Just like any other piece of equipment or machinery, it’s important that you protect your commercial HVAC system from theft and damage. There are many valuable components within HVAC systems that make them attractive to thieves, just as there are many potential sources of damage that you should be aware of.
This article explains what to look out for and how to prevent your HVAC system being stolen or damaged.
Thieves are mainly opportunistic criminals: they’ll only strike when the best opportunity presents itself. So, if you don’t implement proper precautions for your HVAC system, its risk of being stolen increases. But why would someone want to steal any part of an HVAC system in the first place?
Attempted theft or actual theft can irreversibly damage your HVAC system, making it necessary to replace the entire unit or, at the very least, invest in an expensive repair. Even if you’re covered by insurance, it still creates hassle and disruption to your business. Luckily, there are a few measures you can take to reduce the risk of HVAC system theft.
Just like other crimes, HVAC theft is likely to occur if there is motive, means, and opportunity. While you don’t have any control over the first two factors, you can minimize the amount of opportunity a thief has by making it more difficult for them to access your unit in an inconspicuous or straightforward manner.
Here are our tips for protecting your HVAC system from theft:
There are many ways for an HVAC system to become damaged. It could be damaged by bad weather, like hail storms or flooding – even cold temperatures can negatively impact your HVAC system. External units are also at risk of being damaged by freak accidents, such as a fallen tree branch or a car crash. While your unit can also be damaged by attempted theft, human error, or system malfunction, these are usually avoidable if safety measures, maintenance protocols, and anti-theft procedures are followed.
Bad weather and other types of external forces can cause irreversible damage to your HVAC system. When protecting your unit from this kind of damage, think about some of the following tips:
-If you have trees near your building, make sure to get their branches trimmed if a storm is expected.
-You should also double check your system’s wirings to prevent short circuits during heavy rains or storms.
-You can also install hail guards, which protect against impact damage whilst maintaining good airflow, as well as flood walls, which can keep excess water away.
If you’re in the Kansas City metro area and would like to chat about your commercial HVAC system, contact us today for your customized quote.