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On vs Auto: Which is the better thermostat setting?

Thermostats have a wide range of features and controls that most homeowners never end up looking into or using. This goes double for smart thermostats. By adjusting your thermostat settings to better fit your home’s comfort needs, you can save money every single year. In this article, we’ll review the on versus auto settings, and discuss how smart thermostats have changed the ballgame when it comes to automating your indoor comfort.

Need thermostat services here in Albuquerque? You’re in the right place. Wagner offers thermostat repair and installation services. Contact us today to schedule service.

Setting your thermostat for optimal comfort and energy savings

Here’s what you need to know about the on and auto thermostat settings and how they impact your home’s comfort year-round.

What is 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.

What is 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.

With a programmable thermostat, you can automate your thermostat setting for optimal comfort and efficiency.

With a programmable thermostat, you can automate your thermostat setting for optimal comfort and efficiency.

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’.

What about smart thermostats?

Also known as “programmable thermostats,” smart thermostats are the 21st century answer to the traditional “dial” thermostats most homes used to feature. Smart thermostats come in a variety of sizes, shapes, makes, and models, but—regardless of which one you buy—they all have one feature in common: automated temperature settings. With this thermostat, you can program the temperature of your home ahead of time on your smartphone, and then the thermostat will automatically adjust the cooling or heating system when you’re away, at home, or sleeping.

This helps homeowners save money because it removes the human element—that is to say, you personally having to turn the dial before leaving for work—from the equation. All-in-all, upgrading to a smart thermostat can cut your cooling and heating costs by up to 10% annually. This makes it one of the best ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Other tips include:

Have thermostat questions? Call us!

If you want more information about thermostats, as well as installation tips from certified and professional technicians in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, contact us at Wagner.

Why you should hire a professional for drain cleaning and clearing clogs

Clogged drains and toilets are a regular part of life in your home. Before you reach for that drain cleaner, however, you should know that there are benefits to bringing in an expert to clear your sink, shower, or toilet clog. When you hire a professional for drain cleaning, you’re getting access to their expertise, drain-safe tools, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your drain was cleaned successfully.

Hire a professional for drain cleaning here in Albuquerque.

Have a clog? Have a professional plumber out to inspect the issue and clear the blockage.

For fast and reliable drain cleaning services here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, call our team at Wagner. We’re your local drain cleaning specialists. Be sure to check out our specials for ways to save money on our clog clearing services.

Why hire a professional for drain cleaning?

Drain cleaning and clog clearing is a job best left to a professional. Here are five reasons why you should hire a professional for drain cleaning projects in your home:

#1. Home remedies can’t clear the toughest clogs

Some people may swear by them, but most home remedies to clear clogs just don’t work. Many clogs are tougher than they initially appear. Here are some common home drain cleaning tactics and their shortcomings:

Hot water and dish soap

The problem here is that PVC pipes are often not built to handle boiling water. In fact, PVC and the glue at the joints near the sink trap can be damaged by temperatures above 140 degrees. This means that you effectively need to heat water—but not too much—and then hope that it retains enough heat by the time it reaches the clog to re-liquefy trapped grease. It’s a long shot, and this remedy also assumes that grease is the problem.

Coat hanger

Many people use a wire coat hanger to reach into the shower drain and pull out trapped hair. Two issues: first, the coat hanger wire may not be long enough to reach the clog. Second, this may clear some of the hair, but is unlikely to remove all of it. You’ll be right back at square one soon.

Baking soda and vinegar

Again, this home remedy calls for boiling water to be poured down first, which is not recommended for homes with PVC piping. The combination of baking soda and vinegar may clear a mild, weak clog, but it’s unlikely to really impact a deeper, stronger one.

#2. Plumbers have the right tools to get the job done

Outside of a small plunger and a wrench, most homeowners do not have access to the wide assortment of clog-clearing tools that a professional plumber does. Here are some of the tools of our trade and how they help clear a wide variety of drain and pipe blockages:

Plungers

Every American homeowner has a toilet plunger in their home. Professional plumbers often carry several, with different-sized and -shaped plungers playing different roles in drain cleaning projects. The typical plunger, for instance, is highly effective on sinks and drains, but toilets often require a ball plunger that creates better pressure.

A Wagner plumber feeds an auger line into a sewer line.

Sink Auger

Commonly known as a “drum auger,” this is a specialized tool plumbers use to clear sink and shower drain clogs. The auger contains a steel cord. The plumber positions the cord inside of the drain and then turns the auger’s handle to extend it out. As the cord snakes into the drain and around bends, it pushes into and through clogs, clearing them.

Snake Tools

Our plumbers carry a wide range of different snake tools for clearing clogs. The type of clog often dictates the type of snake tool that gets used for a particular job. For example, snake tools with barbs and hooks are better at clearing out shower drains because they can catch amassed hair for the plumber to then pull out of the pipe.

Endoscopic “Snake” Camera

We’ll review more about this in a minute, but this is essentially a specialized snake tool that features a tiny digital camera with a light at the end. Plumbers use this to see into the pipes, typically by feeding the snake into the drain and then watching its travel with the homeowner on a small screen.

Water Jets

While not needed on every job, high-pressure water jets can be used to blast through deep, stubborn clogs. This is preferable to using chemical solutions since the water jet does not harm the pipes or plumbing. Our plumbers will often use water jets to clear significant sewer line blockages.

#3. Store-bought chemicals don’t always work

Take a trip to your local hardware store, and you’ll find a wide variety of drain cleaners available. Many homeowners decide to use these chemicals instead of bringing in a professional plumber, but there are drawbacks:

  • Ineffectiveness: Many of these drain cleaning chemicals are not powerful enough to clear a stubborn clog deep in your pipes. Even when they break through the clog, they rarely clear it out completely, which sets the stage for future clogs in the very near future.
  • Pipe Damage: Avoid drain cleaning products that contain hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid. These strong acids may work against the clog, but they can also damage your pipes, sink, garbage disposal, and everything else they touch. According to The New York Times, even the drain cleaning products that say they won’t damage pipes will do some damage to them.
  • Storage: For good reason, many homeowners are understandably nervous about keeping drain cleaning products around their homes. These products are dangerous, especially if accidentally consumed by children or pets. If you do have drain cleaning products, keep them elevated and out of the way in a cool, dark place.
  • Safety: If you are going to use these chemical drain cleaners, you need to clear the area around the drain. Wear protective eyewear and plastic gloves—preferably ones that cover your wrists. Make sure you properly dispose of the plastic bottle in a way consistent with hazardous waste disposal in your area.

For these reasons, our professionals only use chemicals as a last resort to clear a clog. In a vast majority of cases, we can clear the clog with a plunger, our snake tools, or other non-chemical methods.

#4. You don’t know what’s down there

Every clog is different. Many shower clogs, for instance, are caused by the buildup of hair deep within the drain, whereas kitchen sink clogs can be caused by stuck food waste or solidified grease. What the clog is made of often determines how it should be handled. For example, our plumbers may use a plunger to attempt to clear a toilet or sink clog, but that is far less effective on shower drain clogs, where a specialized snake tool should be used to snag, and then remove, the trapped hair.

In other cases, you may know what’s down your drain—and want it back. Jewelry, such as earrings and wedding bands, often is accidentally flushed or sent down the drain. You’ll want the assistance of a professional plumber for this: our team has specialized drain endoscopes—basically, cameras attached to a snake tool—that allow us to look down into the drain and find lost items. We can then use other snake tools to retrieve the item without damaging it or pushing it further into the pipe.

#5. Clogged drains could indicate other problems

A clogged sink, shower, or toilet drain might be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Your home could be experiencing the start of a sewer line clog. Some of the warning signs of a blocked sewer line include:

  • All the drains in your home have clogged simultaneously.
  • The physically lowest drains in the home—typically, the bathtub or shower drain—are backing up.

At this point, you need to stop running the water, turn off the water supply to your home, and call our team for 24/7 emergency service. A sewer line blockage is a serious issue for any home and could lead to a sewer backup.

Clearing just one pipe will not do anything to remove the clog. Sewer line clogs are much deeper in the system. In fact, it’s often the process of attempting to clear the clog—which may include adding more water, continuing to flush the toilet, or adding liquid drain cleaner—that exacerbates the problem.

At Wagner, we’re your locally trusted plumbing team

Since 1928, Wagner has been Albuquerque’s trusted name in plumbing services. When you need to hire a professional for drain cleaning in your home, call us. We offer 24/7 emergency service, and one of our experienced and friendly plumbers can quickly be at your home to clear the clog and get your kitchen or bathroom back to normal.

What is the ideal location in your home for a gas furnace?

As homeowners here in Albuquerque know all too well, winter nights here in northern New Mexico can be downright frosty. This is why many homes here rely on a gas or electric furnace for their winter comfort. These furnaces are typically located in a basement, attic, garage, or utility closet. We often get questions from our customers about whether or not the furnace location matters and what places in the home a furnace can be installed. In this article, we’ll review that topic in greater depth and discuss the ideal location in your home for a gas or electric furnace.

Every home is different. If your Albuquerque or Santa Fe home needs a new furnace this winter, you should give us a call. At Wagner, we offer free in-home estimates on energy-efficient and reliable heating systems. We can match your home to the right furnace and identify the best place in your home to install it.

The ideal furnace location in a home is an semi-enclosed space with enough air supply for the unit.What is the best place for a furnace?

How do furnaces work?

First, let’s review how forced-air heating systems work. The process starts when the furnace pulls room temperature air in the home into the system. Using natural gas, the furnace transfers heat energy to the air through the heat exchanger.

In an electric furnace, the air is pushed past heating elements, but the principle is the same. The blower fan unit then pushes this heated air through the air ducts of your home. The heated air comes out of vents and registers in the rooms of your home, raising the temperature. During this process, the furnace releases ignition byproducts through a vent to the outside air.

What are the factors to consider when choosing a location for the furnace?

Based on this description, there are already some basic needs that need to be accounted for when installing a furnace:

  • Air Intake: The furnace needs to be placed where there is fresh air circulation available.
  • Energy Intake: The furnace needs to be located somewhere in your home where there is either a natural gas line connection or sufficient electrical connection.
  • Venting: The furnace needs to be installed where there is either a pre-existing furnace vent or the capacity to install one in the ceiling.
  • Adequate Space: For obvious reasons, the furnace needs to physically fit into the footprint of that space. However, it’s also important that the furnace has adequate space around it for a technician to address repair and maintenance needs.

Where are furnaces commonly installed?

This unique set of needs means that, in most homes, the architect or build already designated a space for a furnace. The most common places where furnaces are placed include:

  • Basements: In homes that have them, basements are the perfect place for a furnace. The system is kept out of the way but also has adequate space and airflow. The only provision here is that the furnace should be elevated off the ground to protect it against potential basement flooding.
  • Garages: Many furnaces are placed in garages. In many new builds, the garage is designed with a special “alcove” that holds the furnace without sacrificing space for parking vehicles.
  • Utility Rooms: Some homes—especially those without basements or garages—have a specialized room in the center of the house that holds the furnace and water heater.
  • Larger laundry rooms: For reasons we will review below, furnaces and other major appliances cannot coexist in too limited of a space. However, in homes with a larger laundry room, the furnace may be placed there.
  • Attics: In homes with limited space, the furnace can be installed in the attic.

However, not every home has a pre-existing designated space for a system. Older or historic homes, for instance, often featured much smaller heating systems than the modern ones we install today. As a result, their designated space for a furnace is often no longer a good fit, which means that an HVAC professional will need to vet out a different space in the home.

Other furnace location considerations

Furnaces generate heat—and lots of it. So do water heaters, washers, and dryers. Too much heat in one confined space can lead to problems. As tempting as it might be to put all these appliances into one laundry closet (provided there’s enough physical room), you could run into overheating problems down the road.

As a general rule of thumb, every cubit foot of natural gas burned by a gas furnace requires 15 cubic feet of air for intake and 15 cubic feet of air for the dilution of gas byproducts. Most gas furnaces are capable of generating at least 140,000 BTU per-hour. Since one cubic foot of gas is equal to 1,000 BTUs, this means that it uses 140 cubic feet of gas per-hour at its highest speed or 2.3 feet of gas per minute. This means this system needs about 70 cubic feet of air every minute.

If the furnace has to compete against a clothes dryer that also needs fresh air, there may not be enough air intake in a small closet for both systems to use. For the gas furnace, this can result in two outcomes:

  • First, the furnace will not be able to complete the combustion process as intended, which can lead to the buildup of dangerous carbon monoxide gas.
  • Second, the inadequate air supply could lead to backdraft gases being sent into the home.

Conclusions

To prevent either of these things from happening, a furnace installation professional needs to:

  1. Take measurements of the home to find the right-sized gas or electric furnace.
  2. Using that furnace’s air supply needs, ensure that the planned space for the furnace has an adequate air supply.
  3. Calculate that needed air supply against the air supply needs of other appliances and vents.

Have your furnace installed by professionals

There is a direct correlation between the quality of furnace installation and the efficiency and safety of the system. An experienced, factory-trained contractor is the best person to install a new gas or electric furnace the right way, and will also be able to advise you on what spaces of your home have adequate ventilation, physical footprint, and gas / electrical connections for the furnace unit.

In Albuquerque and Santa Fe, Wagner is your locally trusted team for furnace installation. Our experienced technicians are gas and electric furnace installation professionals. We’re proud to bring the very best service and products to your home.

To get a free in-home estimate on a new gas or electric furnace, contact our team today.

Our favorite tips for cleaning your in-sink garbage disposal

Your in-sink garbage disposal handles a pretty dirty job, and it might not always get the kind of cleaning it really needs. It can be easy to forget about this invaluable little appliance that lives under your sink, but when those musty odors start creeping up into the kitchen, you know it’s time for action.

When you need plumbing or drain cleaning services here in Albuquerque, call Wagner. We offer emergency services from trusted, local plumbers.

Our favorite in-sink garbage disposal cleaning tips

Try out these three handy tips to keep a clean garbage disposal and keep your home smelling fresh every day.

Pictured: Kitchen with an in-sink garbage disposal unit.Start with the basics

All you need to give your disposal a good once-over is probably sitting on your sink at this very moment.

Simply apply a healthy amount of dish soap to a handled scrubbing brush and get to work on all the parts you can reach, removing debris and food remnants that water can’t get on its own.

For convenience, consider keeping a specific brush for garbage disposal cleaning, separate from your regular dish scrubber.

Apply some cabinet chemistry

A simple mixture of vinegar and baking soda makes for a potent alternative to harsh household cleansers, and disposal cleaning is a great way to put it to use. To get started, try pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed slowly by a 1/2 cup of vinegar (cleaning vinegar works well, too). Allow the mixture to do its work for about an hour, then rinse thoroughly with cold running water.

Keep it citrus fresh

Looking to clear the air after you’re done applying all that elbow grease? Many household cleaners these days utilize citrus extract for its natural deodorizing capability, and you can derive this same benefit from the actual fruits.

Simply slice up an orange, lemon, lime, or even a grapefruit, drop the pieces down your sink drain (a few at a time to avoid overloading), then activate the disposal for an instant hit of citrusy freshness.

Call Wagner for professional in-sink garbage disposal cleaning

When you run into those pesky drain issues that can’t be solved by cleaning alone, call on Wagner for a fast and professional response.

We’re trusted experts when it comes to resolving plumbing problems, and there’s no drain too stubborn for us to unclog. Contact us today and let us get your garbage disposal running right again.

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 some ways you can protect your home plumbing

In the course of your day-to-day life, don’t forget to carve out a few minutes here and there to protect your home plumbing. In this blog, we’ll review 5 ways that homeowners here in Albuquerque can protect their pipes, appliances, fixtures, and more from damage.

For emergency plumbing repair services here in Albuquerque, contact the pros at Wagner!

5 ways to protect your home plumbing:

#1. Watch what you put down the drain

Before pouring grease or coffee grounds down the drain, even if you plan on running the garbage disposal, think twice.

Some liquids and solids can easily clog up your drains or cause issues later on down the line if they aren’t flushed out from your pipes.

Pictured: By watching what you put down the garbage disposal, you can protect your home plumbing for years to come.#2. Invest in a water softener

Depending on where you live, your area might have hard water that contains an abundance of minerals that can not only deteriorate your pipes over time, but cause skin problems when you shower and bathe and leave water spots on your dishes.

A water softener can solve these issues and protect your home plumbing from scaling inside of pipes.

#3. Don’t use chemical drain-cleaning products

If you ever have a clog in your drain, you’ll probably first reach for a drain-cleaning product. While such liquids can certainly eat away the clog, they issue is that some of them can go on to eat away at your pipes as well. This can be especially problematic if you have several clogs over the years.

As an alternative to drain cleaners, call Wagner to schedule our drain cleaning service. Our expert plumbers use tools quickly and effectively clear clogs.

#4. Know how to use your garbage disposal

Instead of just tossing items into the garbage disposal and flicking the switch, take a moment to do things the right way. Specifically, you’ll want to let hot water run down the drain before putting anything down the disposal, and you’ll want to let the water continue to flow for a few seconds while the disposal is running.

You’ll also want to avoid using your garbage disposal as a substitute for a trash can. Throw larger items into the trash instead of putting them down the sink, and you’ll help protect your home plumbing for years to come!

#5. Use screens

Another key component of protecting your pipes is investing in drain screens in your bathroom and kitchen. Screens are designed to catch anything that shouldn’t go down your drain, such as hair and food particles.

For more help and advice on how to protect your home plumbing, call us!

When disaster does strike in your home’s plumbing system, or you’d like more tips, help is never far away. Contact Wagner for professional, dependable service here in Albuquerque.

Here are the five major benefits of scheduling an AC checkup

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

To book your checkup, contact us today!

The 5 benefits of scheduling an AC checkup:

#1. Get the most out of your air conditioner

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

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

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

#3. Improved interior air quality

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

#4. Control your humidity

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

#5. Save money now and in the long run

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

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

Learn more about the benefits of scheduling an AC checkup

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

Tips for diagnosing swamp cooler problems this summer

To keep your cooling and energy costs as low as possible during the warmer months of the year, you might have invested in a swamp cooler. Swamp coolers are a great way to stay cool! However, homeowners can encounter swamp cooler problems from time-to-time. Here’s a guide on diagnosing any issues you might have with them. Contact us for service!

Your swamp cooler won’t start

If you suddenly discover that your cooler won’t start, start by checking the breaker or fuse to see if that might be the problem. Replacing the fuse or resetting the breaker might help take care of the issue, but the cooler’s wiring might be the problem if that doesn’t help.

Remember: you should never work with electrical systems directly. Instead, you should call the professional electricians at Wagner for help.

It’s not producing enough cold air

Maybe it’s that you’re getting plenty of airflow from your cooler, but for some reason, it doesn’t seem to be cooling you down. It might be that there’s a clog triggering your evaporative cooler problems. Are the cooling pads dry? If so, wet them a bit before using your cooler again to see if that helps take care of the issue.

Water is pooling under the system

Should you ever discover a small pool underneath your swamp cooler, it might be that you didn’t store it correctly during the cooler months of the year. Swamp cooler shutdown is an important task that, if done wrong, can lead to further swamp cooler problems.

For example, failing to drain the cooler before storing it or not clearing it out thoroughly can result in such a leak. Additionally, the cooling pads should be removed and the system should be covered throughout the winter season.

Odd odors are coming from the system

A swamp cooler shouldn’t smell like its namesake. Water or mildew on the pads might be the culprit behind the smell. Again, it’s important to properly maintain and care for the unit so it’s always fresh and clean. This is one of the many reasons we recommend scheduling a swamp cooler startup at the start of every season.

The system has poor airflow

It could be that your cooler cools, but that it doesn’t churn out enough air to make the room comfortable. The unit might not have the exhaust it needs to do its job properly, but if your model doesn’t use exhaust ducts, try opening doors and windows to see if that boosts the airflow.

Call Wagner for help diagnosing swamp cooler problems

For professional HVAC help with your swamp cooler problems, contact us here at Wagner.

Here are four signs it’s time for a replacement water heater

You and your family rely on a functioning water heater for, well, just about everything: laundry, showers, and dishes. However, how do you know it’s time for a new water heater? If your water heater is getting up there in age, keep an eye out for these four signs that it’s time for a replacement water heater.

#1. Your anode rod is spent

Standard water heaters contain a key element called the “anode rod.” This is a metal rod designed to attract all the rust and corrosion in the water heater tank. It “sacrifices” itself to prevent rust and corrosion from attacking the tank walls.

However, at a certain age, your anode rod is most likely spent. This means that it’s completely corroded, and unable to take more of the rust burden away from the tank itself. It’s that point at which it might be a good idea to replace your water heater.

(You should also note that the hard water here in Albuquerque can mean that your water heater will probably go through the sacrificial anode rod all that much faster!)

It’s also possible, at a certain point, to have the professional plumbers at Wagner replace your anode rod. To learn more about whether or not this is an option for your unit, contact us!

#2. Your water heater tank is showing its age

After years and years of being subjected to extreme temperatures, water, and corrosion, you may notice that your water heater tank is beginning to show its age. Inspect the outside of the unit: if there are even tiny, hairline fractures, it’s time to replace the unit.

After all, these tiny cracks can eventually lead to a tank burst and a flooded home. That’s certainly a scenario you’ll want to avoid.

#3. Your water heater isn’t heating water like it used to

After time, the heating element in your water heater—the device that quite literally makes the system work—can experience problems. This can be related to the buildup of sediment or corrosion at the bottom of your water heater tank. Either way, the results are the same:

  • Reduced available hot water supply
  • Reduced overall heat in the water

If you’ve been experiencing either of these symptoms of an old water heater, it’s time to call Wagner and talk to our team about a replacement water heater.

For a replacement water heater, call Wagner

Wagner is Albuquerque’s professional plumbing company. From water heater replacement and repair to our award-winning HVAC and electrical services, our team is here for you and your home.

To schedule service, contact us online, or give us a call at (505) 884-2822.