Believe it or not, air conditioner theft is somewhat common. In recent years, a growing number of home and business owners have fallen victim to HVAC system theft. The motive behind these crimes is solely profit. A scraped air conditioning system, including all of its components and copper materials, can garner thieves a lot of money. Considering your air conditioner is likely one of the biggest investments you will make for your home or business, this epidemic is particularly nerve wracking. Luckily, there are ways you can prevent HVAC system theft—here’s what you can do:
Lock the Disconnect Box
One of the easiest ways you can ward off thieves looking to make a quick buck off your air conditioning system is to lock the disconnect box. The disconnect box—you guessed it—disconnects the HVAC system from the electrical power. When someone attempts to steal an HVAC system, the first thing they typically do is shut off the power to the system so that they can safely remove the condenser. However, if they have no way of shutting off the power source, it’s likely that they won’t try to steal or vandalize anything.
Add Lighting near the HVAC Unit
HVAC system thieves tend to do their dirty work in the night when visibility is low. And since HVAC systems are usually located in a dark place outside, they become easy targets. Something as simple as adding a motion-detecting light can be enough to scare thieves and make them think again about carrying out their plan.
Install a Unit Fence or Cage Over Your AC
Installing a unit fence or cage is a surefire way to protect your unit against HVAC system theft. There are multiple options for unit fences and cages on the market today or you can opt to have an ironworks company create a custom design for your unit. While unit fences and cages are a great way to protect against theft, just make sure that your fence or cage isn’t hindering your air conditioner’s performance.
Contact Engineered Air for Tips on HVAC Theft Prevention
At Engineered Air, we know that your HVAC system is a big investment, so we want to ensure that your system is safe. Be on the lookout for any suspicious activity near your home and try some of the easy steps to prevent HVAC system theft. At Engineered Air, the needs of our customers come before anything else, so if you have a question, feel free to contact us today or schedule an appointment.