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!

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.

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.

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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 and 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.

Why do You Need an Annual Furnace Tuneup?

Is it really that important to get an annual furnace tuneup even if your furnace seemed to work perfectly well when you last checked it? A regular furnace checkup may not be mandatory, but is recommended by all furnace manufacturers. Even if your heating system ran well last year, you still need to have it checked.

Think of the regular furnace tuneup as a preventative measure against larger issues which can be very costly. You have your teeth examined at least once a year. You change the oil in your car and tune it regularly, too. As a homeowner, it would be reckless if you didn’t take care of the system that needs to keep your home and family warm during the winter.

What do you get with an annual furnace tuneup?

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and this applies to checking your heating system regularly as well. But, let’s go a little deeper and see in details why you should consider scheduling a furnace tuneup today.

Safety

Since furnaces burn fuel to produce heat, it’s important that the combustion process is efficient and safe. Even a small problem can lead to gas leaking inside your home and produce dangerous gases, such as carbon monoxide. These gases can be very harmful to your health and the health of your family. Furnace maintenance professionals can detect the signs of any type of problem related to your furnace system and fix it in a timely manner.

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Extended life of your heating system

There are a lot of ways in which your furnace can malfunction. In many cases, residents can’t notice these problems, until they start getting reflected in high energy consumption bills or signs of turbulence in the heating system.

The furnace is a complex piece of equipment that integrates a variety of different components. Malfunction in single component, such as the ignition system and air filter, or in the gas pressure and electrical circuitry, can result in your furnace behaving erratically. If you don’t detect these signs on time, your system may easily break down completely. Therefore, the most reasonable solution for identifying faults and increasing the lifespan of your furnace is to schedule proper cleaning and a regular tuneup.

Proper airflow

The ventilation system of the furnace is essential for efficient distribution of heat throughout your household. Regular maintenance of the furnace allows adequate flow of air through the unit. If there are problems with the airflow, the system will have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Adding more pressure to the heating system can lead to higher energy usage and even a complete system breakdown. An annual furnace tuneup can save you the cost of replacing parts or the entire system in case of a complete failure.

Energy efficiency

Knowing that energy costs are increasing all the time, anything that can save more energy or produce better efficiency is welcome. Cleaning and inspecting your furnace burner and heat exchanger will increase the probability of the system working effectively throughout the winter.

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Reduced repairs

Every winter season, repairing services all over the country are receiving calls about system breakdowns from residents with heating problems. The majority of the issues can be detected and solved if regular maintenance is scheduled before the start of the season. Furnace tuneup professionals thoroughly clean the system that allows the furnace to work without disturbance. They can detect any minor issues with the furnace before they turn into major defects. This way, you can enjoy the warmth of your home throughout the winter season, and do so without having to resort to expensive emergency repairs for your heating system.

Saving time and money

Checking up your furnace before the winter starts can potentially save you a lot of time. There is no need to wait in the cold for the repairman to come and fix your heater. With regular tuneups, you can relax knowing that you won’t experience any discomfort at the worst possible time.

Regular tuneups can help you save money, too. If you make sure that your furnace is working properly, it will last longer. Regular maintenance and changing the filters will ensure that your furnace works effectively and saves more power. This way, you will avoid paying huge bills.

Valid warranty

Another reason to schedule an annual furnace tuneup is to maintain your manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty can help you avoid high expenses in case something undesirable happens to your heater over the years. Most manufacturers condition their customers to maintain their heater regularly. Otherwise, the warranty becomes void. If you want to meet the manufacturer’s requirements and maintain the warranty for your furnace, you’ll have to schedule regular tuneups.

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Furnace manufacturers are constantly upgrading their products. Today, it’s estimated that if a furnace is well maintained, it can last up to 20 years. When you buy a high-quality furnace, you can get a 15-year warranty option.

Although regular tuneups might seem like an unnecessary expense, they can keep your system working effectively, saving you from costly repairs or system failures. You can even save on utility bills and provide a healthier living environment for you and your family.

Do you need a professional for your furnace tuneup?

Some homeowners try to maintain their furnace by themselves. Since maintaining a heating system requires a wide knowledge base and experience, it’s hard to do the job well if you’re not trained for it. Although winters in Albuquerque are not extremely cold, you wouldn’t want to risk having a broken heating system which is unable to keep you and your family warm. Therefore, it is best to leave this job to professionals who can detect any malfunctions in their early stage.

For more than 85 years, Wagner Mechanical has been meeting the heating needs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe New Mexico. Our experienced team specializes in dealing with any kind of heating system.

We want to make sure that we are available for all of our customers whenever they need us. Our services are available 24/7 for residents in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Our technicians can quickly identify the problem, give you an estimate on the repair and get your system working properly in no time.