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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.

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.

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.

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!