Securing Your Air Conditioner: Tips To Know
When it comes to your home's air conditioning system, one of the things that many homeowners overlook is the importance of security. The good news is that many HVAC repair technicians are skilled in helping you with security tips to help protect the copper and other components from theft and the resulting repair expenses associated with it. Here are a few things that you should talk with your HVAC technician about to help protect your air conditioner from the risk of theft.
Move The Unit
One of the best things that you can do is to talk with your HVAC technician about relocating your HVAC unit if it's sitting in an area that offers a lot of cover for would-be thieves. For example, if you have a lot of shrubbery, furniture, or other materials around your air conditioner, it allows for plenty of places to hide during a theft. Your technician can help you find a place for the unit and relocate it to somewhere that allows you plenty of easy lines of sight to it. When it's out in the open, it's much harder to sneak around without being seen.
Stamp The Parts
Even with all of the efforts to prevent theft, you should also take a few steps to ensure that you get your supplies back if they are stolen. One of the best ways to do that is to have your HVAC technician stamp all of the copper and other components with your last name or another unique mark. Not only does this make these components identifiable if they're stolen, it also discourages theft because the would-be thief knows that they are identifiable as well.
Secure The Unit
The best method for preventing theft of your air conditioner's components is to secure the unit completely. You can have a cage installed around the air conditioner that makes it virtually impossible to access it unless you have the key or other access code. Many HVAC technicians have specific security cages that won't obstruct airflow but will still allow for the security needed to keep it safe.
With copper being such a valuable commodity and air conditioning condensers being popular targets, the more you can do to protect yours, the better. It's in your best interest to understand how to do this so that you don't risk having your air conditioner broken into and destroyed by a thief looking to make money from the components inside it.
Contact an air conditioning services company if you have concerns about your unit.