Should You Cover Your AC Unit In Winter (Why & Why Not To Cover?)

Should You Cover Your AC Unit In Winter

So winter is coming and you’re worried about whether you should cover your air conditioner unit or not. Most of the time people cover their ac units and it ends up costing more harm than good.

So is there any way to cover your ac unit? And how can you protect your ac unit in winters?

So In this article, I have given all the answers to whether you should cover your ac unit in winter or not. And what are the problems that can occur due to covering your unit? How you can cover your ac unit?  

Why You Should Not Cover Your Air Conditioner?

If you cover your air conditioner unit for the winter either you put a piece of plywood on top of it or you have that wrap where you wrap it all up. So I want to tell you one thing that the ac is meant to be outside.

A little rain, snow, or thunderstorm is not going to hurt it. I’m saying from my experience that snow and rain don’t affect your air conditioner cosmetically that much. It’ll not rust as fast as you think and it’ll also not take any damage operationally.

Almost all the central air conditioner is made up of high-quality material. And they tend to last many years even if operated in harsh conditions. 

Covered AC is A House For Little Animals  

Most of the time our condenser unit is placed on the backyard side where there are trees and animals. So if you cover your air conditioner unit in winter. By covering, I mean packing the whole thing up.

Then my friend you should know that you’re building a paradise house for the animals. Since it is covered whatever animal will get in there will feel warm and they’ll try to build their nest there.

Most of the time people cover their whole ac unit in winter and when they open it in summer. Most of the time you’ll see a bunch of mice and other insects nest in there.

And speaking from my experience they most likely have chewed your wires and jammed other parts. So now you need to spend more money on repairing the whole ac unit. And also cleaning all that animal mess is pretty disgusting you’ll have to call a cleaner for that also. So make sure that you don’t cover your ac unit in the winter.

How should you cover your ac unit?

Another thing I would like to mention is that if you have icicles forming on the top of your roof. Then you should put some kind of cover on the top of your ac unit.

You can just put plywood or any other cover that’ll save your ac unit from icicles. I have been in a situation where a big icicle fell on the top of my air conditioner and the whole motor part was damaged.

So make sure you cover your ac unit’s upper part with some cover if you have icicle forming on the roof. I personally don’t cover my air conditioner unit but I do take precautions against the icicles. I just put a piece of hard plywood on the top of my ac unit. You can try it too. 

Did you cover Your AC But It still Rust?

So you have built a custom cover for your ac or bought it from somewhere. You have covered your ac properly but it still rusting why? So this happens because most of the time people get plastic covers for covering their ac units.

These plastic covers don’t allow air and water to pass hence the moisture keeps building inside the ac and it can rust your unit. Moisture can also cause damage to your condenser coil over time.

If you’re going to cover your unit nonetheless make sure you get a breathable material cover and it should not cover your whole unit.   

Should you cover your RV air conditioner?

Most of the RV air conditioners are made up of premium-grade plastic material. As you know plastic doesn’t get rust or lose any of its property due to water or snow. So you should not cover your RV air conditioner.

If you decide to cover it then it can attract some insects or little animals and it can cause problems. You just need to make sure that you check your RV ac every now and then. Make sure it doesn’t get too plugged up or it doesn’t have any insect or other things. 

Also, Check Our Ac Repair guide: Most reported problems with DIY Solution

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