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On vs Auto: Which is the better thermostat setting?

Thermostats have a wide range of features and controls that most homeowners never end up looking into or using. This goes double for smart thermostats. By adjusting your thermostat settings to better fit your home’s comfort needs, you can save money every single year. In this article, we’ll review the on versus auto settings, and discuss how smart thermostats have changed the ballgame when it comes to automating your indoor comfort.

Need thermostat services here in Albuquerque? You’re in the right place. Wagner offers thermostat repair and installation services. Contact us today to schedule service.

Setting your thermostat for optimal comfort and energy savings

Here’s what you need to know about the on and auto thermostat settings and how they impact your home’s comfort year-round.

What is the on thermostat setting?

Setting the thermostat settings to ‘On’ keeps the fan running at all times. When the fan is kept running, the air is pulled through the in-built filtration system that keeps it clean. In addition, keeping the fan running will result in fewer starts and stops of the fan thereby reducing the risk of a malfunction.

The major disadvantage of keeping the fan running is that it jacks up the heating bills. Unless variable speed motor is installed, it will cost you as much as $50 per month to keep the fun running 24/7. Another con of keeping the fan running constantly is that the air filter will tend to clog up quickly due to which you will have to change the filter frequently.

Also, when the fan is running, you will feel cold air coming from the vents. While the temperature of the air will be similar to that of the space heater, it will feel cold when compared to your body temperature.

What is the auto thermostat setting?

The ‘Auto’ thermostat function will make the fan run according to your specified settings. The fan can be controlled through a timer circuit inside the unit. Generally, the auto setting will start the furnace fan about half a minute after the burner is lit. The fan is turned off about a minute after the desired temperature is reached.

With a programmable thermostat, you can automate your thermostat setting for optimal comfort and efficiency.

With a programmable thermostat, you can automate your thermostat setting for optimal comfort and efficiency.

The main benefit of setting the thermostat to ‘Auto’ is that it will result in more energy efficient usage. This is because the fan will run only when it’s required. Also, the air filter will need to be changed or cleaned less frequently when the thermostat setting is set to ‘Auto’.

However, more starts and stops will mean that the fan will wear out more quickly. In addition, it will result in the less efficient distribution of heat inside the room.

Conclusion

The above discussion will make it clear to you whether ‘On’ or ‘Auto’ thermostat setting is right for you. If you want to keep the energy bills low, you should set the thermostat to ‘Auto’. However, if you prefer more even distribution of heat inside the house, it’s better that you set the thermostat setting to ‘On’.

What about smart thermostats?

Also known as “programmable thermostats,” smart thermostats are the 21st century answer to the traditional “dial” thermostats most homes used to feature. Smart thermostats come in a variety of sizes, shapes, makes, and models, but—regardless of which one you buy—they all have one feature in common: automated temperature settings. With this thermostat, you can program the temperature of your home ahead of time on your smartphone, and then the thermostat will automatically adjust the cooling or heating system when you’re away, at home, or sleeping.

This helps homeowners save money because it removes the human element—that is to say, you personally having to turn the dial before leaving for work—from the equation. All-in-all, upgrading to a smart thermostat can cut your cooling and heating costs by up to 10% annually. This makes it one of the best ways to make your home more energy-efficient. Other tips include:

Have thermostat questions? Call us!

If you want more information about thermostats, as well as installation tips from certified and professional technicians in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, contact us at Wagner.

Why you should hire a professional for drain cleaning and clearing clogs

Clogged drains and toilets are a regular part of life in your home. Before you reach for that drain cleaner, however, you should know that there are benefits to bringing in an expert to clear your sink, shower, or toilet clog. When you hire a professional for drain cleaning, you’re getting access to their expertise, drain-safe tools, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your drain was cleaned successfully.

Hire a professional for drain cleaning here in Albuquerque.

Have a clog? Have a professional plumber out to inspect the issue and clear the blockage.

For fast and reliable drain cleaning services here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, call our team at Wagner. We’re your local drain cleaning specialists. Be sure to check out our specials for ways to save money on our clog clearing services.

Why hire a professional for drain cleaning?

Drain cleaning and clog clearing is a job best left to a professional. Here are five reasons why you should hire a professional for drain cleaning projects in your home:

#1. Home remedies can’t clear the toughest clogs

Some people may swear by them, but most home remedies to clear clogs just don’t work. Many clogs are tougher than they initially appear. Here are some common home drain cleaning tactics and their shortcomings:

Hot water and dish soap

The problem here is that PVC pipes are often not built to handle boiling water. In fact, PVC and the glue at the joints near the sink trap can be damaged by temperatures above 140 degrees. This means that you effectively need to heat water—but not too much—and then hope that it retains enough heat by the time it reaches the clog to re-liquefy trapped grease. It’s a long shot, and this remedy also assumes that grease is the problem.

Coat hanger

Many people use a wire coat hanger to reach into the shower drain and pull out trapped hair. Two issues: first, the coat hanger wire may not be long enough to reach the clog. Second, this may clear some of the hair, but is unlikely to remove all of it. You’ll be right back at square one soon.

Baking soda and vinegar

Again, this home remedy calls for boiling water to be poured down first, which is not recommended for homes with PVC piping. The combination of baking soda and vinegar may clear a mild, weak clog, but it’s unlikely to really impact a deeper, stronger one.

#2. Plumbers have the right tools to get the job done

Outside of a small plunger and a wrench, most homeowners do not have access to the wide assortment of clog-clearing tools that a professional plumber does. Here are some of the tools of our trade and how they help clear a wide variety of drain and pipe blockages:

Plungers

Every American homeowner has a toilet plunger in their home. Professional plumbers often carry several, with different-sized and -shaped plungers playing different roles in drain cleaning projects. The typical plunger, for instance, is highly effective on sinks and drains, but toilets often require a ball plunger that creates better pressure.

A Wagner plumber feeds an auger line into a sewer line.

Sink Auger

Commonly known as a “drum auger,” this is a specialized tool plumbers use to clear sink and shower drain clogs. The auger contains a steel cord. The plumber positions the cord inside of the drain and then turns the auger’s handle to extend it out. As the cord snakes into the drain and around bends, it pushes into and through clogs, clearing them.

Snake Tools

Our plumbers carry a wide range of different snake tools for clearing clogs. The type of clog often dictates the type of snake tool that gets used for a particular job. For example, snake tools with barbs and hooks are better at clearing out shower drains because they can catch amassed hair for the plumber to then pull out of the pipe.

Endoscopic “Snake” Camera

We’ll review more about this in a minute, but this is essentially a specialized snake tool that features a tiny digital camera with a light at the end. Plumbers use this to see into the pipes, typically by feeding the snake into the drain and then watching its travel with the homeowner on a small screen.

Water Jets

While not needed on every job, high-pressure water jets can be used to blast through deep, stubborn clogs. This is preferable to using chemical solutions since the water jet does not harm the pipes or plumbing. Our plumbers will often use water jets to clear significant sewer line blockages.

#3. Store-bought chemicals don’t always work

Take a trip to your local hardware store, and you’ll find a wide variety of drain cleaners available. Many homeowners decide to use these chemicals instead of bringing in a professional plumber, but there are drawbacks:

  • Ineffectiveness: Many of these drain cleaning chemicals are not powerful enough to clear a stubborn clog deep in your pipes. Even when they break through the clog, they rarely clear it out completely, which sets the stage for future clogs in the very near future.
  • Pipe Damage: Avoid drain cleaning products that contain hydrochloric acid or sulfuric acid. These strong acids may work against the clog, but they can also damage your pipes, sink, garbage disposal, and everything else they touch. According to The New York Times, even the drain cleaning products that say they won’t damage pipes will do some damage to them.
  • Storage: For good reason, many homeowners are understandably nervous about keeping drain cleaning products around their homes. These products are dangerous, especially if accidentally consumed by children or pets. If you do have drain cleaning products, keep them elevated and out of the way in a cool, dark place.
  • Safety: If you are going to use these chemical drain cleaners, you need to clear the area around the drain. Wear protective eyewear and plastic gloves—preferably ones that cover your wrists. Make sure you properly dispose of the plastic bottle in a way consistent with hazardous waste disposal in your area.

For these reasons, our professionals only use chemicals as a last resort to clear a clog. In a vast majority of cases, we can clear the clog with a plunger, our snake tools, or other non-chemical methods.

#4. You don’t know what’s down there

Every clog is different. Many shower clogs, for instance, are caused by the buildup of hair deep within the drain, whereas kitchen sink clogs can be caused by stuck food waste or solidified grease. What the clog is made of often determines how it should be handled. For example, our plumbers may use a plunger to attempt to clear a toilet or sink clog, but that is far less effective on shower drain clogs, where a specialized snake tool should be used to snag, and then remove, the trapped hair.

In other cases, you may know what’s down your drain—and want it back. Jewelry, such as earrings and wedding bands, often is accidentally flushed or sent down the drain. You’ll want the assistance of a professional plumber for this: our team has specialized drain endoscopes—basically, cameras attached to a snake tool—that allow us to look down into the drain and find lost items. We can then use other snake tools to retrieve the item without damaging it or pushing it further into the pipe.

#5. Clogged drains could indicate other problems

A clogged sink, shower, or toilet drain might be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Your home could be experiencing the start of a sewer line clog. Some of the warning signs of a blocked sewer line include:

  • All the drains in your home have clogged simultaneously.
  • The physically lowest drains in the home—typically, the bathtub or shower drain—are backing up.

At this point, you need to stop running the water, turn off the water supply to your home, and call our team for 24/7 emergency service. A sewer line blockage is a serious issue for any home and could lead to a sewer backup.

Clearing just one pipe will not do anything to remove the clog. Sewer line clogs are much deeper in the system. In fact, it’s often the process of attempting to clear the clog—which may include adding more water, continuing to flush the toilet, or adding liquid drain cleaner—that exacerbates the problem.

At Wagner, we’re your locally trusted plumbing team

Since 1928, Wagner has been Albuquerque’s trusted name in plumbing services. When you need to hire a professional for drain cleaning in your home, call us. We offer 24/7 emergency service, and one of our experienced and friendly plumbers can quickly be at your home to clear the clog and get your kitchen or bathroom back to normal.

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.

What’s different about having ductless HVAC installed?

Ductless HVAC systems have many advantages when compared to standard air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps. Namely, you don’t need ductwork to get cooling and heating in your home! In this blog, we’ll review what’s different about how ductless gets put in your home.

Ready to learn more? Schedule a free in-home estimate with the Wagner team by contacting us today.

Here’s what’s different about how ductless HVAC gets installed

#1. You don’t need ducts (but homes with them can still get ductless)

Ductless cooling and heating is perfect for homes or buildings without existing ductwork. This includes historic buildings that pre-date modern air conditioning and heating, garages, and commercial buildings. Since ductwork installation can be a major expense for a homeowner or business owner, ductless allows you to access comfort without that step.

However, if your home or business currently has ductwork, you can still get ductless installed, either as a replacement for your centralized system or as an addition to it. In the case of the latter, this would be to add extra cooling and heating to select rooms of your home.

#2. You get to pick-and-choose where comfort lives

With central cooling and heating, you more-or-less are going to be sending conditioned (either heating or cooled) air to wherever the ducts take it. You home gets all-around heating or cooling, but it’s not quite as customizable as with ductless HVAC systems.

With ductless, you can put the indoor units in whatever room you need them to be in. For example, have a family room that’s the place for parties, but a craft room that doesn’t get used very often? You may choose to put a ductless unit in the living room, but not in the craft room.

#3. Multiple indoor units, one outside unit

Many indoor ductless units can be connected to a single outside unit, which allows you more flexibility in how many ductless units you need for your home.

#4. Wall-mounted for convenience

Most of the ductless HVAC systems we install are wall-mounted, near the top of the wall. Typically, these systems blend in with the surrounding furniture and decor. They’re designed to be less noticeable and—this is certainly true for the Mitsubishi systems we install—beautiful and modern.

This setup not only prevents you from needing ductwork installation, but provides you with more floorspace for furniture.

For a free quote on ductless HVAC installation, call Wagner!

Wagner is where you’ll find professional ductless system installation, right here in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our friendly techs know the ins-and-outs of installing these advanced systems. As a Mitsubishi Diamond Contractor Elite dealer, we have the right tools and experience to handle your install the right way.

Ready to get started? Contact our team today to get a free in-home estimate on a new ductless HVAC system.

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.

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.

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.

Pros And Cons Of Tankless Water Heaters

Pros and Cons of Tankless Water HeatersIf you are thinking about buying a new water heater, you should know about the pros and cons of tankless water heaters before buying the device.

What are tankless water heaters?

Tankless water heaters are increasingly becoming popular in the United States. The heater warms up the water directly, without using a storage tank like conventional water heaters.

Once the tap is turned on, cold water goes into the tankless water heater, which heats the water as it flows through the tap.

Tankless water heaters: Are they a good fit for your home?

Installing a tankless water heater results in many benefits. You can able to avail federal tax rebates of up to $200 when you install gas tankless heaters. Apart from that, you will also benefit in the form of lower energy bills.

In addition, you can expect to save around $100 or more in a year in water bills depending on the water usage. Tankless units heat water only when the tap is turned on. There is no need to heat water in the storage tank that means less wastage of water. This results in reduced energy bills.

Another advantage of tankless water heater is that they provide instant hot water. There is no need to wait for the warm water to come out of the tap. Also, since the water heater is compact, it does not take up any real estate space.

The tankless water heaters also have longer life span. Conventional storage tank heaters have a lifespan of about 10 years. In contrast, the tankless water heater can last for up to 20 years. So, in the long run, you will save more due to less need for a replacement of the water heating device. This is one of the most important things to consider when weighing the pros and cons of tankless water heaters.

When it comes to disadvantage, the biggest con is that it serves only one faucet at a time. You can install multiple units to overcome the problem but that will be costly. Also, you may also have to add another gas line in case of gas water heaters. The tankless water heater may also require expensive stainless steel tubing. These costs will further increase the cost of the tankless water heater.

Keep in mind that the tankless water heaters require a minimum flow rate of 0.5 GPM. The device will not be able to heat the water in case of low water pressure.

The bottom line

You need to weigh-in all the pros and cons before making a decision to buy the tankless water heater. Make sure that you contact a professional to install the water heater. Installing a water heater is not a DIY task and requires expert level skills.

Call Wagner for more on the pros and cons of tankless water heaters

If you want to get in touch with experienced and licensed technicians in the area of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can contact with confidence Wagner Mechanical. We offer installation services of both conventional and tankless water heaters at an affordable price.

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.