For superior heating service here in Albuquerque, call Wagner! We work with all types of heating systems in your home: furnaces, heat pumps, ductless setups, and much more. From emergency repairs in the cold of winter to fall checkups, our NATE-certified techs are here for you and your system. Call us today!

Here are the most common signs you need heating repair

Now that it’s getting chilly, you’ll be firing up the heater on a regular basis. A properly working heat pump or furnace is crucial to keeping your home comfortable during winter. This means it’s crucial to stay aware of any of the signs you need heating repair.

In this article, we review some of the most common warning signs your heating system is failing. If you notice any of these, you should contact the professional technicians at Wagner right away for heating repair.

6 signs you need heating repair

Electrical HVAC repairYour home isn’t getting warm enough

It’s possible for your furnace to be working, but not be working right. Here are some things to consider:

  • Are you shivering despite turning the heat on?
  • Do you notice cold spots around your house?
  • Is the air from the vents lukewarm?

If any of these things are true, there may be something wrong. Common reasons for insufficient heating include faulty heating parts and thermostat issues. You deserve a heater that does its job.

Energy bills are increasing

Are your utility costs getting higher each month? If so, your furnace might be operating less efficiently than it should be. This means your system is working harder to keep the inside of your home at a comfortable temperature. With a heating repair (or, if catch it early, a heating checkup), you can save money each month.

The heater is making weird sounds

Problematic heating noises include:

  • Banging
  • Thumping
  • Rumbling
  • Squeaking
  • Whistling
  • Rattling

These sounds can occur for a variety of reasons. Thumping can indicate an ignition problem, while squeaking may mean there is a deteriorating belt or loose bearing. Rattling can be a symptom of loose screws or unsecured ductwork.

In any case, you need to call in the professionals when your furnace starts to keep you up at night. Not only is a loud heating system annoying, but it can be the canary in the coal mine for larger furnace problems that might lead to a system breakdown.

Your air ducts or home is getting a lot dustier

As a furnace stops working properly, problems with the blower can mean that the air pressure being sent out through your air ducts isn’t quite what it used to be. The result is that dust starts to accumulate in the air ducts or physically on the grates. If you’ve been noticing an increase in dust that accompanies one of the other symptoms in this article, you should consider calling Wagner for furnace repair.

The carbon monoxide detector is beeping

This is one of the most critical signs you need heating repair. Never ignore a carbon monoxide detector going off. In certain circumstances, a cracked heat exchanger inside your furnace can release carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless gas that’s extremely dangerous. A carbon monoxide detector (yes, every home with a furnace needs to have one of these!) will be the warning sign that something has gone wrong with your furnace. Evacuate and call emergency services.

You smell something foul

When you run the heater, you shouldn’t smell anything distinct. If you notice a strange smell coming from the vents, this could mean that something is burning or something is wrong with the system. In either case, call Wagner for emergency heating repair from our experienced technicians.

Call Wagner when you detect signs you need heating repair this winter

When it comes to your furnace and keeping your family warm this winter, it’s important to get any issues resolved sooner rather than later. Contact our team here at Wagner to learn more about our heating repair services and how we can help you with your heating, cooling, and plumbing needs.

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 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.

The 4 signs you need heating repair in Albuquerque this winter

Winter nights here in Albuquerque can get chilly. It’s important to have a working furnace or heat pump in your home. However, problems do happen. In this blog, we’ll review the most prominent signs you need heating repair from the professionals at Wagner.

Need to contact our team? Give us a call at (505) 884-2822 or contact us online.

The 4 signs you need heating repair

Here are four of the most common signs that you need heating repair for your furnace or heat pump:

This winter, look out for the signs you need heating repair.1. Frequent system cycling

This doesn’t refer to your furnace taking a bicycle tour around Albuquerque. “Cycling” is when your furnace or heat pump is constantly turning on-and-off in rapid succession. This not only wastes energy, but can lead to extra wear-and-tear on your system. There are multiple causes for cycling, and it’s important to call in an expert technician to inspect your system.

Furnaces and heat pumps may have cycling issues because they’re too large for your home (this is why professional heating installation is so important!) or because you have thermostat issues that are leading to your furnace getting the wrong temperature reading.

2. Your furnace or heat pump is making strange sounds

We wrote about this last month, and that’s because strange noises are one of the most reliable indicators that you need furnace repair. If you hear something that isn’t right, trust your instincts and call Wagner out for a furnace or heat pump inspection.

Never ignore strange noises, or try to “tough” them out through the rest of the season. Doing so can lead to irreparable damage to your furnace or heat pump, leading to the new need for an entirely new system. Instead, contact the pros at Wagner.

3. You’re experiencing system performance issues

If you have a working furnace or heat pump, it should be able to get your home to the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat. If it struggles to do so, then something is probably wrong. It’s not just a matter of comfort: issues with performance can indicate that your furnace or heating system is on the verge of a full breakdown.

First, see if hot air is coming out of the registers or vents in your home. If it’s not, or your system is blowing cold air, that’s your first indicator that something is wrong. Our technicians can determine if that “something” is the system itself or something off with your ducts.

4. Strange odors or other visual problems with the system

Your furnace or heat pump should not produce a strong, burning smell. Nor should it have a musty or moldy odor. If it is, that indicates that something is wrong, and that you need a professional tech to look at your system.

Every home that has a furnace needs to keep carbon monoxide detectors up-to-date with fresh batteries during the winter. Over time, a furnace’s heat exchanger can develop small cracks that can possibly release carbon monoxide into your home, putting you and your family in danger. If you suspect something is wrong with your heat exchanger, turn everything off and call Wagner.

Never try to remain your own furnace or heat pump

There are many things in your home that are suitable for DIY projects, from building a coffee table to painting your kitchen cabinets. Furnace repair is not one of them. Never attempt to repair your own furnace or heat pump.

Not only could you make the problem worse, you could cause permanent damage to the system and—even worse—possibly put yourself at risk of electrocution or carbon monoxide poisoning. Always call a professional HVAC technician when there are signs you need heating repair.

Your heating professionals in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

When you need fast, reliable heating repair this winter — or when you observe the signs you need heating repair — contact the team at Wagner. We’ve been serving Albuquerque and Santa Fe for decades, and we’re proud of our commitment to our customers.

Troubleshooting strange furnace noises and sounds

It’s late at night, on a cold night here in Albuquerque. Suddenly, you hear a screeching coming from your attic. Unless you have some kind of bat infestation, chances are that you’re hearing strange furnace noises and you may need heating repair.

A properly functioning furnace should not make too much noise. They’re designed to run quietly. A furnace that is making strange noises is most likely in need of repair. However, the type of sound can help determine the exact issue with the system.

In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the most common furnace sounds, and what they may signify. If you’re hearing any of these—or you’re unsure about what you’re hearing coming from your furnace—contact the pros at Wagner. We’ll inspect your furnace and determine the exact issue.

Four strange furnace noises (and what to do when you hear them)

Albuquerque Furnace RepairHere are four common, but weird, furnace noises, and the most probable reasons for the sounds. Keep in mind that every furnace is different, so the only way to be 100% sure about the state of your furnace is to have the team at Wagner inspect your system.

1. Scraping noises

A scrapping noise most likely means that there’s a fault in the blower wheel of the furnace. This noise will sound like metal parts rubbing together, or nails scratching  a chalkboard. Yeah, it’s not fun. You must call a furnace technician as soon as possible when you hear a scraping noise.

The blower wheel can be making the scrapping noise for different reasons. The wheel may have become loose and is making the noise by hitting the blower casing. Having a professional technician tighten the blower wheel can resolve the problem.

Sometimes, a broken blower wheel can also cause the noise. Moreover, the motor mount may have broken causing the blower assembly to hit the housing. This may also result in a scrapping noise.

2. Screeching noises

A screeching noise that comes from the furnace is most probably due to motor bearing problems. (Here’s what this sounds like)

The motor bearing issue can be solved by a technician strategically adding lubricant. This is something that you need to have Wagner help with: your standard WD-40 is too lightweight to be used here, and we have a special lubricant that will stand up to the wear-and-tear of the furnace.

Another common cause of screeching sounds? A bad belt. You must have a technician replace the belt immediately, otherwise the blower will no longer run.

3. “Thwapping” Sound

A “thwapping” sound indicates that something is stuck in the blades of the blower. Moreover, this sound can also be heard when something is stuck inside the housing of the furnace. The sound is similar to the noise made by playing cards when they are attached to the spokes of a bicycle wheel.

You should get the unit checked by a professional technician to get the problem resolved. Not taking any action can cause strain on the motor, resulting in a major system breakdown.

4. Banging or popping noises

Banging or popping sounds are very common. Most of the time, these noises come from the air ducts. A popping sound is made when the air ducts expand and contract. While a minor popping noise is normal, a loud banging or popping noise could be a whole different story. If you hear either, call Wagner.

When you hear strange furnace noises, call in the experts

Wagner is your source for heating repair services in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our dedicated techs work with all makes and models, and we offer 24/7 repair services. No matter what strange furnace noises you’re hearing, give us a call today for an inspection.

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.

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 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.

Conclusion

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.

Conclusion

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.