In recent years, copper has become more valuable. As the price for scrap copper rises, thieves are tempted to cash in by stealing any copper they can find that isn’t nailed down. This means that heat pump and air conditioner components, which do typically contain copper wiring and coils, are at risk of being stolen, especially considering that they are often outdoor fixtures more susceptible to casual theft.
Contemporary residential air conditioners contain about $80 worth of scrap copper inside, well worth it to committed thieves. If the outside unit of your air conditioner or heat pump is visible from a well-trafficked street or sidewalk, it has a much smaller chance of being stolen.
Here’s some simple actions you can take to help protect your copper-rich air conditioner or heat pump:
Contact us at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal for more heat pump and A/C protection advice. We’ve been serving Northwest Arkansas for more than 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Northwest Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about copper thievesand other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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