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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.

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 checkup, 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!

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.

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.

Benefits of new AC installation

It’s summer. Temperatures are rising, and—unfortunately—many air conditioning systems in the Albuquerque area are failing under the strain. If your system has seen its fair share of summers since you purchased it, it might not be a bad idea to start thinking about a new system now. After all, depending on the age of your air conditioner, the need for new AC installation could be right around the corner.

New, old: what’s the difference?

AC installation New MexicoLet’s say that your air conditioner is old enough to be in high school. When you purchased it more than a decade ago, your system may have been at the cutting edge of cooling technology. You may think that it’s still doing that. However, think about how much smartphones and computers have changed in that same period of time. Much in the same way, your air conditioner has been passed by modern versions.

Today’s air conditioners are more efficient, quiet, and reliable than their mid-’00s predecessors. As a Daikin Comfort Pro dealer, Wagner Mechanical sells and installs advanced systems that have some of the best features and specs on the market today. Known for their ability to push boundaries, Daikin is one of the world’s foremost air conditioning manufacturers because they continue to innovate and create systems that change the HVAC world.

When you invest in a new AC system, you’re benefitting from those years of technical development.

Long-term savings from AC installation

Thanks in part to those advances in energy efficiency, air conditioners today are far more efficient than those previously built. When you consider the cost of a new AC system, also weigh factors such as:

  • How much you’ll save on your monthly energy bill over the lifetime of the system, compared against how much you’re spending now.
  • How much you’ll save on repairs, since a new system is far, far less likely to have major issues—or they may be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
  • How much your home’s comfort means to you and your family.

These long-term savings and considerations may at least partially offset the cost of a new air conditioning system. If the upfront cost is an issue, consider giving us a call to inquire about financing, which is available for customers with approved credit.

Does your air conditioner make your home comfortable?

Cost is an important factor when you’re deciding whether to keep your current, older air conditioner or upgrade to a new one. However, keep the reason that you have an air conditioner in mind. Does it make you and your family comfortable? Is it slow to start and cool your home, leaving your family room warm at the exact moment you want to spend time in it?

If you enjoy your current air conditioner and it does what it needs to, you may want to stick with it. However, if you feel uncomfortable in your home, that can be the tipping point in favor of an upgrade to a new system. If you’re not sure about this, talk to the experts at Wagner. Our technicians can help you decide what course of action is best for you.

For more than 85 years, Wagner has been helping New Mexico’s families with both summer and winter comfort. Our NATE-certified, experienced technicians are standing by to provide you with great service, whether you need emergency AC repair or AC installation. Give us a call—we’d be happy to help you.

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!