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Copper Wire Theft Prevention For Your AC Unit - 4/6/09

It's on CNBC. It's on CNN. It's on MSNBC. All of the financial pundits on these networks reluctantly agree, the real estate market is far from bottoming. The worst, unfortunately, is yet to come. You can either choose to become a victim of or a victor over this ever increasing epidemic. The right information is the difference between the two.

It's spring again. Rain falls. Flowers bloom. Copper gets stolen. It's something you don't normally think about, but it is that serious. It is still a bit cool outside from time to time so controlling the temperature is not really a problem. However, as always, there is that stretch of days where spring brings summer temperatures. You go to adjust the ac unit for your family at home or the employees in your office only to find that nothing happens.

You immediately feel that this is just an oversight and is surely a maintenance or service issue. Until you go outside to actually take a look at your unit, that your worst fear is realized: everything is there except the copper wires that carry the coolant through your ac unit. Congratulations, you are the latest victim of an increasingly common crime of copper wire theft. Instantly, a simple solution has turned into an expensive repair that was totally preventable.

When a home or business is vacant, owners instinctively make sure the doors and windows to their properties are closed and locked. Some will go as far as to make sure the grass is cut. However, even the savviest owner rarely gives a second notice to what is going on with the most expensive appliance they have outside of their property. The selling point that the average owner makes about a property having central air is taken for granted and ends up becoming a deal breaker because you decided not to protect your unit from copper wire theft.

Copper wire theft is on the rise. From 2003 to 2008, prices for scrap copper have increased fivefold. All types of structures have fallen victim, such as community centers, libraries, homes, and commercial buildings. Copper is making its comeback for one very strange reason: recent valuations of scrap copper place it at up to 90% of the value of newly-manufactured copper, so it's not hard to see its lure for thieves.

To make sure that your home or business has a comfortable summer, be sure to continue to check your ac unit in the off season, make sure no damage has been done during that time, turn it on periodically just to ensure it is still working, and be sure to invest in an ac cage unit from AC Armor that will protect your investment for as long as you own your ac unit.

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