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    Will every component of the Air Conditioner units be made of all aluminum?

    It seems its going this way, and it is really sad.

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    What's sad about it?

    It makes for easy scrapping.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    I suppose. But wouldn't aluminum coils lead to be more prone to corrosion? Especially near salt water? Copper I think would hold up much better then aluminum. Even though aluminum doesn't rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzby77 View Post
    I suppose. But wouldn't aluminum coils lead to be more prone to corrosion? Especially near salt water? Copper I think would hold up much better then aluminum. Even though aluminum doesn't rust.
    All aluminum coils do FAR better in sea coast environments than traditional copper tube/aluminum fin coils.
    Aluminum does very well in a salt environment when it is the only metal, it's the dissimilar metal contact that causes issues.

    An all copper coil would likely do even better, but it would be crazy expensive.
    If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.

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    A more appropiate title would be.

    Will every component of the Air Conditioner units be made of all plastic.

    I am starting to see the mini-split design carring over.
    Life is too short, Behappy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark beiser View Post
    All aluminum coils do FAR better in sea coast environments than traditional copper tube/aluminum fin coils.
    Aluminum does very well in a salt environment when it is the only metal, it's the dissimilar metal contact that causes issues.

    An all copper coil would likely do even better, but it would be crazy expensive.
    Actually, aluminum does better than all copper in a salt air environment. As stated, the biggest problem is galvanic corrosion, or as commonly called, electrolosis from the dissimilar metals. Have heard suggestions of making stainless steel equipment, but I see it rust when it's in an application where no air can get to it.
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    Mini split has its advantages in resi applications where the tinbashers didn't do their jobs right off the bat, in retrofit applications, or where there is a demand for added capacity in smaller areas. I manage a property (MDU) where they would be a good idea should the owner wish to make a capital investment.

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    Nordyne has aluminum line sets on there mobile home units now with micro channel evaporator coils and condenser coils. Not a fan of it , but no issues as of yet on the few I have installed.

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    Just gonna take a little practicing with the torch. I can't imagine commercial or refrigeration will be jumping in soon though. Too many variables with getting deteriorated prematurely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark beiser View Post
    What's sad about it?

    It makes for easy scrapping.
    A lot of scrap work for a lot less $.

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    yes aluminum is good material to use in it.

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    All aluminum coils will put a dent in the crack dealers pocket.
    Trying not to be a Hack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    Just gonna take a little practicing with the torch. I can't imagine commercial or refrigeration will be jumping in soon though. Too many variables with getting deteriorated prematurely.
    I have seen microchannel in cond. coils in comm. ref.

    I really don't think they will show up in the Evap. Coils....
    That said Goodman, Trane and others have fin coil that are aluminum.
    So that may show up soon in ref. ?
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