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Fall heating maintenance: Here’s what Wagner looks for during a checkup

When the temperatures drop at night here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, you’ll know that it’s time to schedule fall heating maintenance with the team at Wagner.

We’ve previously written about the importance of furnace maintenance, and how taking proactive steps by scheduling a checkup of the heating system during the fall is a good idea. Not only will a routine checkup result in reduced energy bills, it will also reduce the chances of potential problems during the winter that require costly repairs.

Call Wagner for your fall heating maintenance today!

Our fall heating maintenance includes a thorough checkup

In this blog post, we’ll run through the main items of our fall heating maintenance checklist. Here are just a few of the things that we look at when you call us out to your home for a heating checkup.

1. We examine your gas connections

A lot of homes have gas heaters. Improper gas connections represent a great fire hazard. They can also result in gas leakage that will increase your utility bills. That’s why we thoroughly inspect your furnace’s gas connections during our routine fall heating checkup.

2. We check gas pressure

Gas pressure is another important thing to check during a heating checkup. High gas pressure is a great hazard that will not just damage the furnace but will also result in bursting of the gas pipe. The experienced technicians at Wagner use specialized equipment to check the gas pressure, and take appropriate actions to resolve the issue.

3. Wagner cleans the gas burner

Your gas burner gets dirty over time and needs to be cleaned. Not cleaning the gas burner will result in energy-inefficient operation. It can also cause serious damage to the heater. That’s why it’s essential to call Wagner for a furnace checkup, so that we can clean the gas burner before the system damages itself.

4. We check the fan belt

The inspection of the fan belt by a trusted professional is an important aspect of fall heating maintenance. The fan belt will be inspected to check for signs of fraying and cracks. Also, we examine the tension of the belt by pushing down in the belt’s center. The belt will be tightened, in case it deflates by about an inch.

5. We inspect the air filter

The air filter also needs to be checked during your fall heating maintenance. The filter prevents dirt and dust to enter the system. It becomes clogged over time and must be cleaned or replaced. This is important to ensure efficient operation of the heating system.

Call Wagner to schedule your heating checkup

If you reside in New Mexico, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, or surrounding areas, you should contact us here at Wagner for the inspection and maintenance of your heating system. Reach us at (505) 884-2822 or contact us online.

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 Why Professional Furnace Servicing Matters

Importance of a Furnace Tune-UpProfessional furnace servicing should be your top priority as it will ensure that the heater runs smoothly during cold months.

You should have the heater serviced regularly if you want to avoid the prospect of emergency system breakdown during the middle of the winter months.

If you haven’t serviced your heating system for more than a year, it’s absolutely necessary that you call the professionals at Wagner Mechanical for a furnace tune up.

Here are just some of the benefits of scheduling a furnace tune-up:

1. Lower energy bills

The foremost benefit of regular furnace tune up is that it will keep the energy bills down. The furnace will operate efficiently without drawing extra power when it is serviced regularly. The reduced energy bill will result in great savings over the long run.

2. Fewer emergency repairs

Another great benefit of regular system service is that you will have to face fewer repairs. An experienced technician will be able to detect and resolve problems that may cause major damage to the system.

The regular inspection, lubrication, and cleaning during the annual maintenance will result in smooth operation and require fewer repairs. Seasonal maintenance of the system will ensure optimum heat throughout the winter season without any breakdowns.

3. An improved lifespan

During your professional furnace servicing, the technician will clean the burner assembly, adjust the ignition assembly, examine the heat exchanger, and perform necessary repairs. This will ensure that the system works optimally for longer period of time.

With regular servicing, the furnace can last for up to 20 years, resulting in great cost savings for you in the long run.

4. Improved heating

A regular tune-up of the furnace will also ensure improved heating of the room. The system will perform at optimum levels. You are less likely to face the prospect of cold spots inside the house as the heater will ensure that the heat is optimally distributed throughout the room.

In the end, a regular furnace tune-up will bring you lots of benefits. Your system will operate efficiently without breaking down resulting in reduced energy bills and repair costs. Regular tune up in short will keep your family warm and cozy throughout the frigid cold winter months.

Call Wagner for regular furnace servicing

You must select experienced and certified technicians for annual furnace tune up. Certified technicians can perform the job professionally and competently. For annual furnace maintenance in Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico, you can contact Wagner Mechanical with confidence.

We are proud to be the oldest and most trusted heating and cooling company in New Mexico. We have a team of certified technicians that can offer comprehensive furnace tune up services to you.

Don’t neglect your hot water heater

hot water heaterYou and your family rely on your hot water heater to shower, wash the dishes, and complete your laundry. Without a functioning hot water heater, you’ll soon find that your morning routine has become a mess. Unfortunately, your home’s hot water heater is often out-of-sight, out-of-mind. You don’t mean to neglect it. It’s just that they don’t come equipped with a bright, flashing light that says “pay attention to my maintenance.”

Your friends at Wagner want to remind you that, yes, it is a good idea to keep close tabs on your water heater, especially as it nears the end of its life expectancy. In this post, we’ll share some quick maintenance tips that you can do at home, and explore some situations in which you need to put down the wrench, pick up the phone, and call us for 24/7 emergency service.

Maintaining a hot water heater

First, do you know where your hot water heater is located in your home? In most newer homes, the system is located in the garage, but the location may vary in older homes, or be placed in a basement if you have one. Next, you need to know what kind of water heater you have. Most older heaters are going to be storage tanks, but newer ones may be tankless. This matters: tankless systems are very different than their hot water counterparts, and their maintenance requirements will be different. You’ll also need to figure out if your system uses electricity or gas.

There’s some important safety steps you should consider first. Wear gloves and goggles, and always makes sure the power source is off and that the cold water intake is shut down. Make sure you’re familiar with the location of these switches. The last thing you want is to desperately need to shut the water off in the event of a leak, but not be sure where the switch is.

Here’s a handy, detailed guide from Lowe’s on how to maintain various aspects of your water heater, from flushing the tank to dealing with leaks. If you have any questions about the steps contained in this guide, let Wagner know. We’d be happy to help.

When to call the professionals

If you get stuck at any point in your water heater maintenance, don’t hesitate to call the Wagner Mechanical team. Our plumbers can either talk you through the process or come out to your home to fix the problem. If, at any point, you feel uncomfortable with the maintenance process, stop what you’re doing and call our team.

If you followed the safety steps above, you shouldn’t have any potential for a major leak. However, if you encounter a water heater problem that you can’t solve, call Wagner immediately before it gets worse.

6862680_l (1)Signs that you need a new water heater

Maintenance can only get your water heater so far. As time passes, eventually all water heaters begin to succumb to age. Most standard, tanked water heaters should be replaced soon after their 10th birthday. But, here are two other signs you should replace your water heater:

  • If the water coming out of your faucets is rusty when you turn the faucet to the hot setting. The presence of rust may be an indicator that the interior of the hot water heater has begun to start the rusting process. This can eventually lead to a burst if not treated by a professional immediately.
  • If your hot water heater has begun to leak, even if only slightly. As tanked water heaters age, the continual process of heating and cooling will cause the tank to expand and contract. After doing this for a decade or more, hairline fractures begin to form in the metal tank.
  • If all the connections are dry but you hot water heater is still leaving water on the floor, you’ll want to call the Wagner team to determine what’s gone wrong.

Ready to get started?

Wagner Mechanical is here to guide you through the process of maintaining your water heater. Whether you’re a DIY expert who is ready to jump right in, or you need some help from our team, Wagner has the expertise to help you keep your water heater running right. Give us a call to learn more!

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.