What you need to know about keeping your water heater in great shape

Most homeowners rely on their water heater for everyday life, from those hot morning showers to doing the dishes late into the night. However, most of those same homeowners don’t give much thought to water heater maintenance. That’s right: as with any home appliance you rely on, there are things you should be doing to keep your water heater in good working order. In this article, we’re going to review the items on your maintenance checklist and when you need to call in the experts for further help.

A Wagner plumber helps a local homeowner with their water heater maintenance here in Albuquerque.Here in Albuquerque, Wagner is proud to be your top provider of plumbing services from experienced, friendly plumbers. To schedule your water heater service, call us today!

Our top-3 tips for water heater maintenance

Follow these three tips for maximizing the lifespan of your appliance and avoiding common problems that can occur due to insufficient maintenance:

Have your water heater flushed regularly

If you have hard water, most experts recommend you flush your water heater at least once per year. Otherwise, the minerals in your water can accumulate in your water heater.

If you are no longer able to get as much hot water from your appliance as it used to provide, sediment may have accumulated in the tank. Flushing the sediment out regularly can prevent hard water corrosion of your water heater’s components and ensure that it continues to perform efficiently.

Inspect anode rods frequently

Anode rods protect the metal inside and outside your tank by absorbing corrosion that would otherwise attack the inside of the tank wall. By their nature, anode rods are not designed to last forever—there’s a point where they become “used up”—so it’s important to have them inspected every few years. When they deteriorate, it’s important to replace them with a new sacrificial anode rod. This can greatly extend the lifespan of your system.

If you decide to inspect your own anode rods, take steps to prevent scalding (including wearing protective gloves and/or clothing). If you’re uncomfortable checking your own anode rods—which is perfectly normal!—please call us and have one of our plumbers check your anode rod. We can then advise you on whether or not the rod has been spent and needs to be replaced.

Check for drips

Most water heater leaks occur because of faulty or damaged water supply connections. Make it a habit to check around your water heater for leaks and water damage every few weeks. Even a minor leak should be quickly repaired. Just one drip per-minute can equate to a loss of 34 gallons each year!

Rely on the water heater experts at Wagner

The experts at Wagner are here to help you keep your water heater in good working order. Whether the tank is leaking or the system just isn’t working properly, we’ll be able to address your water heater maintenance or repair needs. Call us for service here in Albuquerque.

Here are the top benefits of an air conditioner tune-up

Summer is right around the corner and that means hot weather is on its way to Albuquerque. Before you turn on your air conditioner for the season, our experts recommend scheduling professional AC maintenance. We’re nearly to summer, but it’s not too late to have an expert look at your system! In this article, we’ll review the top benefits of an air conditioner tune-up here in New Mexico.

To schedule your AC tune-up or other cooling services here in Albuquerque, call your trusted HVAC professionals at Wagner. Our team has been serving generations of families since 1928.

One of the main benefits of an air conditioner tune-up is having a professional check your home's air filter.

One of the main benefits of an air conditioner tune-up is having a professional check your home’s air filter.

5 major benefits of an air conditioner tune-up

1. Reduce your energy bill

An AC tune-up from Wagner can help you keep your energy costs down. Equipment that is out-of-date or malfunctioning can make your air conditioning unit work harder than necessary and use more energy doing so. By tuning up your system, our techs can reduce the amount of energy your air conditioner or heat pump uses, which in turn means lower energy bills for your home this summer.

2. Improve the comfort level of your home

Your AC unit is meant to help keep the interior temperature of your home at a comfortable level. A routine checkup can make sure everything is working properly and check for potential issues. Our AC specialists can optimize your home’s cooling and fix any issues before the weather heats up. That means that you and your home are in for a pretty cool summer here in Albuquerque!

3. Lessen the risk of costly repairs

Major repairs to an AC unit can be expensive and unexpected. Routine maintenance can help catch looming, potential issues before they even get to that stage. That’s because our AC experts will conduct a thorough evaluation of your air conditioner to make sure the whole unit is operating properly. Preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run and keep your AC working.

4. Helps your system live longer

One of the best benefits of an air conditioner tune-up is the potential for a longer system lifespan. Regular service for your AC unit can keep the parts operating in good condition. Otherwise, the machine may fail years before it should, and your home might be without a working AC unit until you can get a new one installed.

5. Improve your home’s air quality

Lastly, a checkup can make sure the air quality inside your home is good. After all, the AC unit has probably not been used in recent months, so it may be full of dust and debris. Your air filter, similarly, might need to be either changed out or cleaned.

Contact the experts today

Your air conditioning unit helps you live comfortably at home, but it requires maintenance just like your car. Contact Wagner today to schedule AC maintenance so you can experience these benefits of an air conditioner tune-up for yourself and feel the peace of mind knowing that your AC unit is ready for whatever summer throws at it.