Many homeowners dream of living by the ocean, but few consider the damage
that the coastal environment can have on their
air conditioning system. Unfortunately, if you live on or near a coastal area, your air conditioning
system (particularly the condenser unit) will be more susceptible to damage.
But don’t fear beach dwellers, you can learn what you need to about
the sea and your AC below.
Salt Air = Corrosion
When it comes to living by the ocean, corrosion is the biggest issue your
condenser unit faces. Ocean air typically has a large amount of salt in
it, which can cause your condenser unit to corrode, similar to how the
ocean corrodes the shoreline. Salt also attracts moisture, which can cause
further damage to the condenser coils and can eventually cause them to
disintegrate over time. Unfortunately, this corrosion can decrease the
lifespan of your condenser unit to around three years! Considering your
air conditioning system is likely one of the biggest investments you’ll
make for your home, only getting three years out of it would be a disaster.
How You Can Protect Your Condenser Unit
Fortunately for beach dwellers everywhere, there are things you can do
protect your air conditioner from the coastal environment.
Change the filter regularly. Regularly changing the
air filter in your AC is not only good for your system, but it can help to prevent
corrosion and buildup of salt moisture.
Clean the condenser unit and coils: The outside components of your air conditioning system are the most susceptible
to environmental damage, like corrosion. One easy way to combat this problem
is by simply rinsing the condenser unit and coils lightly with a hose.
Try hosing down the condenser unit, coils and fan blades once every few
days to wash away salt buildup.
Schedule preventative maintenance. Regular
preventative maintenance is good for all air conditioning systems, whether located in a coastal
environment or not. Preventative maintenance at least twice annually will
ensure that your air conditioning system is functioning as efficiently
as possible. Even better, preventative maintenance can catch minor issues
before they turn into bigger problems, improve your
indoor air quality, and lower your energy bills in the process.
At Phoenix Air Conditioning, we understand your air conditioning system
is a big investment, so we want to help you protect it. If you’re
concerned about environmental conditions and your air conditioning system,
give us a
call today to learn how we can help.