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.