The Effects of Salt on Your AC: Salt corrosion is a common problem for AC units located near the coast or in areas with high salt content in the air. Salt can cause damage to the coils, fins, and other metal components of the AC unit, leading to decreased efficiency and potential system failure. Salt can also cause rusting of metal parts, which can lead to fan motor brackets breaking.
How to Protect Your AC from Salt Damage:
- Keep the AC unit clean: Regularly clean your AC unit to remove salt buildup. This can be done by using a water hose to spray off the unit or by using a specialized cleaning solution.
- Use a rust inhibitor: A rust inhibitor can be applied to the AC unit to prevent rusting of metal parts.
- Use a protective cover: A protective cover can be placed over the AC unit to keep salt-saturated air and water away during Hurricanes.
- Schedule regular maintenance for your AC unit to ensure it is running efficiently and to identify any potential issues caused by salt corrosion. Coastal AC units should be washed with a hose and checked twice per year, and after every Hurricane or Heavy wind storm.