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does it help to shade a central air unit?

Have central air in indiana, but doesnt keep up with the temps, especially later in the day, unit is in direct sunlight as it is located on west side of the house, would it help to shade the unit loosely? or does that have any effect on it. My air conditioner repair man said unit is working, but harder keeping up in these crappy temps, lol. Thanks for any help. Mare

Asked By: mbmare5 - 6/20/2012
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Yes. But don't forget it needs plenty of air circulation, that's the most important thing... More
Answered By: elhigh - 6/20/2012
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Your repairman is probably right; the unit is more than likely doing all it can. But to answer your question, having the unit in a nice shady cool spot where it can get a breeze is ideal…but more important is airflow and keeping those coils spotless... More
Answered By: Bobbie - 6/20/2012
 
yes shading the condensor will help it cool off.
Answered By: Gun Highway - 6/20/2012
 
I've heard both sides of the argument,.... the reality is that if you leave a wrench of some kind out in the summer noon day sun, it won't take very long to make it too hot to pick up bare handed. BUT it all depends on the total surface area the sun is shining upon. The fins on the condenser unit are, of course, very... More
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Answered By: Polar Bear - 6/20/2012
 
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