You value your A/C system for the comfort it provides on hot and sticky Long Island days. It’s also likely that your A/C is among the most expensive appliances in your home, along with the heating system. Whether your A/C is a packaged system installed on the rooftop, or a split-system with the outside unit next to the foundation, protecting your A/C unit from theft should make your to-do list this season. Here’s why.
A/C Units are Targets for Theft
A/C units are targets for thieves because of the valuable metals they’re manufactured from. Following are incentives for would-be thieves to target your A/C, and the very reasons why you should protect it:
- Copper – Copper prices have steadily risen the past 10 years. A/Cs contain quite a lot of copper, such as the copper tubing, condenser coil and evaporator coil. Other metals in the A/C can also be exchanged for quick cash at scrap yards and recycling centers.
- Fast dismantling – A screwdriver and bolt cutters are the only tools needed for a thief to steal the condenser coil from the outside cabinet.
- Location – Consider where your A/C is located. Is it inviting for a would-be thief to target your system because of low visibility to neighbors and street traffic?
- Lack of security – The vast majority of A/C units don’t utilize dedicated anti-theft measures.
Protecting Your A/C Unit
You lock up your car and home to prevent theft. Consider the following anti-theft measures for your A/C:
- Cage – A/C cages are excellent deterrents against theft, and they don’t disrupt operation or maintenance access.
- Alarms – Special A/C alarms activate when refrigerant levels drop, power is cut or the A/C is moved.
- Security cameras – WiFi security cameras and digital recording software are more common than ever for residential protection, including A/C units.
- GPS tracking – GPS technology can be used to alert you on your smartphone if your A/C is moved.
- Fence – If space permits, you can build a fence around the A/C.
For more information about protecting your A/C unit from theft, contact Cool Power LLC. We’ve served Long Island residents since 1975.
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