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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.

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.

It’s time to schedule your evaporative cooler shutdown. Here’s why.

Throughout the hot summer months here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, our swamp coolers—also known as “evaporative coolers”—have kept us cool and comfortable. But, now fall is here and winter is arriving soon. It’s time to schedule your evaporative cooler shutdown.

All swamp coolers require winterization in the fall. It’s part of their design. Failure to prepare your system for colder weather and snow can result in damage—perhaps even fatal—to the system. In this blog, we’ll discuss that and a few more reasons why you should have a professional inspect and shutdown your cooler.

Swamp Cooler ShutdownFour reasons to schedule your evaporative cooler shutdown

If you have a swamp cooler inside the house, it’s essential that you schedule a seasonal shutdown with Wagner. Here are the four big reasons why you should have Wagner shut down the swamp cooler this month:

#1. Prevent damage to the system

A swamp cooler contains many different moving parts, most made of metal. Over time, any standing water left in the system—or water deposited by winter rains or snow—will develop into rust and corrosion, ruining the system. In addition to completely draining the system, Wagner’s technicians expertly cover the swamp cooler to ensure that moisture is locked out.

This is necessary, even if you have a plastic swamp cooler. Standing water that is left inside the circulating pump can damage the system. Any leftover water can also serve as a safe haven for pests and insects, which can be a nasty surprise when the system is opened back up in the spring.

#2. Avoid costly repairs when you start the system in the spring

Every evaporative cooler has a water supply line. The supply line should be winterized before the start of the winter by an HVAC professional. That’s because freezing conditions here in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe area can freeze any remaining water in the lines, causing them to burst.

If the temperature goes below 32 degrees and remains at that level for an hour, any water inside the supply line will freeze, resulting in the pipes bursting. Put quite simply, this will ruin the system and require costly repairs. It’s better to just have a professional handle your evaporative cooler shutdown ahead of time.

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#3. Avoid the need to clean the system

Another major reason for shutting down your cooler before winter is that it will prevent dust from settling inside the cooler. When one of our professional technicians thoroughly inspects the cooler, we’ll clean and properly cover the unit.

This protective covering will prevent dirt and dust from getting inside the system, and—as we mentioned earlier—keep moisture out. This will go a long way in ensuring the increased lifespan of the cooler.

Scheduling a shutdown of your evaporative cooler won’t cost much. However, it can save you a lot of money on repairs and the cost of the system. Moreover, it makes spring startup easier by ensuring that your cooler is ready to go.

#4. Keep your evaporative cooler’s warranty intact

Winterizing the swamp cooler will also ensure that the system remains under warranty. Most manufacturers require that the cooler be properly maintained. Otherwise, the warranty is voided. To learn more about the specific warranty rules on your swamp cooler, give the team at Wagner a call.

Start your swamp cooler shutdown by calling the team at Wagner

Do you reside in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or surrounding areas? If so, you should contact Wagner to schedule the shutdown of your swamp cooler. Call us at (505) 884-2822 or contact us online.

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.

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.

Replace your furnace with Wagner

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.

Furnace repair versus replacement

It’s a cold winter night, and you’ve just heard a terrible sound in your attic. It was the sound of your furnace dying, and now you’re faced with a choice between furnace repair versus replacement. In other words, do you choose to have the professional team at Wagner revive your current furnace or is it better to just cut your losses and have Wagner install a new one.

Every situation—and furnace—is different, and resolving the furnace repair versus replacement debate will require a certified professional technician inspecting your heating system and providing you with details. However, in this blog post, we’ll review some things to think about if you’re debating between having your furnace repaired or just getting a new one.

No matter what you decide, Wagner is here to help. To get started with either a furnace repair or new furnace estimate, give us a call at (505) 884-2822. We serve the Albuquerque and Santa Fe metro areas.

Furnace Repair Versus Replacement DebateUpgrade to save on repair costs

No one plans on having their furnace break down. It just happens, but it’s often unexpected, and the cost of repair can be surprising. If your furnace is more than 10 years old, any manufacturer’s warranty it might have once had has probably since expired, meaning that you’re on the hook for any and all repair costs. To make matters more complicated, with an older furnace, there’s no guarantee that something else unrelated to the first problem might break down the road, or even in the same season.

In contrast, a new furnace is not only far less likely to break down, but most new systems—including those installed by the professional team at Wagner—come with a manufacturer’s warranty protecting parts and labor. If something does go wrong, you’ll be covered in most cases. Over time, the cost of repairing an older furnace can add up to the cost of just replacing it with a new one. But, that’s not the only place where your older system can be stealing money from you.

Upgrade to save on your energy bills

For good reason, many of us think that it’s a good idea to keep using things until they break for good. For example, you wouldn’t throw away a toaster oven that keeps toasting your bread. However, a furnace is much more complicated, and as furnaces age, they become less and less efficient. Your toaster oven may also be using more energy as it gets older, but since toasters don’t account for nearly 50% of your home’s energy use, you don’t notice the problem. That’s not the case with your furnace.

Your older furnace could be costing you money on two fronts. Not only is an older furnace more likely to experience mechanical failures and breakdowns as it ages, but it’s also draining more money out of your bank account every single month through higher and higher bills. If you’ve been debating furnace repair versus replacement on the grounds of costs, take into consideration what you’ll be spending extra for the old system, in the form of higher monthly bills. Over time, those additional costs can add up.

We can provide you with an estimate on a new furnace.

We can provide you with an estimate on a new furnace.

Upgrade for better comfort

So, your older furnace isn’t getting the job done in terms of reliability or energy efficiency. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s probably also not performing like it once did. As furnaces age past ten years, they just don’t heat your home as effectively as they did when they were new. In most cases, your home will begin to experience hot and cold spots instead of the even heating you once had. When this happens, you’ll know that it’s time for an upgrade.

Wagner can help you resolve the furnace repair versus replacement debate

The best way to determine if it’s better to repair your older furnace or replace it with a new one? Talk to the technicians from Wagner Mechanical. We pride ourselves on being honest and helpful. We’re not going to push you into buying a new furnace that you don’t need. Instead, we’ll lay out the advantages of upgrading and what things will cost, so that you have the knowledge to make a great decision. From there, we’ll help you with whatever you need. Debating between furnace repair versus replacement doesn’t need to be stressful.

Ready to get started with either furnace repair or new furnace installation? Give Wagner Mechanical a call at (505) 884-2822, or contact us online.

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!