Wagner is Albuquerque’s air conditioning services provider. From 24/7 emergency repair to new system installation, we’re the team to call. Our NATE-certified technicians are ready to help you with your cooling needs. We work with all makes and models of air conditioners, evaporative coolers, ductless systems, and heat pumps.

Here’s how heat pumps work and save your home money

Did you know that heat pumps can both heat and cool your home? These appliances can serve as an excellent energy-smart alternative to traditional air conditioners and furnaces. Understanding how heat pumps work can help you select the most budget-friendly and energy-conscious methods for your home.

For more information about heat pumps, or to get a free in-home estimate on a new system from the team here at Wagner, contact us today!

Pictured: There are many benefits of scheduling an AC checkup. Here, a technician checks the system to make sure it's ready for the summer ahead.How heat pumps work

Heat pumps work similarly to air conditioners. AC units absorb heat inside a building with refrigerant, and then move it outdoors. However, here’s where heat pumps are different: a heat pump can reverse operation, transferring heat from outside to the inside of the home. This allows it to heat your home during the winter, and then cool it in the summer.

How does this work? Even on the coldest of days here in Albuquerque, the air outside has some radiant heat energy in it. The heat pump is able to pull this energy out and move it, effectively heating your home.

The energy requirements of a heat pump are far less than those of traditional furnaces. That’s because this appliance transfers heat as instead of creating it by burning fuel. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your heat pump may use up to 50 percent less electricity than a furnace to heat your residence.

What kinds of heat pumps exist?

Heat pumps often perform double duty in homes with moderate heating and cooling requirements. Thanks to modern technology, three styles of appliances are typically available on the market: air-to-air, water-source, and geothermal. Each type accomplishes its objectives using slightly different methods:

  • Air-to-air pumps transfer heat between your home at the air outdoors.
  • Water-source pumps move heat between your home and a nearby water source.
  • Geothermal pumps rely on moving heat between your home and the nearby ground.

Most homes rely on standard air-to-air versions while mini-split pumps are ideal solutions for houses without ducts. Mini-split units are comprised of a compressor or condenser, an air-handling unit, and a conduit that links the two.

Absorption heat pumps are a recent innovation, fueled by either natural gas, propane, solar-heated water, or geothermal-heated water. These units depend on an ammonia-water absorption cycle, using ammonia as a refrigerant to either absorb or release heat to cool or heat your home.

Smart heating and cooling solutions from the experts at Wagner

At Wagner, we’re happy to help Albuquerque-area homeowners with vital heat pump information. Count on our professionals to recommend the best energy-smart options to keep your home comfortable. To learn more about heat pump installation, simply contact us online.

What are the signs you should replace your old swamp cooler?

Swamp coolers—also known as “evaporative coolers”—are great options for homeowners here in Albuquerque. They emit cool air in a much more efficient way than the typical air conditioner. However, there comes a time when you made need a swamp cooler replacement. In this blog, we’re going to run through the signs you should replace your swamp cooler.

For evaporative cooler services here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, call the pros at Wagner. We handle a wide variety of plumbing services.

Pictured: When you need to replace your swamp cooler here in Albuquerque, call Wagner!

When you need to replace your swamp cooler here in Albuquerque, call Wagner!

Signs you should replace your swamp cooler:

#1. The unit has significant corrosion

Because swamp coolers use water to operate, they’ll eventually start to develop water damage. Much like your water heater, the combination of metal and water can only last for so long before it starts to rust. Minerals in the unit’s water can lead to scaling over time, and rust to spread like a virus through the interior of the system.

This will eventually impact the energy-efficiency of the system, making it that much more expensive to operate. This will continue until it just doesn’t run anymore.

#2. The unit has not been regularly maintained

If you haven’t given your swamp cooler the attention it demands, it’s possible that the unit can no longer function. Wagner can help you stay up-to-date with your swamp cooler’s maintenance schedule, including seasonal start-ups and shutdowns.

#3. The system is getting up there in age

This fits with the first point, too: eventually, your swamp cooler just isn’t going to run as well as it did on the first day it was installed. If you’re relying on your system to make your home habitable in the summer, it might not be worth it—financially or comfort-wise—to tough it out for another year with a failing unit.

Regular maintenance can guarantee that you go years before needing an evaporative cooler replacement. However, if it’s been a long time and it is not functioning at top efficiency, you may need to consider replacing it.

#4. The airflow is either non-existent or not cool enough

Cool airflow is the primary purpose of a swamp cooler, so if your unit’s not delivering, you’ll want to have it inspected. If the issues run too deep and new parts can’t fix the problem, a new unit may be the solution.

#5. Water is leaking from the unit

When the cooler is leaking water, it’s often a sign that the unit has not been properly maintained during the winter months. If the problem goes too long without being tended to, it can create some irreversible problems.

Take care of your swamp cooler, and it’ll take care of you

Ultimately, your swamp cooler will last a long time if you take proper care of it. It’s important to have your unit as fall approaches and started back up just in time for summer. Wagner can help you with this, so your unit is good to go all year long.

If you notice any of these signs you need to replace your swamp cooler, let the Wagner team of experts assist you with your cooler replacement and continued maintenance. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

Here are several major signs that you need summer AC repair

When summer temperatures begin to soar, you need to know you can count on your air conditioning. Heat causes discomfort and impacts the health of people and pets alike, so it’s important to recognize any red flags in your home’s cooling system. Here are the major signs you need summer AC repair here in Albuquerque.

Pictured: Here in Albuquerque, you need to know the signs you need summer AC repair.

Here in Albuquerque, you need to know the signs you need summer AC repair.

Warm air is coming out of your system

The last thing you want during summertime is more heat in the house, but a problematic air conditioning system can lead to this very situation. There are actually a number of potential causes of this issue, including:

  • A failing AC compressor, which is unable to transfer refrigerant as needed
  • Cracked or damaged coils that are allowing refrigerant to leak
  • Problems with the actual thermostat controls

It’s advisable to get input from an experienced service provider (like those here at Wagner!) if you notice any of the above, so as to quickly pinpoint problems and minimize potential downtime.

Rough performance

Two of the most common signs you need summer AC repair include outdoor units that start or run harder than usual. Shaking, rattling, and rumbling are some of the readily observable warnings; they usually indicate a problem with the fan or condenser.

It’s not recommended that you switch on your air conditioning when any of these issues exist, as additional use can make things worse. Instead, call Wagner for 24/7 emergency AC repair here in Albuquerque.

Electrical issues

Circuit breakers are designed to protect against electrical overloading, a dangerous condition that’s capable of damaging your air conditioning system or even causing a house fire.

If using your AC regularly trips breakers and shuts the system off, it may point to excess power being drawn by an overheating compressor. Play it smart and have a Wagner tech inspect your system as soon as possible.

We’re here for your summer AC repair needs

Summer AC repair problems can be a big headache, but Wagner is always ready to deliver for you. We provide a full slate of residential air conditioning services, from new installations to professional repairs and replacements.

Give us a call today and let us know how we can help make your home the place you want to be all season long.

Here are the five major benefits of scheduling an AC checkup

Can you remember the last time you had your air conditioner serviced by a professional? There are many benefits of scheduling an AC checkup! In this blog, we’ll make the case why you should have Wagner inspect and maintain your air conditioner this summer.

To book your tune-up, contact us today!

The 5 benefits of scheduling an AC checkup:

#1. Get the most out of your air conditioner

By sticking to a regular maintenance schedule, you’re helping your air conditioning unit last as long as possible. A poorly operating unit works harder than necessary to do its job, which puts both unnecessary stress on its parts and unnecessary stress on your wallet.

Pictured: There are many benefits of scheduling an AC checkup. Here, a technician checks the system to make sure it's ready for the summer ahead.#2. Better energy-efficiency

Also included on the list of AC tune-up benefits is the fact that your unit and your home will both become more energy-efficient. During maintenance, components like the cooling coils and blades are cleaned, which allow for greater efficiency.

#3. Improved interior air quality

The quality of the air inside your home is improved when you take proper care of your AC unit. This means your allergies aren’t unnecessarily irritated, there’s less chance of you getting sick from breathing the compromised air inside your home, and anyone who suffers from asthma has less of a chance of suffering an attack inside your residence.

#4. Control your humidity

You won’t have to worry as much about an abundance of humidity building up in your home when your air conditioner is properly maintained. Air conditioners have a dehumidifying effect in your home, and a properly tuned up and operating air conditioner will remove humidity.

#5. Save money now and in the long run

While you may not like the idea of having to pay for maintenance when your air conditioner seems to be operating just fine, doing so goes a long way in saving you money in the long run.

Minor problems left unaddressed can turn into major problems, ones that require a major cost to address. Plus, AC maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your system!

Learn more about the benefits of scheduling an AC checkup

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of scheduling an AC checkup, Wagner is here to answer your questions and take care of you and your system. Contact us to schedule service.

Here are 4 signs you need AC replacement

If your air conditioner is getting up there in age, the day is coming when you’ll need to replace it with a new system. However, there are many reasons why you might want to consider replacing your air conditioner ahead of the hottest weather this summer. In this blog, we’ll review four of the signs that you need professional AC replacement and installation.

To schedule your free in-home estimate, contact Wagner today, or give us a call at (505) 884-2822.

#1. Your AC no longer provides effective cooling for your home

If your air conditioner is no longer cooling your home effectively, it’s time to make a change. After all, this is the entire reason you have an air conditioner. If you and your family need comfort, AC replacement might be just what you need.

#2. Your energy bills have been on the rise

Energy-efficiency matters. If your air conditioner has been using more and more energy each and every summer, that means that your energy bills are also on the rise. Not only that, but your system is probably experiencing greater wear-and-tear from your air conditioner running constantly.

One of the best ways to get more energy-efficiency out of your older air conditioner each summer is to schedule an AC checkup from Wagner.

However, there is a point where an older AC really just needs to be replaced. After all, even a checkup can’t completely roll back the years on your system, or change the fact that modern, new air conditioners from Daikin have passed your old system by.

#3. You’ve needed AC repair for multiple summers

If your air conditioner has consistently needed repairs over the past few summers, that’s a good sign that it’s time for AC replacement. After all, add up those repair costs: wouldn’t that money be better spent on a new AC that is going to be not only more energy-efficient, but provide your home with better comfort?

The next time your AC needs repairs, ask your trusted Wagner technician about the expected lifespan of your unit, and when you need to consider replacing it.

#4. Your AC is getting up there in age

Nothing lasts forever. Sure, with the right maintenance, your air conditioner—much like your car—is going to last a lot longer. At the same time, consistently running, summer-after-summer, will eventually wear down even the best-maintained system.

If you’ve been putting off the day of your AC replacement, this might be the season to finally make the switch.

For more on AC replacement, call the Wagner team!

If you’re ready to replace your old air conditioner, give Wagner a call to schedule a free in-home estimate on a new Daikin system. Since 1928, we’ve been your trusted, local source for HVAC, plumbing, and electrical services.

To get started on your AC replacement, contact us online, or give us a call at (505) 884-2822.

This Earth Day, make plans to save energy this summer

April 22 is Earth Day, and there are a lot of great events happening here in Albuquerque. What’s more, many organizations around town will be planting trees and doing trash pickups in parks.

It’s this time of year where many homeowners wonder how they can improve their own energy-efficiency, both to save money and to use less energy. In this blog, we’ll run through four ways your air conditioner can save you energy and money.

The best ways to save energy this summer

There are many ways to save energy in your home this summer. Here are a few of the ways you can get more out of your air conditioner this summer:

#1. Schedule an AC checkup with Wagner

Spring is the best time to schedule your air conditioning checkup from the team at Wagner. By having one of our professional techs inspect your system this season, we can not only make sure your system is less likely to break down in the summer, but also increase your energy-efficiency.

An unmaintained air conditioner is an inefficient one. Over the course of summer, fall, winter, and early spring, your air conditioner gathers dust and debris that keep it from running at peak capacity. Our checkup tightens parts, checks systems, and ensures that your unit is ready for the hot weather ahead.

SCHEDULE YOUR AC CHECKUP

#2. Replace your old, struggling air conditioner

If your air conditioner is old, it probably isn’t as efficient as it once was—and is far from as efficient as new systems are. Even with an AC checkup, there’s only so efficient that a 15-year-old air conditioner can be.

Most homeowners replace their old air conditioner when it dies for the final time, or when the repair costs finally outweigh the system’s value. However, during your tune-up, ask your Wagner tech about the state of your system. Here are just a few signs that it’s time to replace your old system:

  • Reduced energy-efficiency, and higher bills
  • More frequent breakdowns and repair needs
  • Less comfort in your home

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#3. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat

You may have seen programmable thermostats for sale in your local hardware store. These systems offer homeowners greater control over their comfort and home energy use, even when they’re not at home.

These thermostats, true to their name, can be programmed to cool and heat at certain times on certain days of the week. Most models can also be connected to WiFi, which allows you to adjust or check the temperature of your home on-the-go or while you’re at work.

By allowing for this level of consistent control, programmable thermostats can help make your home more energy-efficient. For example, if you only need your home colder when you’re falling asleep, you can set your thermostat to turn down the AC after 10 p.m.

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#4. Keep your home consistent

Many homeowners believe the best way to save energy is to turn off their air conditioner during the day while they’re at home, and then turn it back on at night.

However, contrary to popular belief, this practice actually ends up using more energy. When your AC has to play catch up and cool your home down after a long, hot day, it uses more electricity than it would have needed to just maintain a temperature throughout the day.

Instead, using either your regular thermostat or a programmable model, set a consistent, slightly higher temperature for your air conditioner to stay at during the day. Then, you can make small, 1-3 degree adjustments when you get home at night.

Call Wagner for an AC checkup this Earth Day

Your air conditioner is one of the primary users of energy in your home. By making it more efficient—along with some other common-sense changes in your home like switching to more efficient light bulbs—you can cut back on your energy use, saving you money and lessening your home’s footprint.

To schedule your AC checkup, contact Wagner today!

What sets Daikin apart from other HVAC brands?

Wagner is proud to be a Daikin dealer. We install Daikin systems, simply, because they’re some of the best air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps on the market today. In this blog, we’ll review what sets Daikin apart from other HVAC brands.

A new Daikin HVAC system starts with a phone call to Wagner for a free in-home estimate. Contact us today!

Daikin Comfort Pro Certified Dealer in AlbuquerqueWhat it means to be a Daikin Comfort Pro Certified Dealer

The Daikin Comfort Pro Certified designation isn’t something that just gets slapped onto a business. To qualify, HVAC companies need to be in great standing with the Better Business Bureau (Wagner has an A+ rating) and techs need to take regular classes on maintaining and installing Daikin systems.

Daikin regularly checks on its dealers to make sure customers are happy (as ours are) and satisfied with their installation. Wagner is proud to be a Daikin dealer because we know that not every HVAC company earns the designation.

Daikin is a name you can trust

Daikin is considered by many to be one of the world’s premier HVAC manufacturers. In fact, they’re the number one manufacturer of indoor comfort systems in the world. As such, their air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps lead the field in energy-efficiency, reliability, and more.

That reliability translates into longer system life, which—in turn—saves you money years down the line by delaying the date you have to replace your system.

Daikin backs their systems

Daikin believes in the manufacturing process. It’s one of the reasons that they back their products with some of the best manufacturer’s warranties in the market today.

For example, many of their systems come with limited warranties protecting the parts or even the entire unit, should it need to be replaced, for an entire 12 years. Their furnaces come with a lifetime heat exchanger limited warranty, as well.

Remember: one of the best ways to keep your Daikin system running better, longer is to schedule a seasonal AC checkup and furnace checkup with the pros here at Wagner.

Daikin, installed right by Wagner

If you’re looking for a new Daikin system here in Albuquerque, look no further than New Mexico’s original home services company, Wagner!

Our NATE-certified technicians are among the best in the business, and they have the right Daikin training, tools, and experience to install your system right.

Ready to get started? Contact Wagner today to schedule your free in-home estimate.

What’s different about having ductless HVAC installed?

Ductless HVAC systems have many advantages when compared to standard air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps. Namely, you don’t need ductwork to get cooling and heating in your home! In this blog, we’ll review what’s different about how ductless gets put in your home.

Ready to learn more? Schedule a free in-home estimate with the Wagner team by contacting us today.

Here’s what’s different about how ductless HVAC gets installed

#1. You don’t need ducts (but homes with them can still get ductless)

Ductless cooling and heating is perfect for homes or buildings without existing ductwork. This includes historic buildings that pre-date modern air conditioning and heating, garages, and commercial buildings. Since ductwork installation can be a major expense for a homeowner or business owner, ductless allows you to access comfort without that step.

However, if your home or business currently has ductwork, you can still get ductless installed, either as a replacement for your centralized system or as an addition to it. In the case of the latter, this would be to add extra cooling and heating to select rooms of your home.

#2. You get to pick-and-choose where comfort lives

With central cooling and heating, you more-or-less are going to be sending conditioned (either heating or cooled) air to wherever the ducts take it. You home gets all-around heating or cooling, but it’s not quite as customizable as with ductless HVAC systems.

With ductless, you can put the indoor units in whatever room you need them to be in. For example, have a family room that’s the place for parties, but a craft room that doesn’t get used very often? You may choose to put a ductless unit in the living room, but not in the craft room.

#3. Multiple indoor units, one outside unit

Many indoor ductless units can be connected to a single outside unit, which allows you more flexibility in how many ductless units you need for your home.

#4. Wall-mounted for convenience

Most of the ductless HVAC systems we install are wall-mounted, near the top of the wall. Typically, these systems blend in with the surrounding furniture and decor. They’re designed to be less noticeable and—this is certainly true for the Mitsubishi systems we install—beautiful and modern.

This setup not only prevents you from needing ductwork installation, but provides you with more floorspace for furniture.

For a free quote on ductless HVAC installation, call Wagner!

Wagner is where you’ll find professional ductless system installation, right here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our friendly techs know the ins-and-outs of installing these advanced systems. As a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor Elite dealer, we have the right tools and experience to handle your install the right way.

Ready to get started? Contact our team today to get a free in-home estimate on a new ductless HVAC system.

It’s time to schedule your evaporative cooler shutdown. Here’s why.

Throughout the hot summer months here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, our swamp coolers—also known as “evaporative coolers”—have kept us cool and comfortable. But, now fall is here and winter is arriving soon. It’s time to schedule your evaporative cooler shutdown.

All swamp coolers require winterization in the fall. It’s part of their design. Failure to prepare your system for colder weather and snow can result in damage—perhaps even fatal—to the system. In this blog, we’ll discuss that and a few more reasons why you should have a professional inspect and shutdown your cooler.

Swamp Cooler ShutdownFour reasons to schedule your evaporative cooler shutdown

If you have a swamp cooler inside the house, it’s essential that you schedule a seasonal shutdown with Wagner. Here are the four big reasons why you should have Wagner shut down the swamp cooler this month:

#1. Prevent damage to the system

A swamp cooler contains many different moving parts, most made of metal. Over time, any standing water left in the system—or water deposited by winter rains or snow—will develop into rust and corrosion, ruining the system. In addition to completely draining the system, Wagner’s technicians expertly cover the swamp cooler to ensure that moisture is locked out.

This is necessary, even if you have a plastic swamp cooler. Standing water that is left inside the circulating pump can damage the system. Any leftover water can also serve as a safe haven for pests and insects, which can be a nasty surprise when the system is opened back up in the spring.

#2. Avoid costly repairs when you start the system in the spring

Every evaporative cooler has a water supply line. The supply line should be winterized before the start of the winter by an HVAC professional. That’s because freezing conditions here in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area can freeze any remaining water in the lines, causing them to burst.

If the temperature goes below 32 degrees and remains at that level for an hour, any water inside the supply line will freeze, resulting in the pipes bursting. Put quite simply, this will ruin the system and require costly repairs. It’s better to just have a professional handle your evaporative cooler shutdown ahead of time.

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#3. Avoid the need to clean the system

Another major reason for shutting down your cooler before winter is that it will prevent dust from settling inside the cooler. When one of our professional technicians thoroughly inspects the cooler, we’ll clean and properly cover the unit.

This protective covering will prevent dirt and dust from getting inside the system, and—as we mentioned earlier—keep moisture out. This will go a long way in ensuring the increased lifespan of the cooler.

Scheduling a shutdown of your evaporative cooler won’t cost much. However, it can save you a lot of money on repairs and the cost of the system. Moreover, it makes spring startup easier by ensuring that your cooler is ready to go.

#4. Keep your evaporative cooler’s warranty intact

Winterizing the swamp cooler will also ensure that the system remains under warranty. Most manufacturers require that the cooler be properly maintained. Otherwise, the warranty is voided. To learn more about the specific warranty rules on your swamp cooler, give the team at Wagner a call.

Start your swamp cooler shutdown by calling the team at Wagner

Do you reside in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or surrounding areas? If so, you should contact Wagner to schedule the shutdown of your swamp cooler. Call us at (505) 884-2822 or contact us online.

4 signs that you need to call Wagner for central air repair this summer

Here in Albuquerque, a properly functioning air conditioner is a necessity in the summer. The comfort of your family and home depend on your AC unit. A breakdown could be a disaster. However, there are signs that you’ll need central air repair even before a breakdown. Addressing these issues early could end up saving you from a system breakdown.

In this blog post, we’ll review 4 signs that you should give us a call for AC repair this summer. As New Mexico’s oldest provider of home services, Wagner is a trusted name in central air repair. Call (505) 884-2822 or contact us online to schedule your service.

5 Reasons for Annual AC Tune-UpReason #1: If you are not getting cold air

Obviously, right? However, this isn’t just about your AC producing cold air at all. This is more about your AC keeping your home at a consistent temperature to your liking.

If your AC is struggling to keep up with the temperature set by your thermostat—including constantly starting and stopping—it might be time to give our team here at Wagner a call. This kind of straining to keep up with a colder temperature could eventually lead to a breakdown.

Reason #2: Your home has pockets of extremes

If you notice that some rooms in your home are getting more than enough cold air while other rooms are still incredibly warm, it could be a sign that your air conditioner has a problem with airflow. In turn, airflow problems generally have one of two sources:

  • The compressor of your air conditioner is not working properly.
  • Faulty ductwork is disrupting the airflow.

Whatever is the reason behind poor airflow, your best bet is to give Wagner a call to have us inspect the system, your ducts, and undertake central air repair, if needed.

Reason #3: Your AC unit in not responding to your thermostat adjustments

Unlike in the example above, this is more along the lines of your air conditioner not kicking on when you turn down the temperature. Yet, the air conditioner is working otherwise. In this particular case, the problem isn’t with your air conditioner itself, but with the thermostat.

If you’re encountering this problem, Wagner’s professional technicians can inspect your thermostat to determine what the cause of the issue is.

Reason #4: Your AC unit is making strange sounds

Air conditioners run with a sound that becomes a part of outdoor ambient noises. That’s why you don’t often notice it unless you’re listening for it. It’s also why, when something is wrong, you’ll hear the difference right away. Squealing, squeaking, hissing, grinding, popping, and banging are all sounds that should command your attention, as they may indicate the immediate need for central air repair.

These noises may indicate that there’s been a loosening of the condenser belt or an internal part has broken. Give Wagner a call immediately to have us investigate the state of the system.

Call Wagner for any of the reasons above—and all your central air repair needs

Having an air conditioner that runs smoothly throughout the entire summer is bliss. By watching (and listening) for potential issues, you can prevent a system breakdown. When you do run into trouble, contact the professionals at Wagner. Our technicians fix all AC makes and models.

You can call us at (505) 884-2822 or contact us online to schedule your service.