Last week we wrote about copper theft and its effect on your wallet, and we also gave some preventative options to consider. If you’re serious about protecting your A/C investments and yourself against copper theft, refrigerant alarm systems are the way to go.

While other systems are only triggered after the damage has been done which can mean extra money in repair costs, there are various types of refrigerant alarm systems to consider:

  • Pressure Sensors
  • Voltage Sensors
  • Self Contained Alarm Systems
  • Monitored Alarm Systems

According to Robert W. Frederick and Associates, monitored alarm systems are generally the best way to go in terms of early detection and additional cost prevention. These systems are connected to a home alarm system, and when a theft is detected the alarm is immediately sounded. Once the alarm has been triggered, the monitoring company is contacted and the police dispatched. Monitored alarm systems are highly sensitive. If the wiring is being tampered with or even if the power is shut off, the alarm will still sound if theft is detected.

Since everyone has different needs, there isn’t a “one size fits all” refrigerant alarm system. Because we care about our customers, we recommend you research the systems we have mentioned above. Researching will give you a better understanding of which system would be the best fit for your specific needs. It is always better to spend $400-$600 in prevention than spend anywhere from $3,000-$14,000 in repairs or replacement.

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