By Susan Stern — If your home received hail damage by the May 11, 2016 overnight storm that struck the Omaha metro area, Snell Heating and AC recommends you have your service technician take a good look at your AC unit for damage. This particular storm pounded northwest Omaha, a huge swath primarily extending on the north and south-side of 132nd – 180th and West Maple Road.
“We’ve been getting quote a few service calls for AC unit damage,” notes Jerry Snell, owner of Snell Heating and AC, serving the Omaha metro.
Snell points out that coil fins struck by hail can bend and damage the unit thereby reducing the airflow, efficiency and may result in higher electric bills. While a lot of people request the damage to be combed out, this process is not always effective.
“When I come out for a service call I take a look for dents in the coils. A lot of them are so damaged, that if we tried to straighten them they rip and tear out. Depending on the severity of the damage, if I see one that is approaching 40-50% coil space damage, then we try to address it. Sometimes the damage is beyond repair, no matter how hard we try, we cannot get the coils back to factory-fit condition,” added Snell.
If damage is severe, homeowners may want to consider replacing their outdoor AC unit. If you already filed a claim for roof and siding damage, you might consider supplying your insurance adjuster with a supplement estimate for AC unit replacement.
One more bit of important advice for Jerry Snell, owner of Snell Heating and AC based in Gretna, Nebraska:
“Just have your units inspected by a qualified heating and air company. Of course, try to stay away from fly-by-nighters and a friend-of-a-friend,” said Snell.
For air conditioning service calls to inspect Omaha hail damage to AC units, call Snell Heating and AC today. Serving Omaha, Elkhorn, Bellevue, Papillion, Gretna and Ashland Nebraska.
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