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Furnace and Boiler Puffbacks

Oct 13, 2017

The following article on “Furnace and Boiler Puffbacks”, written by Matt Livingston of HVAC Investigators, originally appeared in the Technical Notebook Column of Claims Magazine and was also published on Property Casualty 360.  Soot damage from puffbacks can cause an extensive amount of damage throughout a structure.  As the weather gets colder and homeowners start up their heating systems for […]

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How hurricane force winds impact HVAC systems

Sep 18, 2017

The following article on “Windblown: How hurricane force winds impact HVAC systems”, written by Matt Livingston of HVAC Investigators, was originally published on Property Casualty 360. The 2017 hurricane season has proven to be one for the record books, reminding everyone of the importance of being prepared to handle catastrophic losses. As demonstrated by Irma, the most dangerous aspect […]

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Identifying water-damaged HVAC systems after a hurricane

Sep 08, 2017

The following article on “Identifying water-damaged HVAC systems after a hurricane”, written by Matt Livingston of HVAC Investigators, was originally published on Property Casualty 360. As the floodwaters recede across the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Harvey, the arduous process of claims investigation begins to unfold. CAT adjusters from across the country are travelling to the impacted areas to assess […]

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The Impact of HVAC Theft on Property Claims

Aug 22, 2017

One in every 235 homeowners files a theft claim each year. These damages average nearly $4,000 per paid claim, according to the Insurance Information Institute. A major contributing factor to these staggering theft claim statistics is HVAC theft. Get your free copy of our HVAC theft claim guide here Theft of coils from multiple HVAC […]

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Hurricane Damage Resources for Adjusters

Jul 24, 2017

2016 was the busiest Atlantic hurricane season in the past four years and served as a reminder of how devastating hurricane damage can be. Last year, there were 15 named storms in the Atlantic basin, and 2 hurricanes made landfall in the United States, which was above the annual average of 11.7 named storms and […]

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HVAC Compressor Damage: Lightning or Wear & Tear

Jul 10, 2017

The following article on “HVAC Compressor Damage: Lightning or Wear & Tear”, written by Matt Livingston of HVAC Investigators, originally appeared in the Technical Notebook Column of the July 2017 issue of Claims Magazine and was also featured on Property Casualty 360.  In the summer months, when severe weather is most prevalent, property carriers see […]

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Identifying Lightning Damage to HVAC Systems

Identifying Lightning Damage to HVAC Systems

Jun 16, 2017

Lightning strikes the earth about 100 times every second and can heat the surrounding air to up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (The Weather Channel). As such a destructive force, it’s no wonder lightning damage caused $790 million in homeowners insurance losses in 2015 and an average of almost $8,000 per paid claim (Insurance Information Institute). […]

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The Rising Wildfire Risk And Property Claims

May 15, 2017

Wildfire risk has been on the rise throughout the past decade. The first four months of 2017 have shown an increase of 20% in the number of wildfires compared to the beginning of 2016 (III), and 2015 set a new record of 68,151 wildfires burning 10,125,149 acres. Wildfires are a natural way for the ecosystem […]

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2016 Property Claim Trends – Regionality of Claims

Apr 25, 2017

Analyzing property claim trends presents a significant opportunity for insurance executives and adjusters alike to improve and plan for the future. Our Annual Claims Report provides many property claim trends that are valuable to property and casualty insurance claim professionals. One set of compelling statistics is the regionality of claims. How claims are distributed by […]

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Spring Storm Claims Toolkit for Adjusters

Apr 17, 2017

Spring storm season started with a bang across much of the United States, and weather events are only expected to increase in frequency throughout the season. According to Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, severe weather in the U.S., this March, cost insurers more than $2 billion. March typically signifies the start of many destructive […]

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