What Is an Air Conditioner Pad?

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Last updated: 9/16/2023 

There are several pieces of equipment essential to properly installing and operating an exterior air conditioner unit. One of the most important of these is the air conditioner condenser pad. So, what is a condenser pad and what is its purpose?

Do I Need an Air Conditioner Condenser Pad?

If you have an air conditioner, you absolutely need an air conditioner condenser pad. An air conditioner condenser pad is a thick pad designed to provide a flat, stable surface for the unit to be installed on. Condenser pads can be manufactured with concrete or a composite material – both have their pros and cons. The AC condenser pad will raise an air conditioner off the ground, protecting it from the moisture of the yard as well as any pests or insects.

Air Conditioner Condenser Pads Provide Stability

The stability of the air conditioner condenser pad keeps the central AC unit securely in place, so it can function optimally, even with the vibrations of a running unit. A properly fitted AC condenser pad will ensure your AC has a long, healthy life.

Air Conditioner Pads Are Waterproof and Weatherproof

For an air conditioner pad to do its job, it needs to be waterproof to protect against moisture like rain and snow and UV-resistant to prevent damage from the sun. A versatile material that can do both these things is essential.

Air Conditioner Condenser Pads Are Manufactured Using a Variety of Materials

There are several different air conditioner pads available to homeowners. The type of air conditioner model, its size and its location all factor into the type of air conditioner pad you need for your AC unit. The wrong type of pad can lead to repairs or even a unit replacement, so be sure to consult with the professionals before purchasing an AC condenser pad. The two most common materials used to make air conditioner pads are:

  • Concrete: Although concrete air conditioner pads are the most common variety and work well for larger capacity units, modern household units are smaller and lighter, making concrete a less effective material for air conditioner pads.
  • Composite Materials: Newer AC units are usually outfitted with smaller air conditioner condenser pads made of composite materials like recycled plastic or rubber.

Raise Your Air Conditioner Off the Ground with Help From Aire Serv

In the market for a new air conditioner? Looking for reliable, affordable air conditioner maintenance services? Now’s the perfect time to inspect and potentially install a new air conditioner condenser pad at your home. Learn more about your central AC and air conditioner condenser pad options from your local Aire Serv® technician. Ready to get started? Schedule an appointment online.