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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.

How to make your home more energy-efficient this summer

Summer is in full swing here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Most of us are forced to crank down the thermostat setting, meaning we’ll see high energy bills.

The good news is that you can still enjoy the comfort of your air conditioner without having to pay high energy bills. Here we have listed five tips that can help you to help you get to a more energy-efficient home this summer.

Energy-Efficient Home In Summer#1. Use a ceiling or table fan

You can use ceiling or table fans to reduce the cooling requirement inside the home. Consider running the fan in counter clockwise direction. This will create a wind chill effect allowing you to reduce the temperature by three to five degrees. Remember to turn off the when not in the room. Using the fan in this way can drastically cut the home cooling bill.

#2. Plant trees around the house

One of the best ways to make the house energy efficient is by planting trees around the house. The U.S. Department of Energy states that planting trees can greatly reduce the energy required for heating typical house. Trees can block sunlight from entering the home. This will mean that your air conditioner won’t have to strain when cooling the room.

#3. Use a programmable thermostat

If you have not installed a programmable thermostat, it’s recommended that you get one. Programmable thermostats can result in efficient use of the air conditioner, and a more energy-efficient home.

The device allows you to set a high temperature when less cooling is required such as during the night or when everyone is away. This will help conserve energy and money.

#4. Block sunlight by closing blinds and curtains

Most people love it when the sun shines through the windows. However, the sun’s rays also silently warm up the rooms. You should block sunlight from entering the room by closing blinds or curtains. This can shave off about 7 percent of your monthly energy bill.

#5. Schedule regular AC maintenance with Wagner

Regular air conditioner checkups can also help keep the energy bills down. Keep in mind that your air conditioner undergoes wear-and-tear over the summer. Getting the system checked and repaired can help prevent costly repairs.

A technician will thoroughly inspect the air conditioner to ensure that everything is in good condition. In case any problem is detected, the technician will perform the required repairs. This will help keep the system running efficiently, resulting in reduced energy bills. Also, this will extend the lifespan of the air conditioner.

Have Wagner help your energy-efficient home dreams with AC services!

If you reside in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, New Mexico, call Wagner. We have expert technicians who can help you with a number of AC services that can boost your home’s energy-efficiency. Whether you want to schedule a checkup or install a new air conditioner, we have you covered.

Here’s five reasons you should schedule an annual AC checkup

5 Reasons for Annual AC Tune-UpYour air conditioner should be inspected by a professional technician at least once every year. Ideally, this checkup should be scheduled twice a year—once in the spring and the once in the fall.

However, the reality is that most people don’t give thought to annual AC checkup until a major fault develops. This not only results in a great inconvenience for the household, but also creates financial difficulties when the system breaks down.

An annual checkup of your air conditioner will provide many benefits. If you are still not convinced about scheduling an annual maintenance, the following 5 reasons will make you change your mind.

Benefit #1: Avoid unexpected breakdowns

A system that breaks down unexpectedly in the middle of a heatwave can cause a great discomfort for the household. A broken AC makes the people sweat out the day until the system is repaired by a technician. The discomfort caused due to the emergency failure of the AC unit can be avoided by scheduling annual AC checkup.

Benefit #2: Increased lifespan

Another great benefit of an annual air conditioner checkup is that it most often results in increased lifespan of the unit. Our technician will inspect the air conditioner and perform needed repairs in case faulty parts are detected. The issues, if left unaddressed, could lead to major damage of the unit.

Routine inspection will ensure minimum wear-and-tear on the unit. This will help ensure increased lifespan, resulting in cost savings for you in the long run.

Benefit #3: Less frequent repairs

Having the system checked by a professional technician will ensure optimal operation of the unit. The system will operate efficiently without straining to cool the room. This will result in less wear-and-tear on the important components inside, thereby saving you money due to the less frequent need of repairs.

Benefit #4: Ensure optimal cooling

A system that is properly maintained will draw less energy. On the other hand, a system that is not maintained properly will draw more power to cool the room. As a result, the energy bill will increase. Regular maintenance of the unit will ensure optimal cooling and maximum comfort for the household.

Benefit #5: High-quality indoor air

Mold, dust, and mildew accumulate in the ducts if the system is poorly maintained. The airborne irritants will enter the living spaces of your home. An annual AC checkup will help ensure optimal quality air circulation inside the rooms.

Call Wagner to schedule your annual checkup of your AC unit

Remember: every air conditioner requires a regular checkup to keep it running right. Maintenance is important to ensure that the unit continues to run smoothly without developing major problems. Preventive maintenance will ensure that the unit operates at maximum efficiency with minimum breakdowns. It will also help ensure high quality indoor air, as well as reduced energy bills.

Call Wagner to schedule your annual checkup of your air conditioner.

Can attic insulation help with your home’s AC efficiency?

Attic insulation and AC efficiencyWe all know that an AC checkup from the professional team at Wagner is one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the best energy efficiency in the summer. However, there’s another thing to consider for your home: checking your attic insulation. In this blog, we’ll explain why.

Air is always escaping through your roof

When the temperature inside the attic is cool, warm air from the outside enters the attic. The opposite happens during the winter season when the warm air inside the house escapes to the outside. In both the scenarios, HVAC system has to work hard to keep the rooms at the desired temperature.

What is the problem with your insulation?

Inefficient insulation makes your heating and cooling systems work harder to cool or heat the house per degree. This results in increased wear-and-tear, putting your system at risk of a breakdown. It can also increase your energy bill and lead to uncomfortable temperatures.

By insulating the attic, air will be trapped inside your home to a better degree, helping ensure efficient heating and cooling by the HVAC system.

Attic insulation has its benefits

Attic is the prime location from where the house loses most of the warm air during the winter and cool air during summers. The warm air escapes from the house during the winter months while the cool air becomes warm due to the influx of outside air during the summer months.

Attic insulation can effectively solve the problem. Insulating the attic can prevent air leakage. It will seal the leaks and prevent release of air from the house. This will ensure optimum operation of the HVAC unit. But that is not the only benefit of attic insulation.

Efficient operation of the heating and cooling unit will result in reduced energy bills. What’s more it will result in reduce wear and tear due to which you will experience less frequent repairs. The amount invested in installing or improving the attic insulation will be repaid in a matter of a few years.

The exact amount of savings depends on the usage patterns, the type of HVAC unit, and the condition of existing insulation. Generally, you could save about 20 percent due to efficient cooling and heating on account of improved attic insulation. So, if your annual bills amount to $1000, insulation of the attic will result in savings of about $200.

So, is it worth it?

Attic insulation costs about $175 – $325 for a typical attic with 500 square foot area. The costs will be more than worth it due to increased efficiency of the HVAC unit and reduced bills.

Another way to save? Schedule an AC checkup with the pros at Wagner

Attic insulation matters. However, you should also consider scheduling an AC checkup with the team at Wagner. This will not only ensure optimal efficiency of your cooling system, but also help you avoid needing major repairs.

For your AC checkup in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, contact Wagner. Our experienced and certified technicians utilize expert tools to perform a through checkup of the HVAC system.

Our professional technician will detect and resolve all kinds of problems that arise with the system. Whether it’s complex or simple repair task, you can count on our experienced and courteous technicians to do the job for you.

Reasons to get air conditioning maintenance

Chances are that air conditioning maintenance isn’t your number one priority right now. For busy families in New Mexico, keeping their air conditioner in top condition often gets pushed down the to-do list and left off of the budget. However, an AC checkup from the professionals at Wagner Mechanical can have real benefits and even help save you money in the long run. In this post, we’ll review some of the reasons to keep your air conditioner maintained each and every year.

Air Conditioning MaintenanceDecreased energy costs

Your cooling bills in the summer can be high. However, your air conditioner may be using more energy than it needs to. As dust builds up on the cooling coils and the system experiences air leaks, cooling efficiency is being lost and your system has to work harder to maintain the same temperatures it once did in your home.

However, when you have a Wagner Mechanical technician inspect your system, we will restore your system’s energy efficiency by cleaning coils and sealing air leaks. Over the course of the summer, this will save you money on your electricity bills. Over the course of several summers, it’s entirely possible that the cost of the checkups will begin to pay for themselves in your increased energy efficiency.

Longer system lifespan

An air conditioner that receives regular maintenance from a certified professional will have a longer lifespan. Over time, certain parts within an air conditioner experience wear-and-tear, and the buildup of dust and other pollutants inside of the system can cause it to work harder than it has to keep your home cool. All of this adds up to a system that is under strain for much of the summer.

The technicians at Wagner Mechanical will inspect your system and fix any broken components, while also lubricating moving parts and cleaning coils. This work will not only boost your energy efficiency, but it will help reduce strain on individual parts and the system as a whole. In fact, annual checkups can lead to your system living for years longer than it would have otherwise. In the long run, this saves you money and allows you to better plan and budget for a new system on your terms.

Greater dependability

Did you know that most of the causes of air conditioning breakdowns stem from a lack of maintenance? With an annual AC checkup, you can help ensure that your system runs right, all summer long. Although Wagner is available 24/7 for emergency repairs if your air conditioner does stop working, you’ll be less likely to need those repairs in the first place.

Trust your maintenance to a New Mexico original

Wagner Mechanical is the state’s oldest heating and cooling company. Since 1928, we’ve been providing the people of Albuquerque and Santa Fe with superior products, service, and advice. From tuning up air conditioners in the summer to repairing furnaces in the winter, Wagner’s certified technicians have seen it all. Don’t trust just any company with your annual AC maintenance. Turn to the original: Wagner Mechanical.

Three signs you may need AC repair

The most obvious sign that you need AC repair from the specialists at Wagner Mechanical is when your unit stops working altogether. However, what happens when something goes wrong with your air conditioner but it continues running?

From coolant leaks to strange noises and smells, your air conditioner may be giving you other warning signs of an impending breakdown. You just have to know how to interpret them. In this post, Wagner will run through just a few of these potential signals.

AC repair AlbuquerqueStrange noises

If you’ve owned your air conditioner for a number of years, you tend to know what it sounds like upon startup and shutdown. So, when your system begins to deviate from those normal behaviors and make rattling, grinding, popping, or squealing sounds, you’ll know. Don’t ignore these noises as just a part of the weather.

There could be something that is loose that is causing the rattle. A moving part that has lost lubrication may be making the grinding or squealing sound. Or, the popping sound may indicate that something is wrong with the electrical. All of these problems could lead to a potential system breakdown, so don’t hesitate to call the professionals at Wagner Mechanical out to inspect your air conditioner.

Strange smells

Perhaps this is harder to notice than the noises, but if your air conditioner system or ducts are emitting an odd odor, try to identify what it is.

  • A burning or metallic smell could be that electrical wires have burnt through insulation and are now burning insulation.
  • A musty or moldy smell may be an indicator that the drainage is blocked and things are growing in your system.

In case it isn’t obvious, both of these smells are signs of a less-than-ideal situation. If you’re left wondering what that smell is, give Wagner Mechanical a call so that one of our technicians can investigate and get to the bottom of the odor.

Your system is leaking coolant

If you see strange liquids pooled outside of your AC unit or anywhere else in the vicinity of the system, it may be a sign that AC coolant is leaking from your system. This is a serious problem that not only compromises the performance of your system, but could pose a health risk to your family and pets.

Coolant is potentially toxic, so stay away and call Wagner. We offer 24/7 emergency service, so we can dispatch an experienced and skilled technician to your home to deal with the problem and apply a long-term, long-lasting fix—or otherwise advise you on your options.

Wagner Mechanical is New Mexico’s favorite AC repair company

Since 1928, Wagner Mechanical has provided the residents of Albuquerque and Santa Fe with heating and cooling repair, maintenance, and installation services. If you have an AC repair that requires the assistance of a professional, give us a call at (505) 884-2822 or schedule your service with us today!

Spring is the time for an AC checkup

We’re still a few months away from the hottest time of the year, which means that this is perfect timing to get your air conditioning system inspected—before it sees major use in your home. As this post will detail, an AC checkup from Albuquerque’s own Wagner Mechanical can help save you money on your energy bills, reduce the likelihood of needing a major repair, and even prolong the life of your system.

Why should I get my AC system looked at?

  1. Effective maintenance can help lower your utility bills: If your system isn’t performing up to par, it may be working harder than ever to give you less cooling than ever. Not only does that mean that you’re in for a long, hot summer, but you’re probably also paying higher-than-average bills. Not worth it.
  2. Lowers risks associated with a breakdown: Trust us. There’s nothing worse than having your AC system decide to stop working on the hottest day of the New Mexican summer. Scheduling routine maintenance with Wagner can help make sure your unit is ready for whatever the weather can throw at it.
  3. It could extend your system’s lifespan: No matter how well-designed or maintained a system is, it will eventually succumb to the pressures of time and use. However, proper and regular maintenance can make the difference between your AC unit living ten years—or twenty.
  4. You might need to, to keep your warranty: Many manufacturers offer generous, industry-leading warranties on their systems. However, there’s a catch: a failure to have your AC unit regularly looked at by industry-trained professionals could lead to a voiding of the warranty. If you want to keep this guarantee—and you should—check your paperwork, and then call Wagner.

AC tune-up Albuquerque New MexicoHow can I get a good deal on regular maintenance?

If you like peace of mind and hate having to remember to schedule things, consider Wagner’s Service Partner Plan program. With this program, you can sign up for annual or biannual checkups of your furnace and air conditioning system. There’s also some other great perks to the program, including:

  • Priority Service: If you ever need service, you’re automatically at the top of the waiting list at Wagner. We value your customer loyalty, and we’re going to treat you right.
  • Discount on Repairs and Service: For our club members, we slash our already competitive rates even more.

Why go with Wagner for my AC checkup?

  • You want proven quality: Based on reviews from customers just like you, Wagner Mechanical is Albuquerque’s most trusted heating and cooling company. We’ve been in business for more than 85 years, helping generations of New Mexicans with their HVAC repair, maintenance, and install needs.
  • You want versatility: After 85 years in the business, we’ve seen just about everything when it comes to heating and cooling systems. That’s more than just a cute turn-of-phrase: our industry-certified technicians are capable of repairing any make or model, and undergo regular training to keep them as some of the best in the business.
  • You want a company that stands by their work: We offer a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. In other words, the job isn’t done until your air conditioning system is performing right.

If you’re ready to experience the difference that 88 years in the business makes, give Wagner Mechanical a call at (505) 395-2714. We serve Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and surrounding areas.