In 2012, I wrote about possible solutions to a wet crawl
space at my newly acquired home in Mantoloking, N.J.,
and your reply and the input from your readers was
Sandy visited before any corrective measures were taken,
and I am working on a much larger problem, since my
ranch home took on 13 inches of water and is in the
process of recovery and hazard mitigation.
question today relates to air conditioners and the claim
that salt in the air, fog, and water corrode metal and
will reduce the life of the unit. I think that it is
called the condenser and sits outside.
makes a seashore model, and Bryant does also. My
question is: Do these models last longer?
debate reminds me of bygone days when you had the new
car undercoated to protect it from rust. I didn't
understand why they just didn't do it at the factory
since it was obviously good.
seems intuitive that a coated/treated model will resist
corrosion longer, just as my dad's car did. If that is
true, why don't all manufacturers offer this?
is your view?
I haven't been offered undercoating since my last
American-made car in 1995, and I seemed to have more
problems underneath when they were coated than not.
said, there has been an ongoing debate in this column,
over which I have been presiding rather than engaging
in, about how long modern-day appliances last.
I'm a firm believer in buying carefully, using all the
unbiased information available (Consumer Reports, et
al), reading product directions and the warranty and
keeping both in a place where they can be found easily,
and doing regular maintenance. (I clean the mildew off
my condenser, at the north side of my house under trees,
every spring. It makes it look newer, although I doubt
it adds to its life span.)
are contractors that specialize in Jersey Shore air
conditioning and heating systems that you should check
out, as well, before you make any investment.
is a lot of post-Sandy cleanup continuing at your part
of the Shore, and I am sure fellow consumers will likely
have something to say about longevity and reliability of
heating and cooling systems.