Tips On Protecting Your HVAC System In Nashville
Copper thefts have been on the rise, with anything containing this metal up for grabs. This includes heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units that contain valuable copper coils. Thieves remove the units, strip the coils and fence the copper at salvage yards for quick cash. Law enforcement agencies, insurance companies and HVAC dealers are warning consumers to take heed and protect their units. Assess your property, take security measures and guard your HVAC unit from copper thieves.
Here's a few ways to help you protect your system:
1) Add security lighting. Place floodlights near your HVAC unit. Install motion detector lights on your property.
2) Companies have introduced new unit alarms and surveillance cameras onto the market. They will alert the homeowner if the unit is being tampered with and will identify the perpetrator.
3) Engrave your address on your HVAC unit, as well as on the copper tubing inside the unit. 4) Take a screwdriver and remove the screws on the back cover of the HVAC unit. Take the back cover off. Take a can of neon spray paint and apply a heavy coat on all copper tubing. Some salvage yards will not accept any painted copper. But it's a way for you to identify what was stolen when contacting a salvage yard. Be careful not to get it on the coils or other components. In the event it is stolen, this will help authorities identify it and catch the thief.
5) Purchase a metal cage that surrounds the unit.
6) Use shrubbery or a small fence to obstruct the view but keep a balance for a couple reasons. One, you do not want to give a thief a way to hide while committing the crime, and two, you must leave enough space for general unit maintenance and service.
These tips should help keep your unit safe and your home cool this summer. If you have ever been a victim of AC theft, tell us your experiences and what precautions you took afterwards. Have these changes prevented further theft for you?