HVAC Copper in the Hood

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We have the HVAC unit in a cage with chains around it as well, but there is still the exposed copper from the unit to the house. With freon and a new weld for the copper, it is going to run us $900.

We have the house under contract, but it is still in the option period and the house has not yet passed inspection or had the bank appraisal. 

The first question is, do we have to fix it to be able to pass inspection and make appraisal, or can we propose to the buyer that we will fix it before closing or give them an allowance for them to fix it after closing? 

If we do fix it, the house is vacant and it is likely to get hit again before closing (maybe even before the inspection and appraisal can be completed).  

This is not our first flip in this area (hence the cage and the chains), but after having both the inside and outside into smashed on the first one... the chains in addition to the cage seemed to be enough of a deterrent.

I haven't found a good way to protect that exposed copper. Any ideas?

We don't mind making the fix, I would just rather not have to make the same fix at ~$1000 a pop multiple times before making it to close. 

Good day.

From a technician stand point. First you need to talk to the seller about getting an HVAC Tech, or handyman, to close the service valves on the condenser, with an allen wrench or service tool, so that moisture, non condensibles and bugs don’t enter the unit.

How close is the unit to the house? For service reasons, you need at least 18”-24” from the house per manufacturers install instructions.

I don’t know what the local codes are in your area, but I would move the unit close to the house, increase the size of the cage, and attach the cage to the house. 

FYI, always use square or round tubing, four poles and chain link are no match for lineman pliers or bolt cutters.

Make sure your cage opens on the top, so you can service the fan or compressor if need  be. 

P.S., Don’t skimp on the lock, use a contractor grade lock, if possible, get the lock installed on the inside of the cage (no room for bolt cutters to open), and make multiple copies of the key.