Heat pump winter cover - Yay or Nay

tpm

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Sep 6, 2008
157
NY
Hello being in NY I have always covered my heat pump but I made large round holes in 3 sides so the cover didn’t trap moisture. Basically just protecting the top and front panel. Is this a good idea or is it better to leave uncovered? I ask because I’m thinking of replacing the cover

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Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
11,183
NY
So last season I moved into a house with central AC for the first time and called my HVAC Buddy to winterize it and teach me the basics. The outside unit being more or less a heat pump applies. He said to only cover the top couple of inches to allow good airflow.

The front panel / electronics of your heat pump will need good airflow to dry as well and are designed to do so if you don’t cover them.
 
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joonbug99

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Jul 23, 2017
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Rochester NY
Covering this type of equipment also gives natures little critters shelter from the weather. This could be disastrous come spring time the following season. I have a heat pump I have left uncovered for years in western NY. No issues.
 
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ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
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I have never covered my AC units and never had critters decide to nest in them during the winter.
 

tpm

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Sep 6, 2008
157
NY
Do you cover it when it rains during the summer ? Those covers are made for future service calls.
As I said previously the 3 sides are open, only covering the top fan and front panel