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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.

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.

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#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!

Here’s what demand-type waters are, and how they work

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your water heater as part of your spring cleaning, you should really consider a demand-type water heater. Also known as “tankless” water heaters, these systems have a lot of advantages.

In this blog, we’ll review just some of the reasons you should make the switch to tankless. If you have any questions, or you’re interested in getting quotes for installation, contact the Wagner team.

What are “demand-type water heaters”?

Tankless water heaters, also commonly known as demand-type water heaters, function similarly to regular (or “standard”) water heaters. They heat water for you to use throughout your home, from your sink to your shower and your washing machine to your dishwasher.

Here’s the difference: while standard water heaters heat water ahead of time and store it in a tank, tankless water heaters don’t store water at all (hence, the name). Instead, by running water past burners, they rapidly heat water as it’s needed (which explains the “demand-type” name).

What are the advantages of this type of system?

First, since tankless systems provide you with hot water as its needed, they can constantly “refresh” the supply of hot water as its used at the faucet. The result? You have hot water that effectively can’t run out.

Any homeowner with a family understands just how much this matters. When everyone’s getting ready in the morning, standard water heaters can run out, leaving someone with a disappointing, cold shower.

In addition, tankless water heaters are more energy-efficient than standard systems. Overall, in a home that uses 41 gallons or less of hot water, these water heaters can save 24-34% more efficient. Add that up over the course of a year, and you’re effectively saving quite a bit!

A final difference: many tankless systems can be wall-mounted. This frees up the “footprint” taken up by a large water heater tank, which an be an obstacle in garages or utility closets.

Why should I upgrade to a tankless water heater?

Something we didn’t mention above: while standard water heaters only last about a decade (sometimes, more), tankless water heaters can last two decades or longer.

If you’re at the point where you need to replace your old water heater, consider upgrading to a tankless system for these benefits:

  • Energy savings for decades to come
  • Increased home value of having a tankless water heater
  • Unlimited hot water
  • No risk of a water heater tank burst

Call Wagner to learn more about demand-type water heaters

If you’re a homeowner in Albuquerque and you’re looking to upgrade your water heater this spring, give Wagner a call. Our expert plumbers are demand-type water heater installation pros!

To get started, contact Wagner. And be sure to check out our current coupons and specials.

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.

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.

Here’s How To Detect Air Leaks Inside Your Home

How to Detect Air Leaks Inside the House?In this blog post, we’ll review some easy ways to detect air leaks in your home that could be costing you money on your energy bills and negatively affecting your home’s comfort. Contact Wagner for more advice and service.

Why is sealing air leaks so important?

Air leaks inside a home account for around 10 to 30 percent of energy costs. The leaks often come from the cracks and openings inside the windows and doors. Air can also leak through the floor boards and electrical outlets.

The air leaks inside the house can make the HVAC system to work harder when cooling and heating the room, resulting in increased bills and reduced life of the system.

Detecting and solving air leaks inside the house is important as it can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. The cost and effort involved in sealing the house will be worth it in the end. You will have to face fewer major repairs and reduced energy bills resulting in great cost savings in the long run.

Here are some tips that can help you in detecting air leaks inside the house.

1. The hand test

You can use your hand to detect leaks inside the house. The hand test can help in discovering large drafts coming from the holes around the doors or windows. To find out the air leak, you should place the hands across the edges of windows, doors, air vents and fans in every room of the house. If you feel air on your hand, then it indicates you have an air leak.

2. The candle test

Another way to detect leaks inside the house is through a candle test. Turn off the air condition or heater and place a lighted candle near areas of potential leaks such as near light fixtures, electrical outlets, crown moldings, baseboards, and phone jacks. If the light flickers slightly when you place the candle near the area of potential leak, there might be an air leak.

3. Depressurize the house

This test can be performed when the day is cold and windy. Shut down the furnace and close all the doors and windows. Now, turn on all the fans in the house. Next, you should walk around the house with a lighted incense stick. You should pass the incense over the door, vents, windows, and other areas of potential leaks. If you see smoke blow into the house or sucked out of the house, you may have a leak.

4. Use ultrasonic air detector

Ultrasonic air detectors can also help you detect the air leaks inside the house. The leak detector can allow you to detect leaks using ultrasound. Just turn the device on and point at potential areas of leak. The device will scan the area that you are pointing and signal whether there is a leak. What’s best about the air leak detector is that it will be able to indicate whether the leaking air is cold or warm.

A qualified technician can perform an energy audit to detect air leaks inside the house. Sealing the air leaks will ensure optimal operation of your heating and cooling device.

Call Wagner to detect air leaks in your home

Apart from sealing the air leaks, you should also keep the HVAC system tuned regularly for optimum performance. If you want to connect with professional technicians for your furnace or air conditioner tune up, you can contact Wagner Mechanical.

3 signs that you should replace your furnace

Is your furnace more than a decade old? Even if you don’t have to rush out and replace your furnace tomorrow, now might be time to start thinking about an eventual upgrade. However, it might be a good idea to replace your furnace before that final breakdown. Here are three signs that you should replace your furnace before it finally breaks.

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Has your furnace been struggling to keep up with your heating demands? It might be time to upgrade.

#1. Poor energy efficiency

If you’ve noticed a spike in your monthly winter energy bills without a significant increase in how much heat you’re using in your home, it could be a sign that your furnace is becoming less energy efficient with age. As a general rule, most furnaces begin to lose their efficiency as they pass a decade in age, and are inefficient by the 15-year mark. Naturally, an annual furnace tune-up from the pros at Wagner can help you get the most out of your system, but even our expertise can’t turn back the clock completely.

Here’s another thing to consider: today’s furnaces are far more energy efficient than their predecessors, meaning that upgrading to a new furnace could save you a decent chunk of money monthly this winter. If your furnace has begun the downward spiral in energy efficiency, consider calling Wagner and requesting your free in-home furnace estimate. Also, weigh the costs of a new furnace against what you might pay extra in energy.

#2. Poor heating performance

After all, the entire reason you own a furnace is to have a comfortable home during the winter. If your aging furnace isn’t getting the job done, it might be time to trade it out for a furnace that will.

Older furnaces can struggle to heat your home. The continued wear of heating your home for a decade or more worth of winters can result in your furnace working harder to create even less heating than it did when it was new. If you’re experiencing hot and cold spots in your home, it could be a sign that your furnace is struggling to maintain the temperature throughout your entire home. Another symptom of an underperforming furnace is that it’s constantly running, but the temperature in your home only goes up very slowly.

Needless to say, a new furnace will perform better than an aging one: not only is it fresh out of the box, but it also is able to take advantage of years of HVAC innovation in the areas of energy efficiency, performance, and noise reduction.

#3. Continual repair needs

Do you feel like your older furnace is becoming a bottomless money pit, and that you’ve constantly been pouring money into repairs? If so, you should consider the costs of all those repairs. After all, constant furnace repairs can really start to add up. Even if those costs don’t exceed the cost of a new furnace, it’s money that you wouldn’t have to have spent with the new system that you eventually would need to upgrade to, anyway.

At some point, you’ll need to decide between furnace repair and replacement. Of course, nothing beats a professional coming to your house to give you advice about your specific situation. Give us a call to schedule a furnace inspection.

Wagner Mechanical can replace your furnace

At Wagner, we’re furnace installation experts. Our NATE-certified technicians are true professionals with years of experience installing advanced heating systems in hundreds of homes right here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. We offer free in-home estimates on new HVAC systems, and we back all of our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If you’ve decided to replace your furnace, give us a call at (505) 884-2822 or contact us.