Air Conditioner Covers

Protective Covers for Air Conditioners: Do You Really Need Them?

Autumn’s arrival often raises concerns about outdoor air conditioning units. Falling leaves, snow, and ice can be worrisome. Are protective covers worth the investment? In this article, we explore the necessity of A/C covers, weigh the pros and cons, and offer guidance for homeowners.

Air conditioners are built to handle various outdoor conditions. However, some A/C designs are more susceptible to collecting leaves and debris. A/C covers can help prevent the accumulation of leaves and snow in the cabinet, but they do come with a few drawbacks. If the air conditioner cover is not breathable, moisture retention can lead to rust. Accidentally starting the A/C with the cover on may cause significant damage.

A/C covers can be beneficial in specific situations. Yet, it’s important to remember that most units fail due to old age or lack of maintenance, not rust or debris. In fact, many homeowners don’t use A/C covers, and their units still last a long time. Just remember to remove the cover in early Spring. We have seen major damage occur when an a/c is accidentally started before the cover has been removed.

If you opt for protective covers, we recommend installing them during the Fall season, especially if the A/C unit is beneath trees. Choose breathable covers, and never cover heat pumps. Remember that regular maintenance is still crucial, and it addresses essential tasks, like debris removal and coil cleaning.

Innovations in air conditioning have led to units with improved resistance to outdoor elements. For example, Trane XL air conditioners and heat pumps have WeatherGuard tops, composite basepans, and powder coat finishes that resist corrosion. These design advances make A/C covers unnecessary for Trane air conditioners.

Air conditioner covers aren’t essential for everyone, but they can be helpful in certain situations. Homeowners must weigh the pros and cons and prioritize regular maintenance. Stay informed about innovations and best practices, and you’ll make the best decisions for protecting your A/C unit from seasonal challenges.

David Watkins