Your home’s air conditioning (AC) system has an outdoor unit that houses the compressor, cooling fins and tubes, and a fan. Called the condenser unit, its primary function is to release indoor heat to the outside of your home. Over time, however, its rapid vibrating motion can make it sink into the ground. To keep it secure, a condenser pad is used.
About the AC Condenser Pad
An air conditioner condenser pad is a thick pad designed to provide a flat, unmovable surface to install the outdoor unit. It raises the equipment off the ground, protecting it against anything that might cause malfunction like moisture from the soil and infestation from insects or pests.
During an air conditioning installation, the HVAC specialists first install the condenser pad before putting the condenser unit in place, ensuring the equipment’s overall function even when it vibrates during operation. The entire HVAC system will work as intended as long as the pad is properly fitted.
Considerations to Keep in Mind
The condenser pad should meet your outdoor AC unit’s specific needs. It comes in various sizes and shapes, but the ideal choice should have slightly larger dimensions than your unit’s footprint dimensions. Check your local zoning laws; they usually indicate the recommended size for the condenser pad you can use.
Also, make sure you choose a pad that can withstand the elements. It should be waterproof and resistant to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. It is also made from either concrete or composite materials like plastic or rubber. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each selection carefully; concrete pads work well for larger capacity units while composite ones provide a perfect fit for newer and smaller condenser units.
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