Archive for January, 2014

Tips for Protecting Your Unit from the Salt Air

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

One of the most common reasons for AC unit problems in Neptune Beach is salt air that is so prevalent in our area. If you live in an area were salt is typically an issue, such as closer to the ocean, you should be aware of the problems that salt can cause to your AC unit and how to prevent the damage that salt can cause.

Salt can be harmful to your Neptune Beach AC unit because salt can cause corrosion, which can ultimately result in AC unit failure. Moreover, salt is a major problem for AC units because it has the ability to attract and hold moisture. The ability for salt to attract and hold moisture results in the collection of salt moisture on the coil of your outside unit.

This continuous collection of salt and moisture insulates the coil on your AC unit, which reduces thermal transfer. This reduction in thermal transfer will then reduce the efficiency of your AC unit. In addition, as your unit becomes less efficient, it will use more energy, which will increase your energy bill significantly. Ultimately, an unprotected unit will fall victim to salt corrosion, and you will be forced to replace the unit, which can be very costly. (more…)