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  1. #1
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    Hello everyone: This may seem like an over-simplization for a question, but, I would like to run it by you guy's anyways. A friend told me today that he was told by the people that he bought his central air condioner from to not cover the outdoor unit in the winter as it can corrode the contacts etc, that it should be left uncovered so it can breathe. Which is the best way? Could I have some opinions, please

    Thorton

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    They are made to brave the elements. If you have alot of foliage above or near to it, then cover the top two thirds of it to keep pine needles out and leaves.
    To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
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  3. #3
    They can be covered but ventilation must be provided to ensure no condesation forms.

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    You can make a shallow box and put on top of the unit if you have snow dirft or ice hanging over your unit in the winter... Otherwise, no.

  5. #5
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    Yep a board with a brick is fine. Some of the new covers breath better but once they get dirty, thats that. Just dont forget to take it off before starting the AC.

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    Originally posted by docholiday
    Yep a board with a brick is fine. Some of the new covers breath better but once they get dirty, thats that. Just dont forget to take it off before starting the AC.
    I need to follow this advice too. Three or four times this summer I turned on some old lady's AC, only to walk outside and feel the heat just "radiating" from that black cover from about twenty feet away. One time I walked out just in time to here it go POP and shoot off and blow down the road. Pretty amusing I must admit.

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