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Copper Theft in Phoenix

Copper theft is fast becoming a nationwide problem due to the rising prices of this precious metal. The cases of theft usually involve any product that has copper content in it, but air conditioners are now becoming an easy target for thieves since AC units are typically outside and on the ground.

Evaluating the price of copper theft

Homeowners usually pay the greater cost when they lose their air conditioning units to thieves. These thieves can make around $150 per residential air conditioner. However, the price can escalate up to $300 for large commercial air conditioners for very little effort on the part of the thief.

Copper theft and vandalism are typically covered under a traditional home owner insurance policy, however, the home owner is still responsible to pay the deductible even if the insurance company agrees to replace the entire unit.

How to prevent copper theft

Like with most risks, prevention is the best policy and best way to save yourself from the headache and violation that any type of theft can create.

Hiding the air conditioning unit from the public

Unlike other parts of the country, the majority of Phoenix homes have a fenced back yard and ground units are usually located inside the of the fence.  That alone provides one level of security.  Adding a lock to your gate, adds a second layer of security.  Remember, thieves in general look for what is easy, so a locked gate and a separate gate by the unit, can easily make a thieve move on to a home where he can walk right through.

Installing lights

Thieves are always afraid of being noticed and the best way to expose their activities is by introducing light around their targets. Thieves leverage the cover of darkness to hide their activities. A motion activated light can make your unit too much of a challenge for thief and they might move on where they can find the darkness they need.

Caging

This process involves the creation and installation of a lockable cage that surrounds the air conditioner. Most thieves will not even attempt to break through cages, its simply too difficult giving the payout for the copper.  Cages have an added benefit, as they also protects the air conditioner from  branches, debris and keeps the pets from digging or marking the unit, which also causes a lot damage.

Vacant Homes

Vacant homes or those owned by seasonal visitors are especially vulnerable to theft, not just of copper but vandalism and break-ins as well.  Having a management company, security or a reliable neighbor making regular checks on the property is very important.  A unit that is dismantled for copper theft and then left unattended and exposed to weather for several months before being discovered can cause a higher level of damage to the unit and more costly repairs.

Call the Comfort Specialists at Hobaica Services to help you determine the best security for your unit and the logical steps you can take to protect your Phoenix home from copper theft.

Hobaica Services has been serving Arizona since 1952 and has a stellar reputation for performing above industry standards, providing a worry free experience and enjoying hundreds of referrals every month from customers who have trusted our team for over 60 years.

Contact Hobaica Services today for your Comfort Evaluation @ www.hobaica.com or 602-995-0387

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Michael Crivaro
Michael Crivaro
01:53 28 Oct 21
Hobaica comes out every 6 months to do an AC checkup. John was our technician this time and did a great, thorough job. He went above and beyond to make sure everything was running how it should be. They have always been great and hope to have John back the next time.
Ron Barre
Ron Barre
17:57 27 Oct 21
Annual maintenance of HVAC systems and upgrade my AC system with a little more protection from any future malfunction.
Joy Lewis
Joy Lewis
23:17 26 Oct 21
Ryan is by far the best Service Technician. He has been out several times and has done plumbing and AC repairs. Recommend Ryan and Hobaica for all of your home needs they do it all. Thanks Ryan!! Extremely impressed with Amer and Juan. They are thorough and gave me advice on taking better care of my unit by changing my filter more often, I did not know that. Asked about my carbon monoxide dector and I found out online it had been recalled, had Amer not mentioned the dector I would not have checked it out. They are very Iinformative about the services Hobaica offers. Can't say enough good about Hobaica, and Amer and Juan. I do recommend Hobaica to my friends.
ed mulrean
ed mulrean
22:48 26 Oct 21
John Miranda was wonderful. He wore a mask, as we do in our house, and wore shoe coverings when in the house. These may seem like small things but they demonstrate respect and professionalism. He gave our system a serious review and changes interior filters. I hope that the for our next seasonal service that Hobaica sends him out to us again.
Pat Dudley
Pat Dudley
15:49 26 Oct 21
I had Hobaica out for HVAC maintenance and duct cleaning. It was soon discovered my unit was limping along on its last leg and soon to bite the dust. Luckily it got me thru the summer. James came and helped us get a GREAT system that should keep us very comfortable in the future! Great service, very professional and courteous - all technicians who came out were also! You’ll spend a little bit of $ but as they say, you get what you pay for!!
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Elisa Armenta7ko7k7kk7ok7k
15:13 26 Oct 21
I had Ryan from Hobaica take care of a bathtub leak. He was veryefficient and precise with his work. I really appreciate his thoroughnesswith everything. I highly recommend Ryan. Thank you..
Nel Adja
Nel Adja
18:12 25 Oct 21
Binh is helpful and professional. He understands the concern and come up with solution. Will recommend Binh to anyone.
elizabeth zuniga
elizabeth zuniga
23:47 23 Oct 21
John Miranda went above and beyond. He was very thorough professional and explained everything thoroughly. I would recommend him to anyone that needs the AC looked at.
Sidney Sexson
Sidney Sexson
21:49 23 Oct 21
Service was good. Binh Tran is an excellent technician. He is very knowledgeable and explains what the issues are so you are confident in the service.

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