3 Tips To Protect Your AC Unit From Being Stolen

As you probably already know -- since you were probably the one who paid for it -- an air conditioning unit can be very expensive. Unfortunately, your costly unit is susceptible to theft for a few reasons. A thief could steal the unit and sell it as-is for a nice profit, or he or she could sell it to a local junk yard to make money off of all of the copper that is inside of it. Either way, the result won't be good for you.

Even if you live in a safe neighborhood and aren't usually too worried about crime, you should do what you can to protect your unit from theft. These are some of the things that you can do to make your AC unit less susceptible to thieves.

1. Ensure That the Disconnect Box Isn't Accessible

Connected to your air conditioning unit is a box that allows you or your HVAC professional to disconnect power from the unit. This is important because it prevents shock when the unit is being worked on or touched. Since your average AC unit thief knows that it's important to disconnect the power from the unit before attempting to steal it, making this impossible can cause him or her to move on. Luckily, you can ask your HVAC professional for a lock box that will make your disconnect box inaccessible without a code or key.

2. Fence It In

If your unit is fenced in and locked, it will be much more difficult to remove. You can use regular chain link fencing to do the job, but an even better option is to purchase a cage that is designed for this use, as these make it nearly impossible to steal the unit, so it's worth the money to have it installed. Just make sure that the fence or cage offers plenty of holes, since your unit is going to need to be able to breathe.

3. Light it Up

If you don't have a lot of money to spend but want to take anti-theft steps now, the cheapest way of doing so is by installing lighting near your unit. Motion-sensing lights can be picked up at any home improvement store and can work quite well at deterring would-be thieves from tampering with your air conditioning unit.

The last thing that you probably want to deal with is a stolen air conditioning unit. Fortunately, these three tips can help decrease your chances of this happening.

For more information on AC, contact a company like Phil's Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.