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    Heat Pump Cabinet ( Coil Guards ) , Louvered Panels versus vs. Wire?

    Are wire guard systems more efficient?
    Which is better and why?
    Is it a functional feature?

    Finally,
    Is the difference notable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Istheretruth View Post
    • Are wire guard systems more efficient?
    • Which is better and why?
    • Is it a functional feature?

    Finally,
    Is the difference notable?
    Just my opinion, but I think you find the wire guard on more inexpensive condensers like Ducane or Payne. Even Goodman now has slotted condenser housings.

    I would think that the wire guard provides less protection for the condenser coils (more open space in between wires).

    I believe it's a way for manufacturers to reduce costs.

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    Wire guard would be much cheaper to produce than stamped steel and provide less protection... if any. I can throw a baseball at my Trane and do no damage, doing the same on my old my old bryant would leave a nice baseball size dent in the fins.

    That being said, the Tranes require more protection because the spin fin coils bend more easily and are more difficult to straighten back out. A wire guard isn't really an option.

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    The main difference I've found outside of the obvious protection issue is that the louvers seem to promote impaction of dust, dirt and debris apparently because of the increased velocity of intake air through the louver.
    A good HVAC tech knows how, an educated HVAC tech knows why!

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    Are wire guard systems more efficient?

    The difference in efficiency is minimal,and reflected in the SEER,etc., rating of the unit.So if both are 15SEER ,no difference.


    Which is better and why?

    Louvers provide more protection,which may or may not be needed.


    Is it a functional feature?

    Protection versus easy cleaning of the coil,and being able to easily see if leaves,clipping,etc., is being built up on the coil.

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