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Old 12-28-2012, 05:06 PM   #1
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Hey guys I bought a Haier 12,000 btu ac/heat window unit to go in the cave. I put it in today temporarily until I get the brace made for it. It has fins on top and the sides to let the hot air escape but I notice that the rain will be able to come straight down into the unit. I know it will drain out but I'm sure in time it will start to rust the compressor and stuff inside as well as possibly the shell of the AC itself overtime. Also might be getting onto something electrical inside the unit. I'm trying to think of ideas to keep it covered until I can get something permanent. Better yet, I want to do something permanent that will look good being it is the front of the cave. I really don't want to build a front foyer type thing on the cave right now and also wondering how a foyer just over the AC itself would look? Just trying to gather some thoughts and ideas on what to do.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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Awning .....http://www.awnings.com/bay.html or check with sears
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Awning .....http://www.awnings.com/bay.html or check with sears
thats what I was picturing in my mind so I will look into that. Lowes or home depot might have something as well
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:07 PM   #4
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You know that when the A/C is working it will fill up the bottom of the pan with condensate, so it is made to have water in it. The awning will help its efficiency more than anything.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:14 PM   #5
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You know that when the A/C is working it will fill up the bottom of the pan with condensate, so it is made to have water in it. The awning will help its efficiency more than anything.
yeah i just want to keep that water , rain pouring rain from rusting it out badly and making it look older sooner rather than later lol
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I think its too late but On installation time you did not consider that thing you should think about it before. You are getting issue so call an A/C mechanic.

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I have never heard of "fins on top."
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I have never heard of "fins on top."
By 'fins' on the top, would most likely be the duct vent type configuration all A/C's have (for ventilation purposes).
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Yep, fins on top. Well not really fins so much as louvers.
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Amazing,

I have never seen the likes of that. I have actually been slightly involved with AC design and window AC's always have the "fins" on either side. Perhaps the logic might be that on a hot rainy day, the water might provide some considerable additional cooling to the outside condenser. Evaporation of water on the hot coil will help a LOT with cooling efficiency.

Another CONCEIVABLE reason might be that some people object to the tap, tap of rain on an air conditioner...the louvers might help break that up.

And a third that I actually like. Occasional rain might help CLEAN the condenser coils...but then it might also help corrode them. And then there's the thought of rain onto an electrical compressor...scary.

Well, live and learn.

(Mine are through the wall with both input and outflow on the back. Not the most efficient but that's all you can do with a sleeve. but it's UNDER the windows rather than through them, a BIG plus.)


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See if you can find some white duct tape and cover the top louvres until you are certain it's safe.

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Amazing,

I have never seen the likes of that. I have actually been slightly involved with AC design and window AC's always have the "fins" on either side. Perhaps the logic might be that on a hot rainy day, the water might provide some considerable additional cooling to the outside condenser.

Another CONCEIVABLE reason might be that some people object to the tap, tap of rain on an air conditioner...the louvers might help break that up.

And a third that I actually like. Occasional rain might help CLEAN the condenser coils...but then it might also help corrode them. And then there's the thought of rain onto an electrical compressor...scary.

Well, live and learn.

(Mine are through the wall with both input and outflow on the back. Not the most efficient but that's all you can do with a sleeve. but it's UNDER the windows rather than through them, a BIG plus.)


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See if you can find some white duct tape and cover the top louvres until you are certain it's safe.
Design engineers take all this into consideration when designing these units, for cooling air circulation and escape routing for condensating water build up NEVER cover any of the louvers they are there for a reason.
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A black rubber outdoor mat works well with some Velcro.
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Don't worry about it, they are designed to take the outside weather, I've had one in an outside window for 15 years and it's still in fine shape.

But remember the cheaper the unit the less is spent on protection, as they want you to go buy a new one every 5 years or so.

Add a little down tilt to the outside will keep the water from coming inside.

And blocking those vents may cause it to malfunction sooner then expected.
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