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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.

It’s swamp cooler startup season, so call Wagner!

Here in Albuquerque, the cold weather might not be completely gone, but it certainly has one foot out the door. Spring is almost here and, after that, summer will arrive. In other words, it’s swamp cooler startup season.

To schedule your swamp cooler startup with Wagner Mechanical, contact Wagner, or call us at (505) 884-2822.

Why get a swamp cooler startup?

There are many reasons you should get a swamp cooler startup this spring. Here are the three main ones:

Your system needs to be taken out of its winter state

If your evaporative cooler was properly shut down in the fall, it’s been preserved for the winter. Starting it back up for the summer again requires professional dewinterization, including cleaning, checking moving parts, and removing any old moisture or corroded water from the system.

Extend your system’s lifespan

A swamp cooler is properly maintained and cleaned each spring will live a longer life. Swamp cooler startup season is the perfect time to have Wagner look at your system before Albuquerque’s hottest days of the year.

That’s because Wagner’s techs can catch small issues that, left unchecked, would grow into big problems. Those big problems could cause damage to your evaporative cooler.

Prevent summer cooling interruptions

Professional swamp cooler startup can not only extend the long-term life of your system, but also help keep your swamp cooler from breaking down in the middle of summer.

Why is spring the best time for this?

Now that we’re exiting winter and entering spring, you’ll want to start to think about getting your home ready for summer. Along with other home maintenance tasks, don’t forget to have Wagner look at your swamp cooler.

If you wait until summer to get your swamp cooler dewinterized, you may find yourself facing some warm nights without it. It’s better to just have Wagner get it ready now.

Call Wagner for swamp cooler services this spring!

Wagner offers swamp cooler startup and shutdown services, right here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. No matter what kind of evaporative cooler you have, our experienced, friendly techs can get it ready for the summer ahead.

To schedule your service this swamp cooler startup season, contact us online or call us at (505) 884-2822.

Here are 4 signs your evaporative cooler needs repairs

An evaporative cooler — also known as a “swamp cooler” — is an alternative to a traditional air conditioner system. They are highly energy-efficient and are particularly suitable for dry climates like that here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This cooling device works by evaporating water as opposed to using refrigerant to cool the air.

Evaporative Cooler Repair

Apart from being more energy-efficient, evaporative coolers also humidify the air. In this article, we will take a look at some of the problems that are related to repair and maintenance of your cooler.

1. The unit does not start

You should start by examining the fuse of the evaporative cooler. Most often, the unit does not start because of a blown fuse. If the fuse is blown, you may need to call Wagner to get it replaced.

In some cases, the breaker can also trip, causing the system to fail to start. Inspecting the wiring for signs of damage can resolve the problem. You should have one of the professional technicians from Wagner do this for you.

2. There’s a strange odor coming from the unit

A strange odor coming from the unit can be caused by stagnant water or mildew. For obvious reasons, this is not a problem you want to ignore or procrastinate on.

You should consider calling one of the technicians from Wagner to diagnose the cause of the problem. Our technicians will decide what kind of cleaning the evaporative cooler needs, and if the water needs to be changed out.

3. The air flow isn’t what it should be

Improper air flow is mainly caused by a blockage in the exhaust ducts. Call a technician to correct the problem. In case the evaporative cooler does not have an exhaust, you should make sure that there is a proper opening for the unit. Wagner’s team can help you with this.

Most evaporative cooler manufacturers require that there should be an opening of about two square foot for every 1,000 cubic feet per minute (CFM) supplied by the unit.

4. The evaporative cooler is leaking water

Water dripping from the cooler is another sign that the unit needs repairs. The water may be dripping due to many reasons. Most often, it is due to improper storage of the cooling unit during the winter. Make sure that you store the unit properly. Before winterizing the evaporator cooler, you should drain the unit, remove the pads, and clean the tank. Also, the unit should be kept in a well-covered area.

Wagner offers professional swamp cooler shutdown and swamp cooler startup services in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Call Wagner for your swamp cooler repair needs

If your evaporative cooler shows any of the signs mentioned above, you should consider calling a professional and licensed technician from Wagner to inspect your unit.

Also, it’s recommended that you get your swamp cooler checked on a regular basis. During a routine inspection, the technician will make a thorough inspection to ensure everything is in good condition. Regular maintenance will ensure optimal cooling efficiency. It will also reduce the likelihood of costly repairs.

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.

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.

Mitsubishi Ductless System

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.

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!