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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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05:53 16 Nov 21
Binh is a wonderful person and a great representative of his company. Excellent communicator, honest and hard worker
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Linda Wendell
21:53 15 Nov 21
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Vander Shanholt
01:03 13 Nov 21
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Barbara Myers
23:26 12 Nov 21
11/12/2021 - Another great Hobiaca experience - thanks for sending Justin Driver to service my HVAC and complete the water heater repair. Great service and very professional. Thank you HobiacaHobaica thank you for always sending the best in the business - Ryan Waters was so nice and professional. I really think your team sets the example for others in knowledge of your products and services you provide. Thank you!!
Diane Stouffer
Diane Stouffer
16:57 12 Nov 21
Binh Tran was great! He replaced the capacitor on our AC unit before we had an issue w the motor. He was courteous and professional. Thank you, Binh!
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01:42 12 Nov 21
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Marc Jouandet
Marc Jouandet
23:36 11 Nov 21
Scott came by today to perform routine maintenance on our air conditioners. He discovered one of the capacitors to be failing & was able to replace it quickly & efficiently. Now I can get through the summer without worries. Thanks Scott!
Jack Guzman
Jack Guzman
22:13 11 Nov 21
Hello, just a little note to tell you how great our Technicians were today.Ivan and Troy showed up a little ahead of schedule, met with us, checked out the work areas and got right to work. And they did a fantastic job! I thought I was going to hear all kinds of banging and all kinds of noise but instead it was just a little bit of noise and the cool sound of Ivan whistling... reminded me of my Dad, he always whistled to, it was great.Troy was also quietly working outside.Upon completion of the work Troy and Ivan showed us their work and how the new thermostat worked.They did a great job with the installation, very professional work! I've seen a few air conditioning/furnace installations over the years when building homes with my dad and cousin...and these two technicians (Ivan and Troy) are obviously very good at what they do, and very good with the customer service experience they exhibited to us!!And personally I think they both definitely deserve a raise!!! And no, they didn't ask me to say this, LOL. It's obvious they're humble guys that would never ask for something like this, but they definitely deserve a raise...at minimum some fantastic kudos to some great Hobiaca Technicians!Kudos to Ivan and Troy for a job very well done!Thank you,Jack and Jackie Guzman11/11/2021

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