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How Salt Air Damages Your Condenser Unit

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.

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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 AC Unit from Salt Air

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, LLC, 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.

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