If you live in an area that is prone to hail, your HVAC system might be vulnerable to hail damage. After a severe hail storm, there are several professionals you might need to contact, including your HVAC installation technician.
Have Your HVAC Inspected Afterward
An air conditioning repair technician can come out and inspect the damage. In some cases, you're best off having your HVAC system removed and a new one installed depending on the extent of the damage.
Beware of Floodwater
Often, a hailstorm will coincide with rain. If your home suffers from severe rain, it may reach a point where your HVAC is sitting in the floodwater and sustaining damage. Under these circumstances, make sure to contact an HVAC technician because he or she might need to replace the current HVAC and install a new one.
Dry Your HVAC Out
Whether or not you will need a new HVAC system will be based in part on whether you unplugged your HVAC system and allowed it to dry out. If you place a tarp over your HVAC system, you might create an even worse situation because you might not allow your HVAC system to air out properly. Instead, make sure to leave the HVAC uncovered and it should be inspected to make sure that internal damage is not interfering with airflow.
Your HVAC Might Be Finished
In some cases, the HVAC system can be repaired, such as if the bent fins are straightened out, but a sizable portion of HVAC systems damaged by hail need to be completely replaced. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, you might want to consider replacing it anyway.
You might also notice that your energy bills keep increasing and that you just can't get your home to reach a comfortable temperature. You might simply need your thermostat replaced, or your HVAC motor might have suffered severe damage as a result of the flooding and hailstorm.
Beware of Strange Smells and Sounds
If your HVAC system is damaged, you might begin to notice odd smells, strange noises and you might also notice more dust around the home. Your HVAC system might not be efficient enough to remove dust from your home. Unusual smells can be the result of dust burning off. It may also result from mold that has crept into your system after a flood. Grinding and squealing noises are also a bad sign.
For more information, contact your local air conditioning installation services.