Ways to Protect Your Cooling Unit From Theft

Your air conditioner’s outdoor unit comes with valuable copper in the coil, refrigerant lines and wiring. This makes it a target for thieves who could destroy an expensive A/C component to harvest the copper. Protecting your A/C unit from theft with these following tips just might help you avoid stress, inconvenience and costly equipment replacement.

Ways to Protect Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

·         Enclose the unit in a locked, steel cage – A cage delivers very effective year-round protection since thieves won’t want to spend extra time to cut through reinforced steel. Their goal is usually a quick theft and a fast getaway. Make sure to consult a knowledgeable HVAC pro on whether a cage can be installed securely before you purchase in one.

·         Get an alarm – An alarm will set off a loud siren that’s built to send away perpetrators if the unit’s voltage is interrupted, the refrigerant lines are cut or any sort of tampering takes place.

·         Install a security camera and lighting – The combination of a motion-activated camera and lights allows you to review the outdoor unit 24/7. Ensure both devices are installed where they cannot easily be vandalized and add warning signs strategically to help deter thieves.

·         Add some camouflage – If thieves can’t view the outdoor unit easily when they’re scouting for a target, they just may pass your home by. To shield the A/C from view, add shrubs, a hedge or lattice panels. In some situations, leaving the air conditioner in view can be just as effective. If it’s in visible and near the front of the house and there’s frequent road traffic, the prominent location may be just enough to discourage thieves.

·         Use a tracking device – GPS technology now has a state-of-the-art tool to monitor movement of your outdoor HVAC unit. The device can track the unit’s location if it’s stolen and also alert both you and the police of the theft.

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

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