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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.

On Vs Auto: Which Is The Better Furnace Thermostat Setting?

Better Furnace Thermostat SettingMost new gas furnace thermostat features different controls for fan control. The thermostat setting that you select have a direct influence on the heating bills. You can save hundreds of dollars just by using the right thermostat settings in the home.

One aspect of the thermostat setting that most people get confused about is the ‘On’ and ‘Auto’ settings.

Should you set the fan to ‘on’ or ‘auto’? Which one is the better furnace thermostat setting?

In this article, we will look at the pros and cons of each so that you can decide for yourself which one is the right setting for the home furnace. Need more advice? Contact the professional team at Wagner Mechanical!

The pros and cons of 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.

The pros and cons of 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.

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’.

Call Wagner with all your thermostat questions

If you want more information about furnace repair and installation tips from certified and professional technicians in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico., you can contact Wagner Mechanical.

Swamp cooler shutdown season has arrived

During the hot summer months in northern New Mexico, it’s difficult to be comfortable in your home without your swamp cooler running. But, as summer ends and autumn brings colder months to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, it’s time to start thinking about swamp cooler shutdown for the season.

Wagner Mechanical offers swamp cooler shutdowns, and in this post, we’ll review some of the reasons you need our professional shutdown service this fall.

Swamp Cooler ShutdownWhy do I need to have my swamp cooler shut down?

Unlike air conditioners, an active ingredient in the operation of swamp coolers is water. Left to its own devices over the winter, water will freeze, rust metal, and become a future house for insects of all types in the spring. A professional swamp cooler shutdown has multiple steps, but a main task is removing this water from the system.

If you don’t remove the water, it could destroy your evaporative cooler over the course of the winter. Albuquerque is no stranger to freezing nights, and any water left in the water line will freeze, most likely causing the pipe to burst and need to be replaced the following spring when it’s time to start your system back up.

Water can also rust, causing essential mechanical parts to wear down and stop working. In short, failure to remove water from the swamp cooler prior to the fall could lead to the complete destruction of the evaporative cooler—which means you’ll have to pay to replace it next summer.

What does a swamp cooler shutdown include?

As a part of our swamp cooler shutdown process, the HVAC technicians at Wagner Mechanical will:

  • Remove all water from the pan, lines, and system as a whole.
  • Disconnect the water line.
  • Thoroughly clean the swamp cooler and seal any leaks.
  • Install a protective cover over the swamp cooler.
  • Seal the vent to the house.

Why should I have a professional company do this work?

You don’t want just anyone working with your evaporative cooler, especially when you’re winterizing it. To be properly ready for winter, all water needs to be removed from the line, components, pan, and more. An HVAC professional has the best equipment and expertise to get this job done, and it’s less hassle for you as a homeowner.

Our NATE-certified technicians are swamp cooler professionals who will not only winterize your unit, but also give it a checkup to make sure it’s ready for startup in the spring. As part of our current special in Fall 2016, they’ll also get your furnace checked while they’re there, making sure that you don’t have any problems with your heating system. It’s a great deal and can really help you knock two items off your home maintenance list at once.

Ready to have your swamp cooler shut down?

If you’re ready to winterize your system, contact us online or give the team at Wagner Mechanical a call today at (505) 884-2822. We’ll help you prepare your home’s swamp cooler for the colder months ahead, so that it’s ready to rock-n-roll again in the spring when things begin to heat up.