Here’s How To Detect Air Leaks Inside Your Home

How to Detect Air Leaks Inside the House?In this blog post, we’ll review some easy ways to detect air leaks in your home that could be costing you money on your energy bills and negatively affecting your home’s comfort. Contact Wagner for more advice and service.

Why is sealing air leaks so important?

Air leaks inside a home account for around 10 to 30 percent of energy costs. The leaks often come from the cracks and openings inside the windows and doors. Air can also leak through the floor boards and electrical outlets.

The air leaks inside the house can make the HVAC system to work harder when cooling and heating the room, resulting in increased bills and reduced life of the system.

Detecting and solving air leaks inside the house is important as it can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. The cost and effort involved in sealing the house will be worth it in the end. You will have to face fewer major repairs and reduced energy bills resulting in great cost savings in the long run.

Here are some tips that can help you in detecting air leaks inside the house.

1. The hand test

You can use your hand to detect leaks inside the house. The hand test can help in discovering large drafts coming from the holes around the doors or windows. To find out the air leak, you should place the hands across the edges of windows, doors, air vents and fans in every room of the house. If you feel air on your hand, then it indicates you have an air leak.

2. The candle test

Another way to detect leaks inside the house is through a candle test. Turn off the air condition or heater and place a lighted candle near areas of potential leaks such as near light fixtures, electrical outlets, crown moldings, baseboards, and phone jacks. If the light flickers slightly when you place the candle near the area of potential leak, there might be an air leak.

3. Depressurize the house

This test can be performed when the day is cold and windy. Shut down the furnace and close all the doors and windows. Now, turn on all the fans in the house. Next, you should walk around the house with a lighted incense stick. You should pass the incense over the door, vents, windows, and other areas of potential leaks. If you see smoke blow into the house or sucked out of the house, you may have a leak.

4. Use ultrasonic air detector

Ultrasonic air detectors can also help you detect the air leaks inside the house. The leak detector can allow you to detect leaks using ultrasound. Just turn the device on and point at potential areas of leak. The device will scan the area that you are pointing and signal whether there is a leak. What’s best about the air leak detector is that it will be able to indicate whether the leaking air is cold or warm.

A qualified technician can perform an energy audit to detect air leaks inside the house. Sealing the air leaks will ensure optimal operation of your heating and cooling device.

Call Wagner to detect air leaks in your home

Apart from sealing the air leaks, you should also keep the HVAC system tuned regularly for optimum performance. If you want to connect with professional technicians for your furnace or air conditioner tune up, you can contact Wagner Mechanical.

Why you should consider a Mitsubishi ductless system

Many homes have air ducts and a traditional cooling and heating setup. Others do not. Both are perfect candidates for the addition of a Mitsubishi ductless system. That’s because ductless systems can be installed in any room of your house, including garages and home additions without ducts.

Non-intrusive, highly efficient, and powerful, ductless cooling and heating has become a popular comfort solution. That’s why Wagner Mechanical—New Mexico’s original cooling and heating company—is proud to partner with Mitsubishi to install advanced ductless systems. In this blog post, we’ll review some of the benefits of the Mitsubishi ductless system line, including better efficiency and greater zoned control over your comfort.

Mitsubishi Heating & Cooling LogoEnergy efficiency

Once, ductwork was the only way to deliver cooled or heated air throughout the home. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most inefficient ways to do so. It takes energy to push air through ducts and vents, and that’s not including the heated or cooled air that is lost through leaks in the ducts or into rooms that you’re not even in.

In contrast, ductless systems are far more energy efficient, as this U.S. Department of Energy infographic outlines. They don’t have ducts where energy can be lost and wasted, and they can be set to only cool or heat the room you’re currently in. Mitsubishi systems, especially, are built with energy efficiency in mind.

Zoned control

You can connect multiple ductless systems together to form an interconnected network of cooling and heating units throughout your home. Here’s where it gets really cool, though: you can then independently control each system. Does your visitor from out-of-town prefer a warmer temperature in their room compared to the rest of the home? You can use your smartphone to set that room a little higher than the rest. Or, is everyone spending time in the living room? Just cool that room without paying to chill the others that no one is in.

Zoned control is easy and allows you to customize the comfort of your home. It also can save you money over time: by only cooling or heating spaces that you need cooled or heated, you’ll reduce your energy bills.

Mitsubishi Ductless System

One of Wagner’s technicians changes out the filter in a Mitsubishi ductless system.

Other benefits

In addition to allowing you to control which parts of your home receive cooling or heating, ductless systems also offer better indoor air quality. One of the leading causes of poor indoor air quality in the United States is home air ducts. Out-of-sight and out-of-mind, ducts collect dust, pollution, pollen, pet dander, and more, trapping and storing it and then re-circulating it into your home’s air every time you turn on the air conditioner or furnace. Gross, right?

Of course, ductless systems don’t have ducts, so they don’t really have that issue. In fact, what our lineup of advanced Mitsubishi ductless units does have is an easy-to-clean filter that traps a vast majority of all airborne particles and contaminants. If you want to breathe easy and have better control over how often your home’s air filter gets cleaned, a ductless system might be the perfect option for your home.

Also, it should be noted that ductless systems come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Most modern systems are wall-mounted. Placed near the ceiling, they blend in with the rest of the room, and only need a small line that connects them to a small outside unit. Other ductless systems are floor units. Either way, you have more options than a traditional air conditioner that needs ductwork to function.

The Mitsubishi ductless system

As a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor, Wagner carries and installs some of the most advanced ductless air conditioners and heating systems on earth. Mitsubishi is one of the main companies responsible for bringing ductless cooling and heating to the United States, and we’re proud to be affiliated with them. They’ve pioneered some of the latest advances in the ductless world, including automatic sensors that can detect air temperature and make small adjustments, as well as better filters and quieter systems.

Sure, the name “Mitsubishi” is something you associate with cars. But, with a Mitsubishi ductless cooling and heating system, you’ll soon learn that they’ve brought great engineering into the home, as well. Give Wagner a call to learn more about our line of Mitsubishi ductless systems.

Get a free quote

The best way to learn if a Mitsubishi ductless system is right for your home is to give us a call. We offer free estimates on new cooling and heating systems, and our experienced, certified team can help you pick the right kind of ductless system. Get in contact with us, or read more about our ductless systems.

Swamp cooler shutdown season has arrived

During the hot summer months in northern New Mexico, it’s difficult to be comfortable in your home without your swamp cooler running. But, as summer ends and autumn brings colder months to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, it’s time to start thinking about swamp cooler shutdown for the season.

Wagner Mechanical offers swamp cooler shutdowns, and in this post, we’ll review some of the reasons you need our professional shutdown service this fall.

Swamp Cooler ShutdownWhy do I need to have my swamp cooler shut down?

Unlike air conditioners, an active ingredient in the operation of swamp coolers is water. Left to its own devices over the winter, water will freeze, rust metal, and become a future house for insects of all types in the spring. A professional swamp cooler shutdown has multiple steps, but a main task is removing this water from the system.

If you don’t remove the water, it could destroy your evaporative cooler over the course of the winter. Albuquerque is no stranger to freezing nights, and any water left in the water line will freeze, most likely causing the pipe to burst and need to be replaced the following spring when it’s time to start your system back up.

Water can also rust, causing essential mechanical parts to wear down and stop working. In short, failure to remove water from the swamp cooler prior to the fall could lead to the complete destruction of the evaporative cooler—which means you’ll have to pay to replace it next summer.

What does a swamp cooler shutdown include?

As a part of our swamp cooler shutdown process, the HVAC technicians at Wagner Mechanical will:

  • Remove all water from the pan, lines, and system as a whole.
  • Disconnect the water line.
  • Thoroughly clean the swamp cooler and seal any leaks.
  • Install a protective cover over the swamp cooler.
  • Seal the vent to the house.

Why should I have a professional company do this work?

You don’t want just anyone working with your evaporative cooler, especially when you’re winterizing it. To be properly ready for winter, all water needs to be removed from the line, components, pan, and more. An HVAC professional has the best equipment and expertise to get this job done, and it’s less hassle for you as a homeowner.

Our NATE-certified technicians are swamp cooler professionals who will not only winterize your unit, but also give it a tune-up to make sure it’s ready for startup in the spring. As part of our current special in Fall 2016, they’ll also get your furnace tuned-up while they’re there, making sure that you don’t have any problems with your heating system. It’s a great deal and can really help you knock two items off your home maintenance list at once.

Ready to have your swamp cooler shut down?

If you’re ready to winterize your system, contact us online or give the team at Wagner Mechanical a call today at (505) 884-2822. We’ll help you prepare your home’s swamp cooler for the colder months ahead, so that it’s ready to rock-n-roll again in the spring when things begin to heat up.

Reasons to get air conditioning maintenance

Chances are that air conditioning maintenance isn’t your number one priority right now. For busy families in New Mexico, keeping their air conditioner in top condition often gets pushed down the to-do list and left off of the budget. However, an AC tune-up from the professionals at Wagner Mechanical can have real benefits and even help save you money in the long run. In this post, we’ll review some of the reasons to keep your air conditioner maintained each and every year.

Air Conditioning MaintenanceDecreased energy costs

Your cooling bills in the summer can be high. However, your air conditioner may be using more energy than it needs to. As dust builds up on the cooling coils and the system experiences air leaks, cooling efficiency is being lost and your system has to work harder to maintain the same temperatures it once did in your home.

However, when you have a Wagner Mechanical technician inspect your system, we will restore your system’s energy efficiency by cleaning coils and sealing air leaks. Over the course of the summer, this will save you money on your electricity bills. Over the course of several summers, it’s entirely possible that the cost of the tune-ups will begin to pay for themselves in your increased energy efficiency.

Longer system lifespan

An air conditioner that receives regular maintenance from a certified professional will have a longer lifespan. Over time, certain parts within an air conditioner experience wear-and-tear, and the buildup of dust and other pollutants inside of the system can cause it to work harder than it has to keep your home cool. All of this adds up to a system that is under strain for much of the summer.

The technicians at Wagner Mechanical will inspect your system and fix any broken components, while also lubricating moving parts and cleaning coils. This work will not only boost your energy efficiency, but it will help reduce strain on individual parts and the system as a whole. In fact, annual tune-ups can lead to your system living for years longer than it would have otherwise. In the long run, this saves you money and allows you to better plan and budget for a new system on your terms.

Greater dependability

Did you know that most of the causes of air conditioning breakdowns stem from a lack of maintenance? With an annual AC tune-up, you can help ensure that your system runs right, all summer long. Although Wagner is available 24/7 for emergency repairs if your air conditioner does stop working, you’ll be less likely to need those repairs in the first place.

Trust your maintenance to a New Mexico original

Wagner Mechanical is the state’s oldest heating and cooling company. Since 1928, we’ve been providing the people of Albuquerque and Santa Fe with superior products, service, and advice. From tuning up air conditioners in the summer to repairing furnaces in the winter, Wagner’s certified technicians have seen it all. Don’t trust just any company with your annual AC maintenance. Turn to the original: Wagner Mechanical.

Benefits of new AC installation

It’s summer. Temperatures are rising, and—unfortunately—many air conditioning systems in the Albuquerque area are failing under the strain. If your system has seen its fair share of summers since you purchased it, it might not be a bad idea to start thinking about a new system now. After all, depending on the age of your air conditioner, the need for new AC installation could be right around the corner.

New, old: what’s the difference?

AC installation New MexicoLet’s say that your air conditioner is old enough to be in high school. When you purchased it more than a decade ago, your system may have been at the cutting edge of cooling technology. You may think that it’s still doing that. However, think about how much smartphones and computers have changed in that same period of time. Much in the same way, your air conditioner has been passed by modern versions.

Today’s air conditioners are more efficient, quiet, and reliable than their mid-’00s predecessors. As a Daikin Comfort Pro dealer, Wagner Mechanical sells and installs advanced systems that have some of the best features and specs on the market today. Known for their ability to push boundaries, Daikin is one of the world’s foremost air conditioning manufacturers because they continue to innovate and create systems that change the HVAC world.

When you invest in a new AC system, you’re benefitting from those years of technical development.

Long-term savings from AC installation

Thanks in part to those advances in energy efficiency, air conditioners today are far more efficient than those previously built. When you consider the cost of a new AC system, also weigh factors such as:

  • How much you’ll save on your monthly energy bill over the lifetime of the system, compared against how much you’re spending now.
  • How much you’ll save on repairs, since a new system is far, far less likely to have major issues—or they may be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
  • How much your home’s comfort means to you and your family.

These long-term savings and considerations may at least partially offset the cost of a new air conditioning system. If the upfront cost is an issue, consider giving us a call to inquire about financing, which is available for customers with approved credit.

Does your air conditioner make your home comfortable?

Cost is an important factor when you’re deciding whether to keep your current, older air conditioner or upgrade to a new one. However, keep the reason that you have an air conditioner in mind. Does it make you and your family comfortable? Is it slow to start and cool your home, leaving your family room warm at the exact moment you want to spend time in it?

If you enjoy your current air conditioner and it does what it needs to, you may want to stick with it. However, if you feel uncomfortable in your home, that can be the tipping point in favor of an upgrade to a new system. If you’re not sure about this, talk to the experts at Wagner. Our technicians can help you decide what course of action is best for you.

For more than 85 years, Wagner has been helping New Mexico’s families with both summer and winter comfort. Our NATE-certified, experienced technicians are standing by to provide you with great service, whether you need emergency AC repair or AC installation. Give us a call—we’d be happy to help you.

Three signs you may need AC repair

The most obvious sign that you need AC repair from the specialists at Wagner Mechanical is when your unit stops working altogether. However, what happens when something goes wrong with your air conditioner but it continues running?

From coolant leaks to strange noises and smells, your air conditioner may be giving you other warning signs of an impending breakdown. You just have to know how to interpret them. In this post, Wagner will run through just a few of these potential signals.

AC repair AlbuquerqueStrange noises

If you’ve owned your air conditioner for a number of years, you tend to know what it sounds like upon startup and shutdown. So, when your system begins to deviate from those normal behaviors and make rattling, grinding, popping, or squealing sounds, you’ll know. Don’t ignore these noises as just a part of the weather.

There could be something that is loose that is causing the rattle. A moving part that has lost lubrication may be making the grinding or squealing sound. Or, the popping sound may indicate that something is wrong with the electrical. All of these problems could lead to a potential system breakdown, so don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Wagner Mechanical out to inspect your air conditioner.

Strange smells

Perhaps this is harder to notice than the noises, but if your air conditioner system or ducts are emitting an odd odor, try to identify what it is.

  • A burning or metallic smell could be that electrical wires have burnt through insulation and are now burning insulation.
  • A musty or moldy smell may be an indicator that the drainage is blocked and things are growing in your system.

In case it isn’t obvious, both of these smells are signs of a less-than-ideal situation. If you’re left wondering what that smell is, give Wagner Mechanical a call so that one of our technicians can investigate and get to the bottom of the odor.

Your system is leaking coolant

If you see strange liquids pooled outside of your AC unit or anywhere else in the vicinity of the system, it may be a sign that AC coolant is leaking from your system. This is a serious problem that not only compromises the performance of your system, but could pose a health risk to your family and pets.

Coolant is potentially toxic, so stay away and call Wagner. We offer 24/7 emergency service, so we can dispatch an experienced and skilled technician to your home to deal with the problem and apply a long-term, long-lasting fix—or otherwise advise you on your options.

Wagner Mechanical is New Mexico’s favorite AC repair company

Since 1928, Wagner Mechanical has provided the residents of Albuquerque and Santa Fe with heating and cooling repair, maintenance, and installation services. If you have an AC repair that requires the assistance of a professional, give us a call at (505) 884-2822 or schedule your service with us today!

An introduction to swamp coolers

How do they work?

Swamp coolers use the scientific principle of evaporative cooling to chill air it draws in from the outside into your home. Essentially, by running the air over water, the air becomes cooler. It’s the same reason that you sweat when you run: the addition of water allows for your body to more effectively release stored heat.

When attached to a window or roof, a swamp cooler can provide cooling at a fraction of the cost of a traditional air conditioning system, which uses electricity to run air over chilled coolant in coils.

Swamp Cooler Start-up Albuquerque

We provide swamp cooler start-up service to the greater Albuquerque area.

History of the swamp cooler

Despite the popular name, “swamp” coolers actually would not be all that useful in a swamp. In fact, evaporative coolers work best in dry climates, like the kind found here in New Mexico. That’s because swamp coolers add more humidity to the air—not something you want when it’s already extremely humid out.

Humans have been using evaporative cooling for centuries to cool buildings and even store food. In the twentieth century, swamp coolers became popular in the U.S. West because they provide cooling while adding humidity to the air.

What are some advantages of swamp coolers?

For Arizonans who are sensitive to dry temperatures, a swamp cooler is a great solution, since it simultaneously cools and adds moisture to the air. Since dry air can often impact the way the human body cools itself, this means that the cooling impact of the swamp cooler goes ever farther compared to a traditional AC system, which dries the air. Evaporative coolers are also far less expensive to install than AC, and they cost far less to operate in the summer.

Here are some of the other advantages of installing a swamp cooler:

  • Evaporative coolers are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit different spaces and windows. There are even portable swamp coolers that roll on wheels.
  • They use less electricity, and are considered environmentally friendly.
  • The can help offset extremely dry conditions outside, making your home a much more comfortable place to live.

What are some disadvantages of swamp coolers?

For one, swamp coolers don’t work everywhere. They’re a great fit for Albuquerque and New Mexico, but we wouldn’t recommend one to your cousin in Florida. Evaporative coolers require regular cleaning and maintenance, and two scheduled appointments per year to winterize and de-winterize the system.

Here are some of the other disadvantages of a swamp cooler:

  • If not properly maintained and cleaned, swamp coolers can be the source of many problems, including mold and mosquitos.
  • Open windows could pose a security problem. There are ways to mitigate this, however.

Now, these negatives do not mean you shouldn’t consider a swamp cooler. Wagner can help with the winterizing and the spring tune-up, and—if properly maintained—an evaporative cooler can be a great investment that cools down your home at a low price.

How do I decide if I should buy a cooler or an air conditioning system?

Ultimately, the choice really comes down to your personal tastes, your needs, and your budget. However, if you have any questions or would like to learn more about either swamp coolers or air conditioning systems, give us a call. We can help you decide which is best for you.

Spring is the time for an AC tune-up

We’re still a few months away from the hottest time of the year, which means that this is perfect timing to get your air conditioning system inspected—before it sees major use in your home. As this post will detail, an AC tune-up from Albuquerque’s own Wagner Mechanical can help save you money on your energy bills, reduce the likelihood of needing a major repair, and even prolong the life of your system.

Why should I get my AC system looked at?

  1. Effective maintenance can help lower your utility bills: If your system isn’t performing up to par, it may be working harder than ever to give you less cooling than ever. Not only does that mean that you’re in for a long, hot summer, but you’re probably also paying higher-than-average bills. Not worth it.
  2. Lowers risks associated with a breakdown: Trust us. There’s nothing worse than having your AC system decide to stop working on the hottest day of the New Mexican summer. Scheduling routine maintenance with Wagner can help make sure your unit is ready for whatever the weather can throw at it.
  3. It could extend your system’s lifespan: No matter how well-designed or maintained a system is, it will eventually succumb to the pressures of time and use. However, proper and regular maintenance can make the difference between your AC unit living ten years—or twenty.
  4. You might need to, to keep your warranty: Many manufacturers offer generous, industry-leading warranties on their systems. However, there’s a catch: a failure to have your AC unit regularly looked at by industry-trained professionals could lead to a voiding of the warranty. If you want to keep this guarantee—and you should—check your paperwork, and then call Wagner.

AC tune-up Albuquerque New MexicoHow can I get a good deal on regular maintenance?

If you like peace of mind and hate having to remember to schedule things, consider Wagner’s Comfort Club program. With this program, you can sign up for annual or biannual tune-ups of your furnace and air conditioning system. There’s also some other great perks to the program, including:

  • Priority Service: If you ever need service, you’re automatically at the top of the waiting list at Wagner. We value your customer loyalty, and we’re going to treat you right.
  • Discount on Repairs and Service: For our club members, we slash our already competitive rates even more.

Why go with Wagner for my AC tune-up?

  • You want proven quality: Based on reviews from customers just like you, Wagner Mechanical is Albuquerque’s most trusted heating and cooling company. We’ve been in business for more than 85 years, helping generations of New Mexicans with their HVAC repair, maintenance, and install needs.
  • You want versatility: After 85 years in the business, we’ve seen just about everything when it comes to heating and cooling systems. That’s more than just a cute turn-of-phrase: our industry-certified technicians are capable of repairing any make or model, and undergo regular training to keep them as some of the best in the business.
  • You want a company that stands by their work: We offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. In other words, the job isn’t done until your air conditioning system is performing right.

If you’re ready to experience the difference that 88 years in the business makes, give Wagner Mechanical a call at (505) 395-2714. We serve Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and surrounding areas.

Hire a cost-effective air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM service

Investing in the best air conditioning service in your area is a great idea. It will prolong the life of your AC unit and save you both money and hassle over the long run. However, note that many people have had a bad experience when hiring an average or sub-par AC company. Don’t make the same mistake; Do some research and find the best air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM service.

Find a cost-effective air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM service

A professional AC service can save you money in the long run because you won’t have to re-hire it over and over again. Your air conditioner won’t experience technical issues and you will enjoy the cold air in your home for years to come.

AC repairs

An air conditioner should be working at peak performance at all times. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the AC will never break down or never malfunction. Even the best maintained ACs will experience issues now and then. But if you hire an excellent air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM team, they both make sure such occurrences are rare, and instantly fix them when they do happen. So, if you want quality and professional AC repairs, do not hesitate to contact us.

Bear in mind that there are all kinds of problems that can stop your AC from providing cool air into your home; it could be the sensors, or maybe the thermostat that is not working properly. Fortunately, a group of qualified AC technicians can take care of your cooling equipment and make sure the same problem never happens again.

Don’t try to fix any AC-related issues on your own if you aren’t qualified for it. An experienced AC technician can thoroughly examine the cooling system for you. That way, you can rest assured that your AC will be taken care of properly. If the unit can’t be fixed, the technician will immediately offer you a replacement.

AC Maintenance

Without proper maintenance, your air conditioner will most likely not enjoy a long life cycle. That’s why you should focus on those AC companies that include maintenance service when you’re purchasing an air conditioner from them.

Other air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM companies offer this service as a plan that requires you to pay extra. There are many benefits of keeping your AC system maintained regularly. For example, you will pay lower cooling costs and still get more consistent cooling in return. Also, AC units in good working condition have been proved as more energy efficient.

Proper maintenance is the key to an AC unit’s long life cycle. Invest in your AC by purchasing a maintenance plan because it will improve the indoor air quality, provide greater comfort in your home and last but not least, you will not have to worry about repairing the system by yourself. A respectable team of AC technicians will always be at your disposal and introduce positive changes into your home.

Skilled air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM technicians can introduce positive changes into your home

Affordability factor

By doing research on finding the best air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM service, you must not forget the affordability factor. Try to hire a service that can both fix all the issues with your AC system and save you money. Many AC companies may try to offer you their services that include extras and specials that cost more than you can actually afford.

If the AC problem isn’t so complicated, some of the companies might suggest that you fix it by yourself. Make an effort to find such an honest company because there is nothing worse than paying for something you can do on your own, right?

When getting your AC unit fixed, you may end up paying a fortune. Firstly, the materials required to fix the air conditioner may cost half of the price you’ve paid for the AC. Secondly, the labor can cost you a lot of money, but as already mentioned, you can avoid paying for it by trying to fix the AC yourself. Thirdly, some AC companies do not provide detailed estimations – you won’t be able to compare their prices with those of other air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM services.

Knowledge and experience

Fixing AC-related issues requires excellent knowledge and years of experience. Professional AC companies invest a lot of time and effort in hiring only the best AC technicians. These companies are aware that the experience and dedication they provide their customers with are highly important for the company’s credibility.

If you have to pay for an air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM service, it is for the best to call an experienced and knowledgeable team. Such a team can locate any AC issue and fix it as quickly as possible. This way, you will also make sure that you are sticking to your budget.

You will be happy to hear that there are AC companies with outstanding reputation that won’t charge you a lot, while treating you with honor and integrity at the same time. Invest your money in a respectable air conditioning company because they are worth every penny.

A skilled AC technician fixing an AC unit

Responsibility and Reliability

By reading reviews online and talking to people who have experienced various AC issues in the past, you will be able to identify the perfect air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM company. The reviews can offer a different point of view for the company of your interest. So, don’t rush into making a decision right away. Do your homework and talk to different people who have had a chance to hire an AC repair service.

There are many reliable AC companies that can meet your expectations. Do some research to learn what every company operating in your area has to offer – it will pay off in the long run. Thousands of people are ready to share their experience with the world by writing a review online about the AC repair company of their choice.

We are proud to say that our company, Wagner Mechanical, has been providing quality air conditioning repair Albuquerque NM services since 1928. Our ways of helping customers are both efficient and affordable for everyone. We even offer a 24/7 emergency service, as well as a written guarantee for all the work we do.

How to avoid Air Conditioning Repair in Albuquerque, NM

In some circumstances, air conditioning repair is just necessary, but in some cases the problems that cause the needed repair could have been avoided with some simple strategies to keep your air conditioner in top condition! Air conditioners, like other appliances in our homes are just expected to do their jobs and do them well. However there are ways that you can help your air conditioner operate more efficiently and avoid having to call your local Albuquerque, NM HVAC company to come to your home to repair your air conditioner. In order to help your AC stay in excellent condition, here are some easy steps to follow.

How to Keep your AC in Excellent Condition

No one likes unexpected problems, especially when it comes to your air conditioner. Getting stuck in a hot home in the middle of summer because your air conditioner unexpectedly failed is definitely a situation that you want to avoid if you can help it.

shutterstock_157359317

 

Luckily, there are some ways to increase your odds against having to deal with a broken air conditioning unit.

Get Regular Air Conditioning Tune-Ups

Yes, one more thing to add to your list along with doctors and dentist appointments. But by scheduling annual air conditioning tune-ups, especially right before you start using your AC on a heavy, regular basis will improve your chances of having a healthy air conditioning unit throughout the years. AC tune-ups help your unit operate more efficiently and allows you to catch small problems before they become disastrous!

Make Time for Cleaning

Cleaning the inside of your home isn’t difficult to remember. You start to see things getting grimy and dirt and dust start gathering in the corners which gives us a visual reminder to get out those cleaning utensils and get to work. But guess what? Your air conditioner could use some regular cleaning as well. Being outdoors, it encounters a lot of weather, dust, debris, and dirt that needs to be cleaned out regularly to keep your AC working properly. Not sure how to clean your air conditioning unit? Refer to your owner’s manual. They will have helpful tips to keep your air conditioner squeaky clean. So put your air conditioning unit on your list of cleaning items.

Provide Protection

Being outside of your home, your air conditioning unit is left exposed to the elements. They encounter rain, hail, snow, wind, dust, sun, etc. So what’s a homeowner to do to give your air conditioning some protection from the natural elements that it will encounter just from being outside? Plant a tree, build a wall, put up a shade or canopy to provide some shade. You can get creative and there are really no rules, but the more protection you can provide for your air conditioner the better. Giving your AC some protection will also cut down on your cleaning duties!

iStock_000016316087Small

Change Filters

Get comfortable with changing your air conditioner’s filters. This will allow it to keep up its efficiency and give you the best levels of cooling in your home. When the filters get clogged with dust and debris, the air conditioner doesn’t operate as easily and has to work harder to keep your home at the same temperature. Replacing the air filters will help prevent unexpected repairs and save you money each month by keeping it efficient.

Remove Obstructions

Your AC unit works hard to keep your home cool throughout the hottest months of the year, so don’t make it more difficult for your air conditioner to get the cold air into your home. Make sure that the vents are clear of all furniture, curtains, rugs, etc. This will allow the cool air to flow through your home consistently and evenly preventing your air conditioner from working too hard and encountering problems that need repair work.

Air Ducts

Air ducts unfortunately can cause big problems for air conditioners if they aren’t sealed properly. Many times, there are gaps in a home’s duct work that lead to the cold air produced by the air conditioner to seep out in the duct work before it can make it to your home. This leads to an extremely inefficient air conditioning unit that has to work very hard to keep up with the demand of cold air. Having your duct work inspected and sealed will prevent you from loosing the cold air in your attic or walls. You will also see a savings in your monthly energy bill because your ac won’t have to work as hard to cool your home.

Clean Air Ducts

Keep Cool in Other Ways

There are lots of other ways you can keep cool in your home without having to blast your AC all day long! By utilizing other ways of cooling down will keep you from relying on your air conditioning unit alone. Here are a few ways to keep cool in your home to give your air conditioning unit a break.

  • Keep your blinds or curtains closed during the hottest parts of the day. When that sun comes in your windows, it will heat up your home quickly. By blocking out the sun, you will help to keep your home cool all throughout the day.
  • Use ceiling or floor fans to cool you down. You will notice that by using a fan in addition to your air conditioning unit, you will notice that you wont have to keep your thermostat as low as you used to.
  • Take advantage of a cool nightly breeze and open up some windows letting the breeze cool you off throughout the night. This will also help improve the air quality in your home!
  • Avoid using ovens and dryers during the hottest part of the day. These appliances will heat up your home quickly making your air conditioning unit work harder to cool down your home.

Keeping these tips in mind for your air conditioner will help to keep it in excellent working condition. It will be more reliable and will even have a longer life span! It wont take a lot of time, and the time it does take will be well spent! For more information on your air conditioning unit, tune-ups or repairs. Give us a call at Wagner Mechanical! We’ll be happy to help you .