Fence Picket A/C Unit Cover

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EDITED TO ADD: Thank you all for your concern of our unit not being able to breath. We have had our a/c man over to check it out and he says it has plenty of room to breath and he approves of the cover. :)
Do you have an ugly air conditioning unit sitting in your yard? Yes? We did too, but now we have an awesome cover up for it! We used some old wooden fence pickets to create a more eye pleasing surround for our ugly old unit. Please come on over to our blog and see how we put it together for very little money!
Time: 2.5 HoursCost: $10.00Difficulty: Medium
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And the after look using free fence pickets
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This was the ugly unit before its makeover!
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The river rock base the cover sits on.
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Remember to leave lots of breathing room for your unit!

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      • SLS Construction & Building Solutions LLC
        SLS Construction & Building Solutions LLC Naperville, IL
        on May 12, 2013

        I go say that looks really nice but I also got to state that you should really consider taking it down. There should be a minimum of 2' all around those intakes / fins to allow the compressor to work properly & not tax the equipment. If you were to extend it out to meet those minimums (check with the manufacturer) that would not only be fine and might even improve the equipment's efficiency by shading it. As an FYI, this also applies to plants / shrubbery

          • La Mac
            La Mac Tulsa, OK
            on Jul 11, 2015

            Agree. We just got a new unit installed. I wanted to do something to hide it. They told me absolutely no.. The unit needs to breath. No obstruction. Would void my warranty..

          • DeeDee
            DeeDee Decatur, TX
            on May 12, 2013

            Thanks for the tips @SLS Construction Solutions! May I ask if you visited our blog and read the post? Although its not stated in the post, we made sure to do our research first before we came up with the end design. The model of a/c unit we have calls for 1 to 3 foot of clearance on all sides. We have a foot on each side and a foot and a half in the front with the entire back and top being open not to mention the openings between each fence picket.