As the value of copper steadily increases, so does the likelihood of theft. A/C and heat pump condenser theft has recently become a very real and serious problem across the United States. Since outdoor heat pump condensing units contain a good amount of copper that’s typically worth up to $100 when sold, your outside unit is an attractive target to thieves. While some thieves will strip your unit of copper on site, others will pull up a truck, cut the unit’s refrigerant and power line, and load it into a truck before driving off.
Hiding Your Unit From Intruders
Obstructing the view of your heat pump condenser makes it a less likely target to thieves, especially if you live in a relatively low-traffic area. Bushes and other common shrubbery help to hide your heat pump condenser, allowing it to blend in with its surroundings. You should also consider moving your unit to a safer, and more tamper-proof, location, which can be seen from at least one of your home’s windows for easy monitoring. If you do live in a high-traffic area, it’s actually better to leave your condensing unit in the open, since shrubbery and brush will offer cover to would-be thieves.
Install Security Defenses
Security equipment – or signs announcing its presence – will discourage most thieves. Motion-detecting lighting is one great example, since the sudden light will discourage most thieves. Also consider using security cameras or a home alarm system to alert you if someone enters your property unannounced.
Consider A Cage
A cage that secures your unit creates an effective deterrent that will cause a thief to call it quits before attempting to steal your home’s A/C or heat pump condenser. A locked fence will have the same effect, especially if you have a watchdog in the yard.
Keep Your Home Safe And Secure
By taking preventative measures like these to protect your A/C or heat pump condenser, you’ll have a much better chance of warding off thieves and preventing monetary losses. Consider speaking with a professional who can help you choose the best methods of protection for your home.
To learn more valuable tips about protecting your home and its outside HVAC equipment, please contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. Our family-owned and operated business is dedicated to provided you with top-notch customer service and complete satisfaction in the San Diego area.
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