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Salt Water Damage

Can Salt Water Damage My Air Conditioning Unit?

Living near the beaches is a dream come true for many people. However, if you are a local beach dweller, you may beg to differ. There are a few items you want to protect against saltwater damage. Your air conditioning system could be affected by numerous environmental factors in the area you live in. If you are located near coastal regions, you may already be aware of your surroundings. With excessive moisture and minerals in the air, it doesn’t take long to notice that these minerals and particles settle on top of everything. Salt is a huge problem for AC units. Deposits left behind or go untreated, will only create damage and breakdown to your outside air conditioning unit.

Did you know that salt corrosion can decrease the life of your AC unit to as little as 3 years? This is a jaw-dropping fact. Seeing as though the average system should last at least 10 years, this is a tremendous difference. Just like the ocean erodes the coastline, it’s essentially the same scenario for your A/C system. Saltwater damage is what causes your coils to eventually disintegrate over time.

Why Is Saltwater Damage Such A Problem?

Saltwater contains millions of particles of sodium chloride. With salt and moisture in the air, it can create a film or dust-like substance on all surfaces. The build up that settles from sodium chloride is what causes corrosion and deterioration. Did you know that sodium chloride can be blown up to five miles inland from shore? Protecting your outside air conditioning system is what will keep the saltwater damage at bay.

There are many parts of your AC system that can be affected by excessive moisture and sodium chloride deposits, caused by salt in the air. Your condenser coil, in the outside unit, is the most vulnerable part of the system. The aluminum fins of the coil are bound to copper tubes, the salt and moisture eventually get between the copper and aluminum and create formicary corrosion, which will eventually cause freon leaks. Especially under extreme weather or constant saltwater winds. Once the coils go bad, it prevents proper airflow and reduces heat transfer. This is what causes damage to other parts of your system. If you notice issues regarding poor cooling or circulation, your system freezing or failure of other parts, this could be due to saltwater damage. When replacing your A/C system, you should consider a Trane brand unit beacuse they are manufactured with all aluminium coils and are not affected by formicary corrosion.

Protecting Your AC Unit from Saltwater Damage

Preventative Maintenance
This is one of the best ways, no matter your geographical location, to protect your AC unit. During routine maintenance your technician will inspect your system and identify any potential problems. By having a routine check-up, you are minimizing the risks of preventable damage.

Remove Obstructions
There are many things we store on the outside of our homes. However, these objects could cause potential harm to your air conditioning unit. Be sure to remove debris, leaves and other items that could accumulate saltwater particles. It’s these particles that cause saltwater damage and corrosion.

Clean The Coils
The coils are the most susceptible part of your unit to saltwater damage. It is recommended that you clean the coils on a regular basis by rinsing them with a hose. You could also use a no-rinse, non acid, foaming cleaner that will eliminate the particles. If you are not comfortable cleaning them yourself, be sure to contact AC Today to schedule appointment.

When you spend thousands of dollars on a large investment, you want to protect it at all times. Many people forget that half of their investment is sitting outside their home. How many times have you cleaned your outside air conditioning unit? If you had to think about it, it has probably been too long. Call AC Today to schedule your appointment or service call. It is never too late for protection, until you have a malfunction.

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