As homeowners, we must take a number of precautions in order to protect our family and our investment on a daily basis. Many of us, however, don’t think of air conditioner theft as a concern. After all, an air conditioning unit is a large piece of equipment, so barring a small crane or group of thieves with a good truck, there’s nothing to worry about, right?
The Theft of Copper
Your A/C unit itself isn’t what air conditioner theft is all about. What we’re referring to is the theft of valuable copper that your A/C unit contains. If copper is stolen from your A/C unit, the effect to your home comfort and energy efficiency can be devastating. It may seem like a small problem, but the truth is that copper theft is a $1 billion industry. Over the years, as the economy has worsened and thieves have begun to look at unique ways to steal a buck, some have turned to the theft of copper. And due to the proliferation of copper within the average A/C unit, you can quickly become a target.
How to Protect Yourself
The good news is that there are ways to protect yourself from the theft of copper from your A/C unit. We suggest these four options:
- Cage — This deterrent will show a would-be thief that accessing the copper in your A/C unit will not be an easy task.
- Alarm — If you can’t afford an alarm system, the application of an alarm sticker is often enough to make a thief leave your unit alone.
- Surveillance system — Keeping tabs on your A/C unit with surveillance cameras is a great way to keep an eye on things.
If you’d like to learn more about air conditioner theft, or have home comfort issues that you’d like to discuss, be sure to contact the HVAC experts at Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the heating and cooling needs of the Texas Panhandle since 1960.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioner theft and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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