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Old 07-18-2016, 06:44 AM   #1
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Any Value in Air Conditioner Cover?

What it the purpose of an air conditioner cover?

In cold weather do they help keep cold air out?

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We have heat pumps and can use them until the temps drop pretty low (close to 32 degrees for the unducted bedroom unit and 40 degrees for the ducted main unit) so we do not cover ours at all. Maybe a cover keeps the shroud from deteriorating. The sun does do a job on those plastic parts and the do have to be replaced over time.
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They are plastic, put a coat of Protect All or something similar on them...and on everything else on your roof.
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Simply put, the AC will not work at all without the cover and foam gasket in place. The cover forms a barrier between each side of the coil so the fan can move air across the coil. Without the cover, no air flow, no cooling.
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I assume you mean the vinyl covers that are available for them, NOT the hard plastic shell. The covers are to keep dirt,leaves and snow out of the ac unit during storage. The side benefit is it also keeps the plastic cover out of the sun for 7 months of the year.

The hard plastic shell is a must!! as mentioned above, they are ABSOLUTELY necessary for proper operation of the AC unit.
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I assume you mean the vinyl covers that are available for them, NOT the hard plastic shell.
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If you're storing your coach for any length of time during the summer, covers help to keep bugs from getting inside and building nests.
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Waste of time imo.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:20 AM   #9
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For what the covers cost and the couple minutes time to install or remove them I think they are well worth the effort.
They protect the AC cover from the sun and keep bugs and especially hornets out.
I tie the covers to a rope, climb up the ladder and pull the covers up to me.
I also leave a note on the steering wheel "The AC covers are on" the same as I do with the tire covers. I remove the covers before driving the coach.
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What it the purpose of an air conditioner cover?
In cold weather do they help keep cold air out?
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They do not ...because NO outside air gets into an RV through the roof top A/C units, (even if/when they're not covered).

Like most RV gadgets and gizmos those plastic A/C covers do a lot more for the cover maker and the cover seller than they do for the cover buyer.


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Most of them end up on the side of the interstate where they do no one any good.
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Personally, I don't think its worth it.

It may protect the cover from UV exposure , and possibly keep some critters out of the AC unit. However, the critters can also get into the AC unit from underneath... (The drain holes on the bottom of the unit)

Climbing the ladder, installing the cover and later removing the cover will probably do more damage to the roof than it will prevent damage to the AC unit.

ALSO - Exercising the generator - While I'm in storage (my back driveway), I like to run my generator a couple times during the winter. When I run the generator, I use the AC unit to place a load on the generator, and it also exercises the AC unit.
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Been RV'ing for over 55 years, rigs always stored outside and have never felt the need to cover it nor the heat pumps.
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Thanks you save me some $.

I'm selling the house - what happens? - the electric rang breaks - $700 for a new one.
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