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    Question Air Conditioning Compressor clearance

    I have two Goodman compressors behind my house. The wife wants me to build a fence around it as they are next to my patio. I need to know the minimum side clearance to the fence.

    The fence will allow decent airflow. The slats will be 1 x 6 with about 4" between them, and the fence will be about 42" high. The units are about 18" from the back of the house. I was considering 18" of side clearance.

    Also, will a covering over the top, 6 feet high affect the ventilation ? I could easily build it without a cover. We get many leaves there in the fall.


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    Quote Originally Posted by h90943 View Post
    I have two Goodman compressors behind my house. The wife wants me to build a fence around it as they are next to my patio. I need to know the minimum side clearance to the fence.

    The fence will allow decent airflow. The slats will be 1 x 6 with about 4" between them, and the fence will be about 42" high. The units are about 18" from the back of the house. I was considering 18" of side clearance.

    Also, will a covering over the top, 6 feet high affect the ventilation ? I could easily build it without a cover. We get many leaves there in the fall.

    wouldn't do a cover!!! it will cause recirculation and that will ruin your performance and efficiency

    have system serviced for leafy removal should have it serviced at least once a year
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    I am NOT an AC Tech...just a homeowner...

    Since your condensors are right next to your patio....I would think that NOISE might be a consideration. We have a wooden fence some distance from our condensors and I notice that the echo off the fence makes the condensors sound a tad noisier than they actually are. I would think that boxing them with cedar/pt 1x6 in a closer vicinity would create a real echo chamber. It might make things look nicer but....you would likely not enjoy the increased noise when you were out on your patio.

    Perhaps large open lattice?

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    Ask you hvac tech about getting sound blankets for the compressors. will cut the noise from compressors a tad.

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