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    Product Spotlight: Corrosion Grenade


  • Product Spotlight: Corrosion Grenade

    April 23, 2014

    If you’re lucky enough to live by the ocean even for only a few months out of the year, you’re probably used to radiant weather, sun-kissed shores and the warm sea breeze. You are also likely familiar with corrosion in your air conditioning system. Corrosion is the result of the salt and moisture in the ocean air mingling with the charge of electricity every time you turn your unit on.

    Galvanic Corrosion

    The type of corrosion that occurs in a beach side AC unit is called galvanic corrosion. In this type of electrolysis, damage is done to the weakest metal in a component that comes in contact with electricity and the moist salt air.

    The metals in your AC are made up of copper, steel and aluminum. The weakest of these metals is the aluminum, which makes up the fins. When this corrodes, your AC system becomes inefficient; it will use up more energy to maintain a comfortable temperature in your house. This will mean higher energy bills for you in the long run. It may also require the repair or replacement of the corroded parts, which can also be very costly.

    What a Corrosion Grenade Does for Your System

    Made up entirely of zinc, which is a weaker metal than aluminum, the corrosion grenade gives moisture, the salt air and electricity a different target. In industry parlance, the zinc becomes the sacrificial anode that serves to protect the other metals in the air conditioning system. It will bear the brunt of the damage that corrosion can otherwise cause to your AC unit. The corrosion grenade is easy to install; a couple of turns of a few screws is all it takes to put an end to your corrosion problems in your seaside home.

    We are the long-time experts in all aspects of Florida AC repair, installation and maintenance. You can count on our experienced technicians to promptly and professionally handle any heating or cooling problems you encounter in your residential or commercial property. We provide a wide range of Orlando HVAC services designed to give you and your family or business a safe and comfortable environment, wherever you happen to live in the Sunshine State.