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DID SPRING HAIL DAMAGE YOUR HVAC EQUIPMENT?

DID SPRING HAIL DAMAGE YOUR HVAC EQUIPMENT?

By: Chris Westlake, Vice President of RK Service 

Colorado is known for its severe spring and summer storms, and they typically include large hailstones. Hail forms when updrafts in thunderstorms pull rain up into frigid areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into ice pellets. When the storm can no longer support the weight of the hailstones or the updraft weakens, the hail falls to the ground. The larger the hailstones, the more damage they can do.

Hail can cause serious damage to a building’s roof or ground-mounted machinery and equipment. It often damages the facility’s condenser unit, reducing its ability to dissipate heat. This excess heat not only greatly reduces building efficiency and creates unhappy occupants, it is likely to cause the compressor and condenser fans to fail, resulting in much higher repair costs.

RTU
An RTU damaged in a major hail storm.

AFTER A BIG STORM YOU NEED TO HAVE YOUR EQUIPMENT CHECKED!

  • Assess equipment exposure:
    Conduct an on-site inspection to alert you of potential problems and possible solutions.
  • Repair or replace equipment:
    Hire a qualified technician to perform necessary repairs or replace your damaged equipment, if necessary.
  • Prevent damage from the next storm:
    Install hail guards to protect the longevity and energy efficiency of your equipment.
  • Prolong asset life and reduce your operating costs: 
    Keeping up with planned maintenance is the most efficient way to keep your equipment up and running.

Contact RK Service at service@rkmi.com to conduct a free inspection of your rooftop or ground-mounted equipment, make any emergency repairs or replacements and help you prevent damage from the next storm. If you experienced additional hail damage to your roof or windows, our team can also connect you with other experienced and reputable contractors, getting you back in business as soon as possible.

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