Snow Shed for A/C-Heat Pump - Attached Roof Raises for Easy Servicing

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Project by Nicknametaken posted 06-26-2015 07:10 PM 5437 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We just had a heat pump/AC unit installed. Last winter we had so much snow that the heat pump would have been buried. So, I made a snow shed with a roof that raises for easy servicing. It was made from three 2×4x8 pieces of framing lumber. a 3/4X24×48 sheet of treated plywood, four 4” L-brackets , two heavy duty hinges, some left over T-111 and small stack of cedar shingles (Lowe’s). The total cost of the project was $65.00. It took approximately 6 hours to frame, buildout and paint.

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#1 posted 06-26-2015 08:48 PM

Should have a nice sag in the middle after a few snowfalls.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 06-27-2015 12:49 AM

Don’t think so – it’s well supported and the 3/4 inch ply should do the job. We’ll see…

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#3 posted 06-27-2015 01:33 AM

I can now see why you said that – the photo of the raised roof was early on in the construction and it does not show the 2×4 that goes across the front. that supports the roof. I agree, without that it would sag badly.

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#4 posted 06-27-2015 07:29 PM

As you can see from the plans – the roof is well supported. I had dry fit the roof to see if it fit and opened with the clearance before assembling the rest of the supports. I usually measure twice, cut three times, remeasure and cut again. And then go to the lumber store for more wood.

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#5 posted 06-30-2015 04:50 PM

I need to do this. Last winter we had a lot of freezing rain and I had to keep cleaning ice off the fan.

Help with the photos:

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 06-30-2015 06:31 PM

Looks like a nice idea. I have a similar unit. However, it has only snowed once this century so I haven’t bothered with any type of protection. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 07-08-2015 05:00 PM

Hey, you might want to check the clearances required on your mini split. Mine is similar to yours and I can’t have anything 4’ above or in front. It has to do with air flow. Could decrease the efficiency of your heat pump.

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#8 posted 07-08-2015 05:56 PM

Thanks for the heads-up. I checked that before designing the unit. Clearances are good. THe sides and front are completely open so airflow is not impeded and the roof has plenty of clearance. It’s open underneath so there is a minimum of 6” above the front of the heat pump and close to 9 at the back. Plenty or room for heat to dissipate.

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