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Is It Necessary to Cover Your Outdoor AC Unit in the Winter?

Hudson, NH Homeowner Seeks Recommendations

Today’s outdoor AC units are built to withstand extreme temperatures. The outer shell of the condenser is designed to withstand all types of weather, including snow, rain and heat from direct sunlight. The interior of the condenser, from the mechanics to the coils, are also designed to withstand harsh weather. This hardy design makes it unnecessary to cover your outdoor AC winter when not in use during the late fall and winter.

A homeowner in Hudson was preparing her home for the winter. Unsure of whether she should cover her outdoor AC unit, she contacted the professionals at Joyce Cooling & Heating.

Covering Your AC Unit in the Winter Can Do More Harm Than Good

It can be tempting to put a cover on your outdoor condenser to protect the unit from falling leaves, ice and snow. However, this can promote rusting and internal moisture damage as the plastic covering restricts airflow within the unit. Covering your AC unit with a water-tight cover can also make this a more enticing area for small animals looking for a warm place to hole up for the winter. This can cause a big problem as small rodents will chew and damage the inner workings of the system while also leaving behind waste and excrement.

Focus on Cleaning Debris from the Area Instead

To winterize your outdoor AC unit, check the area for leaves, pine needles, branches and animal debris that may have accumulated on or around the condenser. Clearing the area prior to the onset of bad weather will deter rodents and other small animals from wintering in the outdoor unit.

The homeowner in Hudson was pleased to learn that it was not necessary to cover her outdoor AC unit. Instead, she focused on clearing away debris and can rest assured that when the weather warms in the late spring her AC unit will be ready to cool the home.


Testimonials & Reviews

We had central air conditioning installed last year by Joyce and were very satisfied with the job. Today, John N. serviced the unit and all of the components and he was incredibly thorough and professional. He explained exactly what was serviced and what to avoid (greenery around the outdoor unit). I highly recommend Joyce Cooling & Heating!

Cristina A.

Cristina A.

Jarod was my technician on March 20th. He was professional and courteous as he completed a servicing on my Heathing Unit. He explained what he was cleaning out and system runs great again.

Matt O.

Matt O.

Mitchell P. came to our house today for an issue with our AC. He was great explaining what the problem is and how they were going to take care of it going forward. He was very pleasant and nice to work with, just like everyone at Joyce Cooling and Heating that has been here.

Cindy A.

Cindy A.

Jim and team did a top notch job on our install. The team was professional, courteous and kept the work areas super clean. I was really impressed with the level of professionalism and the knowledge of the system that was installed. They answered all the questions we had! I also really appreciate how flexible they were with our 3 dogs, they did a great job ensuring materials /parts during install kept tidy to ensure the dogs didn't get into anything. Thanks for the great work!

Jill C.

Jill C.

The representative was friendly, professional, and transparent about the work being done. The issue was resolved. My expectations were satisfied.

Stephen T.

Stephen T.

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