One potential problem that homeowners might not expect is criminal interest in the copper used for heat pump condensers. Copper thieves are becoming more and more common throughout the United States, meaning there’s a serious need to protect both heat pump and air conditioning condensers that are standing exposed out in the open.
Consider putting some of these tips to use to protect your home’s heat pump condenser:
- The simplest method is to keep it concealed. Copper thieves cannot steal something if no one knows it’s there. Even something as simple as planting shrubs to visually block the condenser can keep it concealed from casual inspection. However, it’s important to note that this isn’t the most effective method out there. Condensers need clear space around them, and copper thieves can also use the shrubs for concealment.
- Keeping the heat pump condenser in a cage is a more expensive but also more effective method. So long as copper thieves have time and concealment, they can work their way in if they want to. This option is best used along with other methods of protection.
- Connecting the heat pump condenser to the home security system is one of the most effective methods of protection. Common options include sensors that can tell if condensers have been either disconnected or removed from their resting places. Adding motion lights to the area can also work against potential copper thieves.
For more information about protecting your home’s heat pump condenser, contact All Year Heating, Air & Solar. We serve the HVAC needs of homeowners in and around Sacramento.