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Vampire electrical consumption of outdoor AC condenser during non-summer seasons

Vampire electrical consumption of outdoor AC condenser during non-summer seasons

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Old 10-18-19, 06:29 PM
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Vampire electrical consumption of outdoor AC condenser during non-summer seasons

Summer 2019 has ended. My outdoor AC condenser is 14 seer unit on breaker that meets my local code. Is it a good idea to turn off the breaker on the panel that provides electricity to AC, OR unplug the condenser from outside wall outlet to eliminate vampire electrical consumption of AC condenser during non-summer seasons? I can just turn on the breaker or plug in the cord into the outdoor wall outlet when summer 2020 starts. Your thoughts?
 
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Old 10-18-19, 08:03 PM
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You could turn the breaker off. You won't hurt anything.

The only vampire power draw would be from a compressor crankcase heater which is pretty rare on a split A/C system. It would be more common on a heat pump where the compressor needs to operate in the cold.
 
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My compressor doesn't have compressor crankcase heater. So it sounds like turning off the AC breaker during non-summer seasons would result in negligible, if any, reduction in vampire power draw from the compressor?
 
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