There are not many things worse than your Palm Bay, FL air conditioner deciding it isn’t up to the task of cooling your home. Agreed? If you live in Melbourne and are feeling the heat, what can you do about it? First things first, contact Florida Breeze Air and Heat and let one of our NATE certified technicians come asses your HVAC system and get to the root of the issue. We will determine the issue and fix the problem and we are available 24/7 throughout Brevard and Indian River Counties. We know a thing or two about cooling systems because we’ve been in the business for over 20 years and we bring all of that experience to each and every call we make. We also service, repair, and install all makes and models so you can rest assured we will know how to handle your particular system and get you back to cool in no time flat.
However, one thing we cannot do is repair an HVAC system that isn’t there. Yep, you read that right. Your cooling system can be a valuable item for thieves looking to profit from the copper contained within the outside portion of the unit, the condenser. Copper retains its value and can be sold for up to $2.60 a pound. For those looking to make a quick buck, your condenser could be an opportunity to cash in. Once this happens, you are looking at a potential full replacement of your cooling system after you file an insurance claim to cover the theft. This will, in turn, cause your premiums to go up. According to the Insurance Information Institute, over 97% of claims made in the year 2016 were due to damage that was done to property and theft is included in this category. As a Florida resident, you already have the misfortune of paying high insurance rates and having to file a claim on a busted AC will only make them go up.
So, what can you do?
There are safeguards you can put into place in order to protect your outside unit. First off, make sure the area is well lit. Your condenser is typically out of sight and tucked away so having proper lighting will deter theft. You can take it a step further by adding surveillance cameras to your home security system too. Another tip is to enclose your condenser. Special condenser cages can keep your condenser safe from theft and you have a variety of options to choose from as well.
You are counting on your Port St. Lucie air-conditioner to keep your family cool and comfortable this summer, so why not protect your home’s most valuable appliance? With a little extra work on your part, you can keep your cooling system from becoming a target for thieves and save your family lots of hassle.