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Pros & Cons of AC Condenser Location

October 7, 2013 | Blog

HVAC unit hidden outside a restaurant in Houston, TX

While you may not think about it, AC units are targets for theft because of the precious metals inside. For this reason, home and business owners alike should consider hiding and securing their outdoor AC units. Let’s talk about this condenser’s location at a local restaurant, which is a great example of how location and security could be better.

Pros and Cons

At first glance, this condenser looks caged because of the material on the side of the unit. However, it was surprisingly exposed behind the restaurant, and it wasn’t locked up at all. In performing the AC repair on this unit I noticed several items regarding our past conversations about beauty and security.


  • The area was well lit.
  • The unit was well-covered by both tall bushes and a beautiful stone fence.


  • The unit was not secured with locks.
  • Electrical disconnect boxes were easily accessible and unlocked.
  • It was easily visible from the street despite the bushes.
  • The area wasn’t covered by security cameras.

Obviously, this unit could be much more secure. With the comfort of everyone inside the building and costly replacement bills at stake, making your AC unit difficult to get into is worth the investment. Placing it somewhere out of sight from the street but in sight of security cameras is something everyone should consider if they can. Additionally, locking up the outdoor AC components will keep them safe from possible theft.

Check out our blog on clever ways to hide your AC without compromising the aesthetic of your home, and contact Mission AC today for more tips.


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