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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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Curt Lauwers
Curt Lauwers
01:20 29 Jul 21
Simon Peterson was my service technician. Very impressive young man. He explained everything first, did the work and gave me suggestions of what I could do in the future to extend the life of my unit. No high pressure, no bs. I highly recommend Hobaica and Simon for A/C repairs.
Ellen Battilana
Ellen Battilana
00:36 28 Jul 21
Loved the Hobaica service! Steven A. was the technician and I can't say enough great things about him. Called when he was on the way to my house (on-time as promised), very friendly, polite and explained exactly what happened and what he was doing to fix it. Super customer service!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND this family owned, local business.
ardy rinki
ardy rinki
00:17 28 Jul 21
Very good service providedVery punctual and completed the work in a timely mannerExplained the work that needed to be done and did a very good job fixing the problemVery good service in overall
Roger Freeman
Roger Freeman
22:05 27 Jul 21
Ryan performed the work on time with great efficiency.
Sita Cooney
Sita Cooney
18:58 27 Jul 21
Gave clear and concise information about my AC problems; gave solutions at various costs & warranties, and was professional and courteous throughout the exchange. I didn’t feel pressured and I feel very confident as a long-time customer.
Barbara Everst
Barbara Everst
13:38 27 Jul 21
Great service, on time and friendly. I love the peace of mind from the regular maintenance for my air conditioner and will ask for Tom again next time
Lou Stahl
Lou Stahl
19:22 26 Jul 21
I had a leaky faucet and, because our regular plumber was out of town, called Hobaica because they have serviced our AC/heating units for years and I knew I could trust them to do plumbing work, too. Ryan Waters came over in just a couple of hours and quickly diagnosed and fixed the problem. I would recommend him to anybody who needs an honest and efficient plumber.
Mark Rafferty
Mark Rafferty
17:53 26 Jul 21
Melissa in scheduling was FANTASTIC! She was very knowledgable and experience on how to get your Technicians out to our house that had no AC! Melissa and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!Your Technician Jacey M was FANTASTIC! Very knowledgeable about the issues at hand and how to fix properly. He and Hobaica are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A+++
Ronald Rhoades
Ronald Rhoades
09:02 26 Jul 21
I quote Rev Rick Lewis at his request to relay the following information:I want to thank Scott Dale and Hobaica for outstanding service on my ac repair. Scott was veryProfessional,knowledgeable and pleasant. The job was completed in a very timely fashion and IAm very happy to commend both Scott and Hobaica, Thank you! Rick Lewis, Phx AzI Ronald Rhoades did have similar AC problem that Scott Dale fixed on short notice on a hot 115 deg.day and referred him to Rev Lewis when he called me about his AC outage. Thanks again to Scott and Hobaica service!

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