing unit, weighted down by a couple of bricks. Some custom-made covers are OK as well, provided they have openings for ventilation to prevent moisture buildup.
When in doubt, it’s best to ask your HVAC technician for advice on covering your air conditioners outside the unit. Call Pipe Works Services today for more information on maintaining and optimizing your heating and cooling equipment.

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