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Should I cover my air conditioner during the winter months?

There is no need to cover your air conditioner during the winter months. An uncovered unit allows air to flow through the unit so moisture doesn’t build up. In addition, this equipment is designed to work outdoors, exposed to heat, cold, wind, rain, snow and other elements.

During winter, a tightly covered air conditioner does not allow air to flow through it. This promotes condensation and causes rust and other deterioration.

If you insist on covering your air conditioner for the winter, try these helpful tips:

  • Shut off the breaker to the air conditioning unit. If you accidently turn on the unit while tightly covered, it could damage the compressor.
  • Cover only the top of the A/C unit
  • Or, cover only one-third of the A/C unit, allowing air flow through the unit
  • Put the cover on late in the fall and take it off early in the spring

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Reader Comments (4)

yeah for me I think it is better if you are going to cover the air conditioner during winter season especially if that is going to be covered by ice then

I think that covering your unit during the extreme weather conditions of the winter time will help keep your unit safe and sound during that time. After you are ready to take the cover off, I would recommend getting some ac service done because you won't know how your unit will run after it has been through all of the tough weather that may or may not have gone on during that time.

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChase Howard

Great information.i hope you will write another good post

Thanks for sharing informative read regading AC care.

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