Is this winter the right time to replace your heating system?

When the temperatures drop outside, you want to stay warm and cozy inside, but what if your heating system isn’t up to the challenge? In this article, we’ll review the signs that it’s time to replace your heating system, from age and energy-efficiency issues to the unit no longer providing good heating to your home.

For a free in-home estimate here in Albuquerque, contact Wagner! We install new furnaces, heat pumps, and ductless systems.

A furnace that cannot meet your comfort settings is a sign you need to replace your heating system this winter.

If your older furnace is no longer able to meet your heating needs, it could be a sign you need to replace your heating system this winter.

How old is it?

It’s easy to lose track of how old your heating system is until it starts to show signs of age. Like most of the parts of a home, you may not be aware of how much your heating system struggles to work.

Any unit that is over ten years old may need to be replaced with a more energy-efficient system to work better and smarter to warm your home. Wagner can help you determine how old your system is and if makes more sense than repairs.

Did you hear that?

When first installed, you may not be aware that your heating system is running. It should be relatively quiet. When your furnace is on its last legs, however, you’ll probably hear it. Any banging, humming, rattling, groaning, or buzzing is an unavoidable signal that something is wrong with your current heating system.

You may not notice those typical loud noises; instead, you may just hear it starting and stopping more often than it used to. That frequent on-and-off sound is telling you that your system is working too hard to do its job.

What about your bills?

If you don’t know any other obvious signs that your heating system isn’t working properly, you can definitely tell by the size of your power bills. Older furnaces use more energy than newer ones to heat your home. That’s both because they don’t work as efficiently as they used to, and because the heating systems designed by manufacturers today are more energy-efficient than ever.

Take a look at your utility bill and compare last winter to this winter. If you’ve noticed a significant jump in costs without a corresponding explanation (such as increased utility rates, increased usage, or significantly colder weather), your furnace could be to blame.

Make the call to Wagner for a free in-home estimate on a new system

You don’t need to be an expert on heating systems—that’s why we are here! Wagner can evaluate your furnace (or heat pump!) and let you know if it’s time to replace your heating system. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Here’s how you can prevent a water heater tank failure

No homeowner wants to find out there is a problem with the water heater the hard way. A water heater tank failure can result in a burst tank and a flooded garage / home, costing you thousands in repairs. By knowing the warning signs of impending water heater problems, you can better avoid this catastrophe and keep your water heater running better for longer.

A water heater tank failure can cause your home to flood.

Water pooling around the bottom of the water heater is a sure sign of trouble. Call Wagner if your water heater has any kind of water leak.

In this article, we’ll review just some of the ways you can prevent a water heater tank failure, and when you should call the team at Wagner for plumbing repairs here in Albuquerque.

Know the signs

How do you know that trouble is brewing within your water heater? If you notice any of the following changes, call the professionals at Wagner and have us inspect your water heater. You may need to have your water heater repaired or replaced:

  • You run out of hot water quickly when showering, doing laundry, or washing dishes.
  • Your water has a metallic smell or taste or is rust-colored.
  • Your tank drips water from any pipes or has water collecting underneath.

Any of these signs should be enough to concern you, especially if your water heater tank is getting up there in age or the sacrificial anode rod has already been spent.

Know the causes

Nothing lasts forever, and eventually all tank water heaters start to show signs of stress and corrosion. In most cases, standard water heaters last about a decade or so—potentially longer if the anode rod is replaced halfway through the water heater’s lifespan. If yours has been around for 10 years or longer, you should be extra vigilant about potential problems.

Other factors that can contribute to a tank burst include:

  • High water pressure in your home
  • Hard water, which leads to faster scale buildup inside the tank

Know the solution

If you suspect any of these problems, you should not ignore them. The best thing you can do to prevent a water heater tank failure is to inspect, monitor, and maintain your tank regularly.

A visual inspection is just a starting point. You should have your automatic shut-off valve tested to determine if it is functioning properly. If your home doesn’t have an automatic shut-off valve installed, you should call Wagner and have us put one in.

Thanks to Wagner, you don’t have to be an expert on water heater tanks. Our plumbers not only inspect and repair your tank, but we can also replace yours with a more energy-efficient standard or tankless system. Contact us to schedule an appointment.