Your Air Conditioner Condenser: Is It Theft-Proof?

September 26, 2013
Ross and Witmer

Copper thieves are a little known problem. People looking to make a few bucks will ransack abandoned homes or even steal from homes where people currently reside. Unfortunately, if you’re one of those who enjoy cooling their Charlotte area home, an air conditioner condenser is a prime target. To protect your unit from copper thieves, you may want to do one of the following:

1. Connect it to Your Alarm System
One of the best ways to protect your air conditioner condenser is to tie it into your home’s alarm system. Once you have it hooked up to your alarm system, you should post a sign around it stating that it’s protected. Thieves will be weary of trying to take it for fear of being caught.

In order to have your alarm system connected to your air conditioner condenser, you should hire a professional technician to do so. This person will mount the contact switches to both the frame and the cover. You should ask him or her to connect sensor cables to all the cables running to the condenser, so the circuit will be broken if they are cut and alarm your home security company. You may also want to inquire if the tech can install pressure sensors on the base of your condenser. This will signal if someone tries to lift the unit from the base.

2. Cage It or Move It
Putting a sturdy metal cage around your unit is an excellent way to deter would-be thieves.

You may not want to invest time or money into protecting your unit, but it will be worth It in the end. The thieves may only make $75 or less on your stolen wire, but you will need to pay over $2000 to replace your missing condenser.

For more information about keeping your home cool and comfortable, contact Ross & Witmer today!

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