One of the benefits to living on the shore here in Southern California is the pleasant temperatures we enjoy all year. That helps save a great deal on heating and cooling expenses, especially when you consider how hot it can get just a few miles inland. As lovely as that sea air is, however, it comes with a price: the high salt content can increase corrosion on parts of your air conditioner. If left unchecked, it can cause a great deal of damage to your system. The good news is that trained technicians can repair and replace components damaged by corrosion and even help prevent it from forming in the first place. That will help your system last longer and do its job for less.
Why Is It a Problem?
Corrosion in this case usually refers to formicary corrosion, which is caused by a combination of water, air and organic acid. Unfortunately, that combo appears a great deal in our sea air, and it’s most destructive to copper. Air conditioning components are often made of copper, since it’s durable and temperature sensitive. Formicary corrosion can cause it to resemble Swiss cheese, however. Even if it doesn’t disrupt the functioning of your system, it can severely impact the air conditioner’s efficiency: forcing it to work harder to do its job and increasing the chances of a breakdown as well as raising your monthly energy costs.
Start with Maintenance
The best way of spotting the signs of formicary corrosion in your system is to schedule an air conditioning maintenance session once or twice a year. That gives a trained technician a chance to look the system over and observe signs of corrosion before it gets too bad. If corroded parts need repair or replacement, you can then schedule a session at your leisure, and likely save money since the corrosion won’t have spread so far as it might if you just let it go. (Maintenance provides other benefits as well, including improved performance and efficiency.)
Proactive Rather than Reactive
Repairs and replacements are sometimes inevitable and our team can accomplish such services in a timely fashion when corrosion affects your system. But we also believe that an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure, which is why we like to treat the problem proactively. We can treat your air conditioning systems to help prevent formicary corrosion, allowing your system to function without danger. Considering that this is an omnipresent issue, and considering that your system will be exposed to the conditions that result in corrosion for as long as you live in an environment such as ours, it makes an easy way to avoid undue repair costs and help your HVAC system function effectively for as long as possible.
If you’re concerned about corrosion in your HVAC system and want to talk to experts in the field, call Aspen Cooling & Heating, Inc. today. We handle air conditioning issues throughout Oceanside, CA, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have!