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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.

The 4 signs you need heating repair in Albuquerque this winter

Winter nights here in Albuquerque can get chilly. It’s important to have a working furnace or heat pump in your home. However, problems do happen. In this blog, we’ll review the most prominent signs you need heating repair from the professionals at Wagner.

Need to contact our team? Give us a call at (505) 884-2822 or contact us online.

The 4 signs you need heating repair

Here are four of the most common signs that you need heating repair for your furnace or heat pump:

This winter, look out for the signs you need heating repair.1. Frequent system cycling

This doesn’t refer to your furnace taking a bicycle tour around Albuquerque. “Cycling” is when your furnace or heat pump is constantly turning on-and-off in rapid succession. This not only wastes energy, but can lead to extra wear-and-tear on your system. There are multiple causes for cycling, and it’s important to call in an expert technician to inspect your system.

Furnaces and heat pumps may have cycling issues because they’re too large for your home (this is why professional heating installation is so important!) or because you have thermostat issues that are leading to your furnace getting the wrong temperature reading.

2. Your furnace or heat pump is making strange sounds

We wrote about this last month, and that’s because strange noises are one of the most reliable indicators that you need furnace repair. If you hear something that isn’t right, trust your instincts and call Wagner out for a furnace or heat pump inspection.

Never ignore strange noises, or try to “tough” them out through the rest of the season. Doing so can lead to irreparable damage to your furnace or heat pump, leading to the new need for an entirely new system. Instead, contact the pros at Wagner.

3. You’re experiencing system performance issues

If you have a working furnace or heat pump, it should be able to get your home to the temperature you’ve set on your thermostat. If it struggles to do so, then something is probably wrong. It’s not just a matter of comfort: issues with performance can indicate that your furnace or heating system is on the verge of a full breakdown.

First, see if hot air is coming out of the registers or vents in your home. If it’s not, or your system is blowing cold air, that’s your first indicator that something is wrong. Our technicians can determine if that “something” is the system itself or something off with your ducts.

4. Strange odors or other visual problems with the system

Your furnace or heat pump should not produce a strong, burning smell. Nor should it have a musty or moldy odor. If it is, that indicates that something is wrong, and that you need a professional tech to look at your system.

Every home that has a furnace needs to keep carbon monoxide detectors up-to-date with fresh batteries during the winter. Over time, a furnace’s heat exchanger can develop small cracks that can possibly release carbon monoxide into your home, putting you and your family in danger. If you suspect something is wrong with your heat exchanger, turn everything off and call Wagner.

Never try to remain your own furnace or heat pump

There are many things in your home that are suitable for DIY projects, from building a coffee table to painting your kitchen cabinets. Furnace repair is not one of them. Never attempt to repair your own furnace or heat pump.

Not only could you make the problem worse, you could cause permanent damage to the system and—even worse—possibly put yourself at risk of electrocution or carbon monoxide poisoning. Always call a professional HVAC technician when there are signs you need heating repair.

Your heating professionals in Albuquerque and Santa Fe

When you need fast, reliable heating repair this winter — or when you observe the signs you need heating repair — contact the team at Wagner. We’ve been serving Albuquerque and Santa Fe for decades, and we’re proud of our commitment to our customers.

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!