An HVAC Evaluation For Hail Damage Is Important
Get a licensed HVAC technician evaluate the damage to your system. Get a written estimate for proper repairs for your insurance adjuster.
Typical Hail Damage
Top of the unit or fan shroud usually gets hit the hardest. Visual damage is dents in the shroud & grill which can be replaced. The often times hidden damage is to the fan blades and/or fan mount both of which throw the fan operation out of balance. Insurance will cover all of this if properly diagnosed & documented by a licensed HVAC contractor
The condenser coil (aluminum fins) get dented and folded over restricting air flow and reduces efficiency and shortens the life of the system. Often, minor damage can be combed out. We use a specialized comb to straighten out the bent aluminum. This does not restore it to new but does open the fins for proper air flow. When the surface of the coil has damage or restrictions on more that 25% of the surface, then the coil should not be combed but replaced. Your adjuster will likely recommend (pay for) combing regardless of the extent of damage unless you have a written diagnosis from a licensed contractor.
If you have hail guards on your system then you most likely did not suffer damage to the coil itself but the guard is likely compromised and should be replaced.
You might not think about it but having your HVAC inspected after a hail storm and receiving a written HVAC evaluation for insurance purposes is important.
Unfortunately hail damage to your AC unit can be a lot more than cosmetic. Damage to the coil (the aluminum fins) can ruin the efficiency of the system and shorten the life of your compressor.
Insurance will typically cover all the damage but often times the adjuster does not realize the extent of the damage, therefore they do not authorize the proper repair.
If you have a HVAC company that you work with it’s probably a good idea to reach out to them. If not, we are happy to provide you with a written evaluation of your system by one of our licensed, trained technicians at no charge. The evaluation can be presented to your adjuster in terms they understand with customary pricing they typically approve.
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