I'm considering buying a new split unit air conditioner for my home. Actually, this will be for a room that is planned as a short-term rental. I'm located in Bombay, India, now referred to as Mumbai.
One question I am facing is whether an inverter or a regular air-conditioner is a better choice. I was told by one dealer that inverter air-conditioners can be problematic choices, especially in humid climates near the sea. This pretty much describes my home, which is less than a kilometer from the shores of the Arabian Sea. I checked this out on the web a bit. While I did not find much information, I did find some supporting evidence. Notably, Daikin Inverter AC Unit Fail - Moisture / Salts Damage to PCB.
Basically, the issue is that an inverter is rather more complex electronically than a regular air-conditioner, because it is doing more. This manifests itself in more complex circuitry and more circuit boards. These are referred to here as PCBs (presumably Printed Circuit boards), Given salty damp air, these circuits corrode over time. And in an inverter, there are more of these circuits. And they apparently cost more to repair. The bottom line, then, is that if you are near the sea, don't use an inverter, because you will have more frequent breakdowns and higher maintenance costs.
What is puzzling is, if this is true, why isn't there more discussion about this on the net? And other dealers I asked disagreed about this.
I'll also mention parenthetically that I have tentatively settled on Mitsubishi Heavy Industries machines. This is not directly relevant to this question, so I'll leave out the details of that - it is specific to my specific buying environment. One dealer I talked to said the PCBs in MHI machines were silicone-coated, so it wasn't an issue. I'm sceptical.
UPDATE/ADDENDUM: I eventually bought a normal A/C for the rental mentioned above. But now I'm considering buying an A/C for my own room. The difference here is that I run the A/C in my own room most of the time, so maybe it would make sense to buy an inverter for it even if it doesn't last as long as a regular A/C. Thoughts?