Having a home near a beach makes for some beautiful views and fun times. However, the salt air can do a number on your appliances. Namely, the corrosion caused by the high salt content can cut years off the lifespan of your air conditioner, requiring you to repair or replace it more often than normal. Here are a couple of things you can do to protect your air conditioner from the deleterious effects of the salt water.

Exchange Vulnerable Materials When Possible

Air conditioners are made from a mix of materials including plastic, copper, and aluminum. All of these materials are vulnerable to the corrosive effects of sea water, but some will break down faster than others. In particular, aluminum can decay at a pretty quick rate when it comes in contact with salt and other minerals found in sea water. These minerals get on your air conditioners when the moisture from the sea water evaporates and the wind blows the leftover salt and other debris over anything in its path.

One way to extend the lifespan of your air conditioner is to exchange the aluminum parts for a more sturdy metal such as copper. For instance, some air conditioners have fins installed on the coils made from aluminum to help keep the coils cool. Replacing these with copper fins will help them and your coils to last longer.

Use an Anti-Corrosion Lubricant

Another thing you can do is apply an anti-corrosion lubricant to the metal parts in your air conditioner. You can purchase these coatings at most home improvement stores, online, or from an air conditioning repair company. It’s best to have a professional apply the lubricant for you to avoid accidentally damaging your air conditioner, but you can do this yourself if you’re comfortable working on the appliance.

Depending on the brand of product you purchase, the coating will protect the appliance from the corrosive effects of salt water for up to a year or more. For instance, one brand says it will last for 12 months. Therefore, you’ll need to include reapplication of the coating as part of your regular maintenance.

Clean Your Unit Regularly

If you’re not able to invest any cash into upgrading the parts on your machine and the anti-corrosive coatings seem like too much trouble, the minimum you can do to protect your air conditioner is clean it on a regular basis. As noted previously, a film of salt and minerals builds up on the air conditioner over time, causing it to deteriorate faster. Keeping the unit clear of debris such as plant matter, cleaning the coils, and spraying the exterior down can help slow the rate of decay.

For more tips on preventing salt water from damaging your air conditioner, contact an HVAC company like McGuire Plumbing & Heating Inc..