Tips for Protecting Your A/C Unit From Theft

Protecting your air conditioning system against theft

Tips for Protecting Your A/C Unit From Theft

ThinkstockPhotos-461911045 (2) Your air conditioner’s outdoor unit includes valuable copper in the coil, refrigerant lines and wiring. This makes it extremely vulnerable to thieves who may destroy your most expensive A/C component to harvest the copper. Protect your A/C unit from thievery with one of our following tips to help you avoid stress, inconvenience and costly equipment replacement.

Advice to Protect Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

  • Keep the unit in a locked, steel cage – A cage can provide year-round protection because most thieves won’t spend the extra time needed to cut through reinforced steel to steal the copper. Consult a knowledgeable HVAC pro on whether a cage can be installed securely before you invest in one.
  • Opt for an alarm – An alarm will release a loud siren that’s designed to drive away robbers if the outdoor unit’s voltage is interrupted, the refrigerant lines are cut or other kinds of tampering takes place.
  • Install a security camera and lighting – The combination of a motion-activated camera and other lights allows you to monitor your outdoor unit day and night. Make sure both devices are installed where they can’t be easily vandalized and be sure to place warning signs strategically to help deter thieves.
  • Add camouflage – If thieves can’t see the outdoor unit easily when they’re scouting for a target, they could pass your home by. To shield the air conditioner from view, plant some shrubbery, a hedge or lattice panels. In some situations, having the air conditioner exposed can be just as effective. If it is visible near the front of the house and there’s frequent drive-by traffic, this location may be enough to discourage thieves.
  • Use a tracking device – GPS technology provides a state-of-the-art tool to monitor movement of your outdoor unit. The device not only tracks the unit’s location if it’s stolen, but it can alert you and the police of the theft.

For expert advice about protecting your A/C unit from theft, contact the Dayton HVAC pros at Airtron Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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