In the past few months, there have been a growing number of reports of refrigerant thefts outside of homes across the country. While some thieves are stealing refrigerant in order to resell it for profit, a shockingly large amount of teenagers and young adults are using the chemicals in refrigerant to get high. In fact, Fox 2 News here in St. Louis recently ran a story about this problem right in our own neighborhoods.
This is an extremely dangerous epidemic, because huffing refrigerant can lead to freezing of the lungs, brain damage and even death. Luckily, St. Louis area homeowners can help stop this problem by installing refrigerant locking caps on their air conditioners.
Refrigerant locking caps are specially made caps that fit onto the service valve of any air conditioning unit. These caps can only be removed by using a key that is designed to fit the locking cap. Without that key, the locking cap will keep on spinning when you attempt to remove it.
Jerry Kelly is now adding refrigerant locking caps with every service call in order to help block thieves from access to the refrigerant in St. Louis area air conditioners.
Refrigerant theft is not only a dangerous problem, but it can also have a direct financial impact on homeowners. Given the fact that the cost of refrigerant has tripled in the past year, replacing stolen refrigerant can leave you with a big bill. Air conditioners that are undercharged with refrigerant will also experience efficiency and operational problems. As a result, refrigerant locking caps help protect your equipment, your wallet and your community.
If you have any questions about refrigerant locking caps, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling company.