Fall heating maintenance: Here’s what Wagner looks for during a checkup

When the temperatures drop at night here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, you’ll know that it’s time to schedule fall heating maintenance with the team at Wagner Mechanical.

We’ve previously written about the importance of furnace maintenance, and how taking proactive steps by scheduling a checkup of the heating system during the fall is a good idea. Not only will a routine checkup result in reduced energy bills, it will also reduce the chances of potential problems during the winter that require costly repairs.

Call Wagner for your fall heating maintenance today!

Our fall heating maintenance includes a thorough checkup

In this blog post, we’ll run through the main items of our fall heating maintenance checklist. Here are just a few of the things that we look at when you call us out to your home for a heating checkup.

1. We examine your gas connections

A lot of homes have gas heaters. Improper gas connections represent a great fire hazard. They can also result in gas leakage that will increase your utility bills. That’s why we thoroughly inspect your furnace’s gas connections during our routine fall heating checkup.

2. We check gas pressure

Gas pressure is another important thing to check during a heating checkup. High gas pressure is a great hazard that will not just damage the furnace but will also result in bursting of the gas pipe. The experienced technicians at Wagner use specialized equipment to check the gas pressure, and take appropriate actions to resolve the issue.

3. Wagner cleans the gas burner

Your gas burner gets dirty over time and needs to be cleaned. Not cleaning the gas burner will result in energy-inefficient operation. It can also cause serious damage to the heater. That’s why it’s essential to call Wagner for a furnace checkup, so that we can clean the gas burner before the system damages itself.

4. We check the fan belt

The inspection of the fan belt by a trusted professional is an important aspect of fall heating maintenance. The fan belt will be inspected to check for signs of fraying and cracks. Also, we examine the tension of the belt by pushing down in the belt’s center. The belt will be tightened, in case it deflates by about an inch.

5. We inspect the air filter

The air filter also needs to be checked during your fall heating maintenance. The filter prevents dirt and dust to enter the system. It becomes clogged over time and must be cleaned or replaced. This is important to ensure efficient operation of the heating system.

Call Wagner to schedule your heating checkup

If you reside in New Mexico, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, or surrounding areas, you should contact us here at Wagner Mechanical for the inspection and maintenance of your heating system. Reach us at (505) 884-2822 or contact us online.

What’s The Ideal Location In Your Home For A Gas Furnace?

What's the Ideal Location for a Gas FurnaceGas furnace installation requires a lot of things to be considered. One important aspect of the furnace installation is the location.

The place where you install the furnace is important as it will determine the heating efficiency. Also, putting the gas furnace in the wrong place can decrease the overall lifespan of the furnace due to greater wear and tear.

So, what’s the best location for the gas furnace? Continue reading this article to find out the answer.

The best gas furnace location

The ideal location for a gas furnace is one where there is a supply of natural gas, an exhaust vent, and fresh air circulation. Typically, the gas furnace is installed in either confined spaces such as attics and closets or unconfined spaces such as the basements, garages, and utility rooms.

When the gas furnace is put in confined spaces, you should be concerned about the amount of air that is available for combustion.

You should never place the heater in places such as the laundry where different devices, including a dryer and water heater, compete for air, otherwise it will lead to overheating problems leading to a premature system breakdown. Also, if adequate space is not available for combustion, it can result in the development of deadly carbon monoxide gas.

Here’s the math

Doing simple math, you can figure out whether there is an adequate amount of air to avoid overheating problems. A 10-foot-square laundry room with a 5-foot ceiling would have about 500 cubic feet of air available for combustion.

This will be inadequate if a typical gas furnace is placed next to a water heater. There would not be enough air for both the appliances. You would need around 1,540 cubic feet of air to ensure proper combustion in this situation.

In other words, if you want to put both the gas furnace and the water heater in the same room, the room should be at least 20-foot long with an 8-foot ceiling.


You should carefully consider where the furnace is located. Never install the furnace in a location that has temperature extremes as it can damage the system. The best advice when it comes to gas furnace installation is to let professional technicians install the furnace for you. They can perform a quick audit of the house and recommend to you the right location for the gas furnace.

No matter where the furnace is located, you should have it maintained at regular intervals. The heating device undergoes wear and tear with use and must be serviced to avoid costly breakdowns.

Call Wagner for your furnace installation

If you reside in the area of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, you should contact Wagner Mechanical.

We have a team of highly experienced and professional technicians who can expertly install and service the furnace at an affordable cost.

On Vs Auto: Which Is The Better Furnace Thermostat Setting?

Better Furnace Thermostat SettingMost new gas furnace thermostat features different controls for fan control. The thermostat setting that you select have a direct influence on the heating bills. You can save hundreds of dollars just by using the right thermostat settings in the home.

One aspect of the thermostat setting that most people get confused about is the ‘On’ and ‘Auto’ settings.

Should you set the fan to ‘on’ or ‘auto’? Which one is the better furnace thermostat setting?

In this article, we will look at the pros and cons of each so that you can decide for yourself which one is the right setting for the home furnace. Need more advice? Contact the professional team at Wagner Mechanical!

The pros and cons of the ‘On’ thermostat setting

Setting the thermostat settings to ‘On’ keeps the fan running at all times. When the fan is kept running, the air is pulled through the in-built filtration system that keeps it clean. In addition, keeping the fan running will result in fewer starts and stops of the fan thereby reducing the risk of a malfunction.

The major disadvantage of keeping the fan running is that it jacks up the heating bills. Unless variable speed motor is installed, it will cost you as much as $50 per month to keep the fun running 24/7. Another con of keeping the fan running constantly is that the air filter will tend to clog up quickly due to which you will have to change the filter frequently.

Also, when the fan is running, you will feel cold air coming from the vents. While the temperature of the air will be similar to that of the space heater, it will feel cold when compared to your body temperature.

The pros and cons of the ‘auto’ thermostat setting

The ‘Auto’ thermostat function will make the fan run according to your specified settings. The fan can be controlled through a timer circuit inside the unit. Generally, the auto setting will start the furnace fan about half a minute after the burner is lit. The fan is turned off about a minute after the desired temperature is reached.

The main benefit of setting the thermostat to ‘Auto’ is that it will result in more energy efficient usage. This is because the fan will run only when it’s required. Also, the air filter will need to be changed or cleaned less frequently when the thermostat setting is set to ‘Auto’.

However, more starts and stops will mean that the fan will wear out more quickly. In addition, it will result in the less efficient distribution of heat inside the room.


The above discussion will make it clear to you whether ‘On’ or ‘Auto’ thermostat setting is right for you. If you want to keep the energy bills low, you should set the thermostat to ‘Auto’. However, if you prefer more even distribution of heat inside the house, it’s better that you set the thermostat setting to ‘On’.

Call Wagner with all your thermostat questions

If you want more information about furnace repair and installation tips from certified and professional technicians in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico., you can contact Wagner Mechanical.

Pros And Cons Of Tankless Water Heaters

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water HeatersIf you are thinking about buying a new water heater, you should know about the pros and cons of tankless water heaters before buying the device.

What are tankless water heaters?

Tankless water heaters are increasingly becoming popular in the United States. The heater warms up the water directly, without using a storage tank like conventional water heaters.

Once the tap is turned on, cold water goes into the tankless water heater, which heats the water as it flows through the tap.

Tankless water heaters: Are they a good fit for your home?

Installing a tankless water heater results in many benefits. You can able to avail federal tax rebates of up to $200 when you install gas tankless heaters. Apart from that, you will also benefit in the form of lower energy bills.

In addition, you can expect to save around $100 or more in a year in water bills depending on the water usage. Tankless units heat water only when the tap is turned on. There is no need to heat water in the storage tank that means less wastage of water. This results in reduced energy bills.

Another advantage of tankless water heater is that they provide instant hot water. There is no need to wait for the warm water to come out of the tap. Also, since the water heater is compact, it does not take up any real estate space.

The tankless water heaters also have longer life span. Conventional storage tank heaters have a lifespan of about 10 years. In contrast, the tankless water heater can last for up to 20 years. So, in the long run, you will save more due to less need for a replacement of the water heating device. This is one of the most important things to consider when weighing the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.

When it comes to disadvantage, the biggest con is that it serves only one faucet at a time. You can install multiple units to overcome the problem but that will be costly. Also, you may also have to add another gas line in case of gas water heaters. The tankless water heater may also require expensive stainless steel tubing. These costs will further increase the cost of the tankless water heater.

Keep in mind that the tankless water heaters require a minimum flow rate of 0.5 GPM. The device will not be able to heat the water in case of low water pressure.

The bottom line

You need to weigh-in all the pros and cons before making a decision to buy the tankless water heater. Make sure that you contact a professional to install the water heater. Installing a water heater is not a DIY task and requires expert level skills.

Call Wagner for more on the pros and cons of tankless water heaters

If you want to get in touch with experienced and licensed technicians in the area of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can contact with confidence Wagner Mechanical. We offer installation services of both conventional and tankless water heaters at an affordable price.

Here’s Why Professional Furnace Servicing Matters

Importance of a Furnace Tune-UpProfessional furnace servicing should be your top priority as it will ensure that the heater runs smoothly during cold months.

You should have the heater serviced regularly if you want to avoid the prospect of emergency system breakdown during the middle of the winter months.

If you haven’t serviced your heating system for more than a year, it’s absolutely necessary that you call the professionals at Wagner Mechanical for a furnace tune up.

Here are just some of the benefits of scheduling a furnace tune-up:

1. Lower energy bills

The foremost benefit of regular furnace tune up is that it will keep the energy bills down. The furnace will operate efficiently without drawing extra power when it is serviced regularly. The reduced energy bill will result in great savings over the long run.

2. Fewer emergency repairs

Another great benefit of regular system service is that you will have to face fewer repairs. An experienced technician will be able to detect and resolve problems that may cause major damage to the system.

The regular inspection, lubrication, and cleaning during the annual maintenance will result in smooth operation and require fewer repairs. Seasonal maintenance of the system will ensure optimum heat throughout the winter season without any breakdowns.

3. An improved lifespan

During your professional furnace servicing, the technician will clean the burner assembly, adjust the ignition assembly, examine the heat exchanger, and perform necessary repairs. This will ensure that the system works optimally for longer period of time.

With regular servicing, the furnace can last for up to 20 years, resulting in great cost savings for you in the long run.

4. Improved heating

A regular tune-up of the furnace will also ensure improved heating of the room. The system will perform at optimum levels. You are less likely to face the prospect of cold spots inside the house as the heater will ensure that the heat is optimally distributed throughout the room.

In the end, a regular furnace tune-up will bring you lots of benefits. Your system will operate efficiently without breaking down resulting in reduced energy bills and repair costs. Regular tune up in short will keep your family warm and cozy throughout the frigid cold winter months.

Call Wagner for regular furnace servicing

You must select experienced and certified technicians for annual furnace tune up. Certified technicians can perform the job professionally and competently. For annual furnace maintenance in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico, you can contact Wagner Mechanical with confidence.

We are proud to be the oldest and most trusted heating and cooling company in New Mexico. We have a team of certified technicians that can offer comprehensive furnace tune up services to you.

3 signs that you should replace your furnace

Is your furnace more than a decade old? Even if you don’t have to rush out and replace your furnace tomorrow, now might be time to start thinking about an eventual upgrade. However, it might be a good idea to replace your furnace before that final breakdown. Here are three signs that you should replace your furnace before it finally breaks.

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Has your furnace been struggling to keep up with your heating demands? It might be time to upgrade.

#1. Poor energy efficiency

If you’ve noticed a spike in your monthly winter energy bills without a significant increase in how much heat you’re using in your home, it could be a sign that your furnace is becoming less energy efficient with age. As a general rule, most furnaces begin to lose their efficiency as they pass a decade in age, and are inefficient by the 15-year mark. Naturally, an annual furnace tune-up from the pros at Wagner can help you get the most out of your system, but even our expertise can’t turn back the clock completely.

Here’s another thing to consider: today’s furnaces are far more energy efficient than their predecessors, meaning that upgrading to a new furnace could save you a decent chunk of money monthly this winter. If your furnace has begun the downward spiral in energy efficiency, consider calling Wagner and requesting your free in-home furnace estimate. Also, weigh the costs of a new furnace against what you might pay extra in energy.

#2. Poor heating performance

After all, the entire reason you own a furnace is to have a comfortable home during the winter. If your aging furnace isn’t getting the job done, it might be time to trade it out for a furnace that will.

Older furnaces can struggle to heat your home. The continued wear of heating your home for a decade or more worth of winters can result in your furnace working harder to create even less heating than it did when it was new. If you’re experiencing hot and cold spots in your home, it could be a sign that your furnace is struggling to maintain the temperature throughout your entire home. Another symptom of an underperforming furnace is that it’s constantly running, but the temperature in your home only goes up very slowly.

Needless to say, a new furnace will perform better than an aging one: not only is it fresh out of the box, but it also is able to take advantage of years of HVAC innovation in the areas of energy efficiency, performance, and noise reduction.

#3. Continual repair needs

Do you feel like your older furnace is becoming a bottomless money pit, and that you’ve constantly been pouring money into repairs? If so, you should consider the costs of all those repairs. After all, constant furnace repairs can really start to add up. Even if those costs don’t exceed the cost of a new furnace, it’s money that you wouldn’t have to have spent with the new system that you eventually would need to upgrade to, anyway.

At some point, you’ll need to decide between furnace repair and replacement. Of course, nothing beats a professional coming to your house to give you advice about your specific situation. Give us a call to schedule a furnace inspection.

Wagner Mechanical can replace your furnace

At Wagner, we’re furnace installation experts. Our NATE-certified technicians are true professionals with years of experience installing advanced heating systems in hundreds of homes right here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We offer free in-home estimates on new HVAC systems, and we back all of our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you’ve decided to replace your furnace, give us a call at (505) 884-2822 or contact us.

Furnace repair versus replacement

It’s a cold winter night, and you’ve just heard a terrible sound in your attic. It was the sound of your furnace dying, and now you’re faced with a choice between furnace repair versus replacement. In other words, do you choose to have the professional team at Wagner revive your current furnace or is it better to just cut your losses and have Wagner install a new one.

Every situation—and furnace—is different, and resolving the furnace repair versus replacement debate will require a certified professional technician inspecting your heating system and providing you with details. However, in this blog post, we’ll review some things to think about if you’re debating between having your furnace repaired or just getting a new one.

No matter what you decide, Wagner is here to help. To get started with either a furnace repair or new furnace estimate, give us a call at (505) 884-2822. We serve the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metro areas.

Furnace Repair Versus Replacement DebateUpgrade to save on repair costs

No one plans on having their furnace break down. It just happens, but it’s often unexpected, and the cost of repair can be surprising. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, any manufacturer’s warranty it might have once had has probably since expired, meaning that you’re on the hook for any and all repair costs. To make matters more complicated, with an older furnace, there’s no guarantee that something else unrelated to the first problem might break down the road, or even in the same season.

In contrast, a new furnace is not only far less likely to break down, but most new systems—including those installed by the professional team at Wagner—come with a manufacturer’s warranty protecting parts and labor. If something does go wrong, you’ll be covered in most cases. Over time, the cost of repairing an older furnace can add up to the cost of just replacing it with a new one. But, that’s not the only place where your older system can be stealing money from you.

Upgrade to save on your energy bills

For good reason, many of us think that it’s a good idea to keep using things until they break for good. For example, you wouldn’t throw away a toaster oven that keeps toasting your bread. However, a furnace is much more complicated, and as furnaces age, they become less and less efficient. Your toaster oven may also be using more energy as it gets older, but since toasters don’t account for nearly 50% of your home’s energy use, you don’t notice the problem. That’s not the case with your furnace.

Your older furnace could be costing you money on two fronts. Not only is an older furnace more likely to experience mechanical failures and breakdowns as it ages, but it’s also draining more money out of your bank account every single month through higher and higher bills. If you’ve been debating furnace repair versus replacement on the grounds of costs, take into consideration what you’ll be spending extra for the old system, in the form of higher monthly bills. Over time, those additional costs can add up.

We can provide you with an estimate on a new furnace.

Upgrade for better comfort

So, your older furnace isn’t getting the job done in terms of reliability or energy efficiency. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s probably also not performing like it once did. As furnaces age past ten years, they just don’t heat your home as effectively as they did when they were new. In most cases, your home will begin to experience hot and cold spots instead of the even heating you once had. When this happens, you’ll know that it’s time for an upgrade.

Wagner can help you resolve the furnace repair versus replacement debate

The best way to determine if it’s better to repair your older furnace or replace it with a new one? Talk to the technicians from Wagner Mechanical. We pride ourselves on being honest and helpful. We’re not going to push you into buying a new furnace that you don’t need. Instead, we’ll lay out the advantages of upgrading and what things will cost, so that you have the knowledge to make a great decision. From there, we’ll help you with whatever you need. Debating between furnace repair versus replacement doesn’t need to be stressful.

Ready to get started with either furnace repair or new furnace installation? Give Wagner Mechanical a call at (505) 884-2822, or contact us online.

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.

Signs you might need furnace repair service

Your home’s furnace has been hard at work keeping your family warm this winter. As we head into spring, nights in northern New Mexico are still cold. If you’ve noticed that your system has been slowing down—or has quit functioning altogther—you may need to invest in furnace repair services. In this post, we’ll review the warning signs that your furnace might be struggling to keep up with demand.

Three indicators that your furnace has issues

  1. Your furnace is making strange noises or sounds: As they enter old age, the parts within heating systems start to deteriorate under the strain of heavy use. If you hear popping, groaning, or squealing when your furnace starts up (or while it’s operational at all), it might be a sign that your system is getting ready to draw its dying breath.
  2. Temperature fluctuations between rooms: By default, a furnace in its prime should heat all the rooms in your home evenly, providing you and your family with consistent comfort whether you’re in the bedroom or in the kitchen. However, an aging furnace or one on the verge of a breakdown will do the exact opposite. You may find that one room is too hot, another is temperate, and another is very cold. Some of this may have something to do with other factors such as insulation and the number of windows in that room, but if you’re finding major fluctuations between similar spaces, it’s time to get the furnace checked.
  3. Rising heating bills: Whether you have a gas system or an electric setup, you probably by now know roughly how much your home costs to heat every month. So, if you get a bill that shocks you with a significant increase in cost, consider having your furnace inspected. Aging and malfunctioning furnaces often have to work harder to produce the same amount of heat that they once did. If you and your family haven’t significantly increased the amount of heat you’re using, it could also be a sign of an air leak.

How can you address these issues?

furnace tuneup professionalIf it’s been a while since you last had a certified technician take a look over your heating system, it may be past time. After all, a furnace that isn’t working its best is not just a drain on energy efficiency and your energy bills, but could be a harbinger of other problems.

Give Wagner Mechanical a call. Here are some reasons to choose New Mexico’s longest-running HVAC company:

  • We offer 24/7 emergency service: If your heating system goes down, don’t panic. Give Wagner a call, and we’ll send out a certified technician to get your system back up and running again in no time.
  • We offer financing: We understand that your furnace doesn’t conform to your schedule or to your budget and that planning for a heating or cooling system breakdown isn’t something you may have prepared for. That’s why, for qualified customers, we offer special financing offers.
  • We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee: Wagner’s certified technicians are going to do the job right the first time. However, should something not be right with your system after we’ve looked at it, we’re going to make it right. We’re not done until the job is and you’re happy.

If you’re ready to go with the company that has provided quality heating and cooling service to Albuquerque and Santa Fe since 1928, schedule service with us online, or give us a call at (505) 395-2714.

How to find a professional company for new furnace installs

Are you having trouble with the old furnace and you need a new one? Installing a new heating system requires more than a few tweaks and changes. There is no reason to perform the installation yourself when you can always seek help from highly-trained professionals. A team of experienced HVAC technicians can remove the ventilation, drainage and electrical hook up without a problem, and install the new heating system. Hence, you need a professional and reputable company for new furnace installsHere’s how to find one.

Do research on the furnace you are replacing

Before doing anything else, know the exact model of the furnace you are replacing. Spend some time doing research on it and see which of the local companies might be able to help you.

Learn the reason why the furnace is not working. Write down the rooms that aren’t getting any heat. Every detail is important when it comes to installing a new heating system, so make sure you don’t leave anything out. That way, you will do your homework before getting in touch with a potential heating contractor.

Talk to your friends and neighbors

Your friends and neighbors must have hired the services of furnace companies in the past. Ask them which one they consider competent enough for installing a new furnace in your home. Every friend and neighbor can share advice and thoughts that you won’t find anywhere else.

If you get concrete recommendations about furnace contractors, you should include them on the top of your list. Pay attention to the pros and cons you hear regarding every heating company and you will eventually make the right choice.

Ask your friends about the experience they've had with heating contractors

Get in touch with a contractor’s references

Reputable furnace contractors are aware that a potential client may ask for a list of references. Give the contractors you’re interested in a call and request a shortlist of prior clients. These clients will help you make the right decision by sharing their experience with a specific contractor.

Don’t forget to ask the contractor’s clients questions about the furnace installation process or the overall performance of the heating technicians. You can also ask if the installation was finished on time and without any hidden expenses.

Search for energy-efficient heating options

Modern furnaces come with some energy-efficient features based on the guidelines set by the U.S. and the Environmental Protection Agency. Homeowners with this type of furnace are saving energy and reducing heating costs every year.

A heating contractor can prove they are offering energy-efficient furnaces that can save you money and protect the environment by doing calculations regarding the energy savings with you.

Ask for home evaluation

Prior to the furnace installation process, you need an experienced contractor to evaluate your home and estimate the size of the heating system that will be installed. In the world of furnaces, bigger doesn’t always mean better, as you can find yourself paying a fortune for energy bills. Meanwhile, a smaller heating system can do a good job at heating your home in the cold days ahead.

The heating contractor is responsible for taking measures of your home area, the windows and the level of insulation. Some contractors will also inspect the duct system for leaks and measure the airflow after the installation is finished, just to make sure that everything is in order.

Before paying for new furnace installs, make sure your home is evaluated first

Get written estimates

Request a written estimate of every contractor’s proposal. Then, compare the costs, energy efficiency options and warranties of all contractors. It will help you see which contractor can meet your needs the best.

Bear in mind that the cheapest contractor is not always the right choice for new furnace installs. You might pay a lower price, but spend more on energy than you could possibly imagine. Instead, choose a contractor that offers competitive pricing options yes guarantees energy savings.

Sign a written proposal

Don’t let the contractor start the installation process without signing a written proposal. Ask for the proposal and check everything stated in it. That is the last checkpoint before you give the furnace installation a green light.

The written proposal serves as protection against unspecified costs and installation delays. The document should include the furnace model numbers, job schedule and warranty information, among other details. By signing such a document, you will actually get a copy of your contract with the furnace company and everything related to the furnace installation, from start to finish.

Check the contractor’s experience

Installing furnaces is a process that demands quality, integrity and professionalism for each client. Experience is another crucial feature that a reputable contractor should have. Experienced contractors are able to make precise evaluations, offer discounts and propose conditions that are acceptable for both parties concerned.

Don’t make the mistake of choosing a contractor without experience just because the furnace installation costs less than other offers. New contractors often can’t make a precise evaluation and can be responsible for installation delays and hidden expenses.

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Seek excellent customer support

Professional companies have excellent customer support which is available 24/7. A great customer support team provides help and DIY advice when necessary and sends technicians if needed.

The best way to learn more about a heating company’s customer support team is by reading reviews and feedback that previous clients have posted online.

New furnace installs require certified and insured technicians

Having a proper license and insurance are essential features of a professional heating company. Don’t sign a contract for new furnace installs without knowing that the technicians are adequately skilled and insured. By having the necessary certifications, technicians prove their experience and expertise in providing excellent furnace installs.

Having insurance is a must, as every technician might face health-threatening situations while installing a furnace. The insurance is also proof that the heating contractor takes care of their staff. 

We, at Wagner Mechanical, take pride in the fact that we have been providing new furnace installs since 1928. Our goal is to make sure that every furnace will serve you for years to come. Visit our website to see the numerous services we offer and read testimonials from clients who have worked with our licensed and skilled technicians.