How to Prevent AC from Rusting

Florida may be known as the Sunshine State, but we still see an average of 60 inches of rainfall each year. Not to mention, Florida is one of the most humid states in the country, meaning we’re never lacking moisture in the air. But what does this mean for your air conditioning system?

Your HVAC system relies on an outdoor unit to house the compressor and other essential components. Because it’s constantly exposed to the elements, rust and corrosion can be an issue.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent rust and corrosion on your air conditioning system so you can protect your investment for years to come.

How Moisture Can Damage Your Air Conditioning System

Damp conditions in the atmosphere ( humidity or rain) are the most common causes of rust and corrosion on your HVAC system.

The process is straightforward. Moisture seeps through the openings where the air flows out of your condenser unit and accumulates on the condenser unit itself and the other components it houses. If the moisture sits long enough, it can lead to rust and corrosion.

The outdoor components of your air conditioning system are the most at risk for rust and corrosion, but that doesn’t mean other components of your system get off scot-free.

Any area where water can accumulate can be at risk of rust and corrosion. This includes your compressors, fan blades, evaporator coils, condenser coils, drain pan, and ductwork.

Because each of these components does their part to provide cool air to the rooms in your home, rust and corrosion could be potentially detrimental to your home’s comfort.

Avoid Rust and Corrosion on Your HVAC System With Preventive Maintenance

During Florida’s wet season, it’s not unusual for it to rain almost daily. But don’t let that discourage you. There are still ways you can protect your air conditioning system from rust and corrosion even when it feels impossible.

One of the easiest and most effective things you can do is schedule a routine preventive maintenance appointment with your local HVAC technicians. During a preventive maintenance appointment, your technician will perform a thorough inspection of your HVAC system to ensure everything is working efficiently.

At Colman Air, we always perform the following during a maintenance checkup:

  • Check for oil and Freon leaks
  • Inspect evaporator coils and condensate pan
  • Check compressor operation pressures
  • Check amperage of all compressors and fan motors
  • Check all electrical connections and wiring
  • Lube motor and shaft bearings if needed
  • Clean condenser coil as needed
  • Service electric heat strips as needed
  • Check for noise or vibrations
  • Inspect and test safety controls
  • Check thermostat

If there is any noticeable rust, your technician will determine the best solution to repair your system. They will also note any ‘danger’ areas where water may be lingering to prevent rust and corrosion from occurring in the future.

HVAC Maintenance in Titusville, FL

With Florida’s rainy season on the horizon, now is the time to think about scheduling a preventive maintenance appointment for your air conditioning system. At Colman Air, we offer convenient and efficient maintenance services for your AC that can help protect your investment for years to come.

Call Colman Heating & Air Conditioning at (321) 269-4565 or contact us online to schedule service!

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